Guy Food: Chicken Salad 3 Ways

Chicken Salad Three Ways

When I make Brian lunch, most of the time it is chicken salad.  It is easy, it can make a big batch all at once, and it can be made in many different ways.  Brian asked me if I could teach him how to make chicken salad all the way down to cooking the chicken.  Here is our step-by-step guide to the perfect chicken for chicken salad.

Step 1: Put water in the bottom of a glass baking dish (about 1/4 inch)

Step 2: Place a chicken breast in the pan (can cook more than one at a time if needed)

Step 3:  Season with salt and pepper or any other spices you have on hand

Step 4: Place in preheated oven (350 degrees for thin chicken and 400 degrees for thick chicken)

Step 5:  Set the time to 20 minutes

Step 5:  Remove chicken from oven and cut in the center to see if it is done.  Check to make sure there is no pink

You chicken is made!

You will then want to let it cool, and chop it up into small bite sized pieces if you are making chicken salad with it.

Chicken Salad #1:  “Classic” Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Hellman’s Dijonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp of either Low-Fat Miracle Whip or Low-Fat Mayonnaise (I am a Miracle Whip girl and Brian is a mayo guy)
  • 1 chicken breast (may use less, depending on the size)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/4 apple sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped red onion
Preparation:
After chopping the veggies, combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Taste to make sure that it is seasoned properly.  May serve with crackers, on a wrap, as a sandwich, or may eat with a fork!

Chicken Salad #2:  Buffalo Chicken Salad

Brian likes to take credit for this one because it was his idea ;)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Low-Fat Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise

    He was worried that it might be hot!

  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to taste ( I like a lot, Brian likes a little)
  • 1/8 cup blue cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1 chicken breast (may use less depending on the size)
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve the same way as “Classic” Chicken Salad.
Chicken Salad 3#:  Curry Chicken Salad
Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp yellow curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp Low-Fat Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp red onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 chicken breast (depending on the size you may use less)
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy just as the other two chicken salad recipes.
**These all make one serving
Enjoy!!! Feel free to add in other vegetables (bell peppers, tomato, carrots, whatever you have on hand!).  You can also add nuts or seeds such as pecans, walnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds.

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