Chicken Salad Is Your FriendNovember 3, 2009
I don’t know who is responsible for creating the traditional version of chicken salad found in most delis and restaurants; the kind that is processed to the consistency of baby food, and/or the kind that begs the question, “Would you like some chicken salad with your mayo?” But whoever it was most likely died of a heart attack many years ago. Well I say chicken salad can be healthy! It can be fresh, light and delicious! Soured by the prevalence of the aforementioned style of chicken salad, I took it upon myself to create a version that I would be proud of.
The recipe that follows is extremely simple – there are only 6 ingredients, plus bread. So I guess that’s 7 ingredients. Hmm. Anyway, this makes it very versatile – you can add things to suit your own tastes, but I don’t think you’ll find it necessary. The carrots give it a nice crunch, and the scallions add just the right amount of oniony tang. One way to vary it, however, is the chicken you use. This calls for just plain cooked chicken, but if you have leftover BBQ chicken or some sort of Asian chicken or southwest flavored chicken dish, it will add a new dimension to the sandwich. But the core ingredients remain the same.
The amount of mayo is the key to this recipe. I use just enough to coat and bind everything together – it keeps it light and healthy and lets the chicken be the star. My favorite bread to use is ciabatta, but pretty much any and all kinds will suit the sandwich well.
I think this is the best chicken salad in the world. Let me know if you agree.
Eric’s Best Chicken Salad in the World Sandwich
(makes 2 sandwiches)
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (or chopped into very small chunks)
Carrot, diced very small (should have about 1/3 cup)
3 scallions, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 heaping tbsp. mayo (add more if you want)
2 ciabatta rolls, sliced (or 4 slices bread)
Combine the chicken, carrots, scallions, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the mayo, stirring gently to coat. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary. Divide the mixture onto the bread slices. Eat!