Friday, March 26, 2010

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

I recently discovered a tasty sounding recipe for chicken salad when browsing the internet, and copied it on to an index card to try someday.  Honestly, I don't remember where I saw it, so I'm unable to give credit to the source.  (If it happens to be your recipe, please speak up!!)

This recipe started calling my name today, when I had a pile of chicken pieces left from cooking a couple chicken carcasses and making some nutritious chicken stock.  (For information on making stock, go here or here.) 

So, I found my index card in a pile of important pieces of paper, and mixed this recipe up in no time.  Wow, was it ever Delicious! Everyone loved it and gobbled it up.  I'm thinking this is perfect for a spring luncheon or for dinner on a sultry summer day.

Here is the recipe:

1 pound chicken breast, cooked and cubed (or use leftover pieces from cooking a carcass as I did)
1 cup diagonally sliced celery
1 cup diagonally sliced green onions
1 cup mayonnaise
2 TBSP Dijon mustard
2 TBSP honey
1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1/2 cup craisins

Whisk together mayo, dijon, and honey.  Mix in pieces of chicken, celery and onions.  Add pecans and craisins, and stir well.  Chill.

Serve on fresh spinach leaves or in whole wheat pitas.  (Serves 6)  YUM!


mommyx12 said...

It not only sounds good but looks easy to pull together. I'm going to try this.

Rebecca's Refining said...

That looks yummy...and I have some craisins I need to use up! :)
Anna wasn't too impressed....but that isn't surprising! I may try it anyway!

busymomof10 said...

Actually, my children weren't too impressed with the sounds of the recipe either! They wanted me to make it without the craisins, pecans, onion and celery, and to add pickle relish! (Why does that sound exactly like my normal chicken salad recipe to me???) But they LOVED it and even asked for seconds! So, give it a try!!

dyslexic different thinking me said...

I love chicken and cranberries- this sounds fantastic!!

tlmalcolm said...

I've added craisins, grapes, almonds, apples, or pecans to chicken salad for a long time! Here in New England it is called Cape Cod Chicken Salad but I will try the dressing recipe sounds good with the addition of mustard and honey!! But tonight we are having "whatever" we find in the frig night. We had a very late and a very big lunch today:)

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