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Chicken Salad with Rotisserie Chicken

Crisp and fresh Chicken Salad with Apples

I really love chicken salad with apples and recently I stripped a whole chicken I pulled out of the slow cooker and made this salad. Um, wow. So much better with well-seasoned chicken! This would be a snap with a store-bought rotisserie chicken. (Whole Foods has clean ones!) Even my picky little eaters liked it and my oldest requested it in her lunch the next day.

If you need a homemade mayo recipe, use this one: Homemade Mayonnaise. I use avocado oil now instead of olive because I like the neutral flavor better. I also throw in a little garlic, because… garlic. I used to turn my nose up at mayonnaise and shudder at recipes that used it by cupful, but after I realized homemade mayo is actually WAAAAY better for you and tastes superior to commercial mayo, it doesn’t scare me any more.

Chicken Apple Salad

Chicken Apple Salad

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This makes a perfect, portable picnic lunch without needing to make a bunch of sandwiches. We love the sweet crunch from the apples!

Ingredients

  • 1 whole, cooked and seasoned chicken, meat stripped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 large apple, cored and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 cup of toasted nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews, or slivered almonds)
  • Lettuce leaves, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in a large bowl and shred or cut into small pieces. Add apple celery, green onions, and nuts to the bowl.
  2. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, mustard, and honey. Pour mixture over chicken and stir it up.
  3. Serve in rolls, bread, lettuce cups, or eat it alone!

Notes

Nat's Notes:

  1. If you don't have or want to use a rotisserie chicken, about three large, cooked and seasoned chicken breasts would be fine.
  2. If you don't have issues with dairy (or don't like mayonnaise), you can replace half or all of the mayonnaise with full-fat, plain Greek yogurt.

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