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         Quick and Easy Chicken Salad Recipes
         By: Barbara | Posted: Sep 02, 2009

         As a kid, I loved tuna salad. Because I was so picky, it was one of few foods that
         I ate. My mom used to go so far as to pack me a tuna sandwich when she and
         my brother went out for pizza (as that was not one of my accepted foods at the
         time). As I got older, I started to experiment with different foods, and one day
         while at a friend’s house, I tried chicken salad for the first time. Up until that
         point, I had never thought of creating a mayo-based sandwich filling with cut
         up chicken, one of my favorite foods.

         My friend cooked a few chicken breasts (which I marveled at since I was young
         and had no experience cooking my own meat) and then the two of us mixed in
         some mayo, chopped celery, raisins, salt and pepper. I was blown away by how
         delicious it was. Every time I hung out with that friend after school, I would
         request that we make chicken salad, and I even asked my mom to show me how
         to cook my own chicken so I could make it at home and pack chicken salad
         sandwiches for lunch.

         To this day, I enjoy creating chicken salad variations with nuts, dried fruit and
         fresh herbs. My favorite is still the classic mayo, celery, salt, pepper and
         raisins combination, but I’m always looking for new variations. I found a great
         selection of recipes on RecipeLion.com; they have everything from classic
         chicken salad and fruit-filled chicken salad to baked chicken salad recipes and
         even a low-fat version. I loved the unique idea of adding artichokes and
         sundried tomatoes, two items that I love but never would have thought to
         include in my chicken salad.

         One thing I’ve found is that many people are turned off of chicken salad
         because of an often overwhelming amount of mayonnaise. Believe it or not,
         there are many ways to make a delicious chicken salad sandwich without mayo.
         You can replace mayo with your favorite salad dressing – vinaigrettes work well
         – and add the rest of the ingredients in the same way. This is a great variation
         of classic chicken salad and it will save you quite a few calories. If you’re not
         completely opposed to mayo, use a dollop to add moisture and then add your
         favorite veggies, nuts or mix-ins.

         No matter what type of chicken salad you prefer, you can mix up a batch in no
         time. If you don’t want to cook chicken on the spot, use leftovers from a

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         previous meal. Just remove the skin and dice up the meat. You can also snag a
         rotisserie chicken from the grocery store (almost all grocery stores have them
         in the hot foods section), cut it up and have meals for days. Use the white meat
         to make chicken salad and use the rest of the bird for other quick and easy
         meals like tacos, chicken pizza or sandwiches. It’s a fast and simple way to get
         a meal on the table in no time, and the juicy chicken will create a fabulous
         chicken salad that everyone will enjoy.

         Try out a new chicken salad recipe this weekend. Play around with different
         ways to dress the salad, add crunch and flavor. You might be surprised with
         what you come up with.

         About the Author

         I am an Editor of RecipeLion.com, a great resource for recipes, cooking tips
         and entertaining ideas.

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