Thursday, October 22, 2009

Recipe Party: "Best-Ever Chicken Salad" Recipe

I was so excited when I saw that our sweet and gracious blogging friend Rhoda, at Southern Hospitality, is having a Recipe Party ... and it's today! It's a great time for swapping recipes, with the holidays right around the corner, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is sharing today.

Thank you, Rhoda, for taking the time to give us this opportunity to share our recipes in such a fun way.

I'd like to share my favorite Chicken Salad recipe. It's not your "run-of-the-mill" chicken salad and takes a little time to prepare, but I think you and your family will love it. It's a great "company" recipe ... and is perfect for luncheons, too.

Best-Ever Chicken Salad
Recipe courtesy of Fairfield Grocery, Shreveport, Louisiana


3 pounds skinned and boned chicken breasts
1 (49-1/2-ounce) can Chicken Broth
1 cup finely chopped Celery
1/2 cup finely chopped Water Chestnuts, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup finely chopped Red Bell Pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped Yellow Bell Pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped Red Onion
3 cups Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon ground Red Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon White Pepper


Place chicken breasts in a large skillet; add chicken broth. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer, covered, 30 minutes or until chicken is done.

Remove chicken from skillet, and let stand 15 minutes or until cool to touch. Shred chicken (I use a fork to shred it which is time-consuming but gives it a wonderful texture).

Combine shredded chicken, celery, water chestnuts, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl.

Stir together mayonnaise, ground red pepper, salt, and white pepper until well blended.

Spoon over shredded chicken mixture, stirring to coat. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

Yield: Makes about 8 (1-cup) servings (serving size: 1 cup)


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

We love chicken salad and your recipe looks fabulous, Janie!

Allison Shops said...

I LOVE chicken salad! But I majorly lazy and usually buy Zoe's. I will make an effort to try this next summer. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love a good chicken salad, but I've never tried to make it before. Thank you for sharing a great recipe! :) This would be perfect for a get-together. Stopping by from Rhoda's party. :)

Southerner said...

Sounds wonderful. I am bookmarking this to try.

Stacey said...

I love the sound of those bell peppers. They add a little zest to any recipe. Must confess that I might use a roasted chicken. :)

southerninspiration said...

Oh, that sounds delish!! I love chicken salad....


vicksburgnews said...

I want some so much. I think I could eat the whole bowl. I miss my mamma's cooking so much some days.

susan said...

I like the idea of water chestnuts for the "crunch" effect! I might have to pick up Paula's magazine too--I NEED to-die-for chocolate sauce :0). Thanks for stopping by and your so very sweet comments!

21st Century Housewife© said...

Just stopped by from Rhonda's party - This recipe looks really beautiful and very tasty too!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This sounds divine, Janie! I could eat that whole bowl. LOL!

Love to you...


Sheila :-)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Janie, thank you for joining the party! You can never have too many chicken salad recipes. This looks fantastic.

sweetjeanette said...

Stopping by to say hi from Rhoda's recipe party. I love chicken salad! Thanks for the recipe.
Come see me sometime, I'd be thrilled

heartnsoulcooking said...

I love the idea of water chestnuts, sounds wonderful.

Kristen said...

I love chicken salad and I'm pretty sure I'm going to love this one! Looks wonderful & so colorful!

Donna said...

I have been looking for a different recipe for chicken salad. This sounds delish!
Thank you visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi janie, I was just out visiting today and decided to stop by and say hello, and to see what you have been doing, and I see you have been busy cooking. Chicken salad is a favorite of mine. I prepared some this past Monday night for a meeting and everyone enjoyed it. Now it seems I have found a new recipe. I have not tryed water chestnuts and since I enjoy them I think it will be very delicious.

I enjoyed your story of spending special time with
your granddaughter Avery, I know you have so much fun.
Thank you for sharing, and as always I enjoy visiting.

Allyson said...

I love chicken salad! This recipe look delicious!

Anonymous said...

Hi Janie! I just made chicken soup and have lots of leftover chicken so I must try this! I'm always looking for new chick salad recipes and this sounds really good! Hope you are well; I miss visiting everyday but will try and catch up today on your posts! Have a fun weekend - Sincerely, Jeannette

Tonja said...

This sounds great...and easy!

Erica said...

I love Chicken Salad!!!.....and yours looks very delicious. Thank you for posting your recipe and great picture.Have a fun weekend!


Marian Love Phillips said...

Janie...I could eat chicken salad forever and ever...and this recipe looks so good and will have to try it. Thanks for sharing! :)