Ok, I’m just going to admit it. I’m thirty years old, and I just don’t know if I like to cook. I don’t necessarily dislike it, but it’s also not something that whips me into a frenzy. (Now, baking is another story. I LOVE to bake. But more on that another day.) I blame my mother. My amazing chef of a mother, who can produce just about any dish. Anytime. Anywhere. She laughs in the face of recipes, and can substitute any missing item with something of equal or greater gustatory value without skipping a beat. She has more kitchen tools than a Williams-Sonoma catalog (and actually uses them on a daily basis). But I’m just not sure I inherited that gene. Don’t start feeling bad for my husband. I cook most nights of the week and can do it rather well, but I almost exclusively rely on recipes. Heaven forbid I run out of oregano mid-prep. I’m talking borderline meltdown. Someone better run to the store quick, or we’re all eating Luca’s pureed peas and carrots for dinner.
Favorite Chicken Salad
It takes less than 30 minutes to make, and yields 6-8 servings.
- 1 rotisserie chicken, removed from the bone and finely chopped
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cubed
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 2-3 green onions, chopped
- Fresh basil, finely chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
Remove chicken from the bone and chop into small cubes. Core and cube apple. Combine remaining ingredients. Best if left overnight in the fridge (but I dare you to wait that long to eat it). Enjoy with crackers, on a croissant, or on a bed of fresh greens.
I had to recruit my very best mixer to ensure that all the ingredients were thoroughly distributed. Sometimes you just have to delegate.
There’s something about the combination of tangy, sweet, and fresh that makes this chicken salad so so good. Try it this weekend, and let me know how you like it!
What’s your favorite chicken salad recipe? Post it in the comments or email me. I’d love to try it out! Better yet, just make it and bring it on over. I’m sure we have lots to catch up about over chicken salad.