Chicken Salad Sandwich

This easy chicken salad recipe is the perfect thing to do with last nights roast chicken and makes a dynamite lunch that's great to to take to work, school, or play. Throw in the usual ingredients, like celery red onion and mayo, kick it up a notch with grapes, walnuts and fresh dill, and then blow the roof off with curry powder and spicy brown porter mustard. Now that's a recipe for chicken salad!

Delicious, easy, no fail 10 minute chicken salad and chicken salad sandwiches.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • last nights roast chicken (I'm using a whole one, if it's really leftover chicken, you may just have certain pieces)
  • 1/3 cup celery
  • 1/3 cup grapes (optional, including grapes makes it a "Napa" style chicken salad)
  • 2 tsp fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup apple
  • 1/3 cup red onion
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 3 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp mustard (optional)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • sandwich bread of your choice
  • sandwich fixings: lettuce, tomato, pickles, cheese, sprouts

Step 2: Prep and chop ingredients

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Wash and prep the vegetables. This includes peeling the apple, removing the skin of the onion and pulling the dill off its sprigs.

Chop the apple, onion, and celery to a small size. Grapes get cut in half, walnuts and currants get chopped and the dill gets minced.

Set these ingredients aside.

Step 3: Tear meat off of the chicken and chop

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Tear all of the meat off of the chicken carcass. I set the skin aside and eat it as a treat along with my sandwich - many throw it away because it is high in fat, but those people have some sort of problem with the pleasure center of their brains.

I think dark meat is far more flavorful than white meat, so I'm happy to include it in my chicken salad. Others may want to pick the dark meat and make their salad from the white meat of the breasts alone.

Roughly chop all of the meat and add it into a medium sized mixing bowl.
gemmaflower3 years ago
looks so very delicious!
flashcactus5 years ago
some pictures
Looks delicious.
It IS delicious!
Chicken Salad! Yes!
jdtwelve125 years ago
Nice Instructable. I've never been a fan of chicken salad, but this actually made my mouth water. It looks delicious, and a big part of that owes to your photography. Nicely done.
Looks tasty! Not that it matters much (I'm sure both are delicious), but the nuts in the picture are pecans, not walnuts.
flashcactus5 years ago
its very tasty! Thanks!
flashcactus5 years ago
if you roast the chicken a little bit after tearing it apart, it will become REALLY yummy
I've always wanted to like chicken salad. And this one looks especially yummy! It has all ingredients I like... except the mayo. Maybe I should try substituting something else and see how that works. :D
noahw (author)  jessyratfink5 years ago
Seems to me that you could easily make tasty chicken salad by substituting a healthy dose of olive oil for the mayo. It won't bind quite as well, but if you let it sit over night it will probably come together quite nicely.
That's a really good idea. I was thinking yogurt, but was afraid it might be too tangy. I think I'm going to try the olive oil. I'll report back with how it works out! :D
Actually, I've made a mediterranean-esque chicken salad sandwich before with plain yogurt and hummus (and chicken, goat/feta cheese, red onion, pine nuts, cucumber, tomato, red bell pepper, oregano, etc etc) inside of a pita. More like a chicken salad gyro than a sandwich. ps - Noahw, this recipe looks delicious! I especially like the combination of fruits you chose.
lemonie5 years ago
Yeah this does look good. What's your preference for bread and type of chicken? (And what mustard is that?) L
noahw (author)  lemonie5 years ago
It's a mustard made by Sierra Nevada - the beer brewery. They have three varieties I believe, all which contain beer as an ingredient. My favorite is the Porter and Spicy Brown, which is what's pictured above.
lemonie noahw5 years ago
Mmm, probably can't buy that stuff where I live... L
fwjs285 years ago
yummm...looks really good...