Funky Chicken Salad

Is it just me or has this year been flying by?  I can’t believe Halloween has already come and gone.  Oh well, now a chef’s favorite holiday is around the corner!

Two important lessons I learned this October…
1.  Never buy Halloween candy 2 weeks early
2.  Never buy Halloween candy you actually like

I failed miserably at both of these, I bought candy early thinking I would save myself the trouble of making a mad dash to the store Halloween eve.  Because I bought my favorite candy, I ended up having to go to the store last night to replace all of the candy I had eaten.

Funky Chicken Salad
At work we had a potluck lunch to celebrate a birthday and Halloween.  We had a chicken salad contest and I won!  So here is the recipe for the chicken salad.

 

Ingredients
2 lbs cubed chicken (Should equal 4 cups)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 6 oz packet of dried cranberries
1 cup chopped celery (About 3 stalks)
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 a green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
black pepper

Crackers/croissants/bread

Directions
Season, cook, and cube the chicken.

In a dish you plan to keep the chicken salad in, mix together the mayonaise, paprika, seasoned salt. 
Then add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.  Add black pepper to taste.
Cover and let it sit in the refridgerator for at least an hour or 2 before eating.
I usually make it the night before I plant to serve, this gives it plenty of time for the flavors to mesh!

Modifications
Instead of pecans you could use walnuts, almonds, or pine nuts.
Instead of dried cranberries, try dried cherries, apricots, raisins.
Instead of 4 cups of chicken, try left over turkey from Thanksgiving!
Add a dash of cayenne pepper for a hint of spice.
To make a cajun version, instead of seasoning salt, add a teaspoon of cajun seasoning and a pinch of salt.

3 thoughts on “Funky Chicken Salad

  1. OH we learned that lesson last year! This year we also learned not to buy party snacks for Halloween early. That sounds delish! I cannot wait to try it. I'm thinking cajun. New follower from MBC! Please feel free to follow my blog and participate in my first blog give-a-way. Meg@Mommy Needs A Time Outwww.mnato.blogspot.com

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