chicken salad

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This week I had some chicken breasts that I needed to bake, but no idea what to make.  I phoned my sister for ideas and she suggested chicken salad – YUM!  So she sent me her mother-in-law’s recipe which was – in true family recipe fashion – a laundry list of ingredients with no measurements or proportions whatsoever.  I used the list as a starting point, and came up with the following…

chicken salad

ingredients:

4 C shredded chicken (~3-4 chicken breasts; see below)
1 C mayonaise (plus more to taste)
1/4 C pickle juice
1/2 C dried cranberries
1 diced Granny Smith apple
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

optional add-ins: 
1/4 C chopped dill pickles
1/4 C chopped pecans

Simply stir all of the ingredients together and enjoy!  Serve on bread, with water crackers, as a sandwich, or on its own.
Tip:  Start with 1 cup mayo, and after you’ve added all of the other ingredients, if additional mayo is desired, add more mayo one or two tablespoons at a time.  It’s much easier to add more mayo than it is to try to take it out.  

Re pickles:  Some people love pickles in chicken salad, so I’ve included them as an optional add-in.  For me, a bit of pickle juice is plenty for taste and consistency.  Too many pickles and it starts to feel more like a tuna salad. 

shredded chicken:

chicken breasts (boneless/skinless)
garlic powder
pepper
salt

Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on the size and number of chicken breasts being cooked.  Remove the chicken with tongs and place on a cutting board or large plate.  Cut the chicken into pieces (roughly 1-2 inch squares), then shred those pieces using two forks.  Use immediately, or freeze in ziplock bags for later use!  

I cooked up 5 chicken breasts, because that’s what I had.  For 4 cups of shredded chicken, you really only need 3-4 chicken breasts, depending on their size.  

Enjoy!
xoxo
-ash

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