Lemon/ginger Chicken Salad Recipe

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Lemon/Ginger Chicken Salad

Carol Kostantinovich


i got this recipe from 1 of the cooks at a catering company when I lived in Houston, TX. They sold theirs for $75.00 for 1/2 gallon.
I kicked it up a little.
I shared it with my friend for a Mother's Day Brunch at her church, and it was a smash hit!

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45 Min


45 Min


4 large
boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
1/2 c
homemade mayonnaise (recipe to follow)
1/4 c
sour crean
1 tsp
granulated sugar
1/2 tsp
finely grated lemon rind
1/2 tsp
freshly ground ginger
1 c
red & green seedless grapes (mixed)
1/2 c
finely diced celery (strings removed)
1/3 c
coarsly chopped walnuts or slivered almonds
1/4 tsp
kosher salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp
freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
ingredients for homemade mayonnaise
2 large
egg yolks
1/2 tsp
dried whole grain mustard
2 pinch
1/4 tsp
white pepper (fresh ground)
1/2 tsp
kosher salt
4 tsp
fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 tsp
white wine vingar
1-1/2 c
safflower oil or evoo

Directions Step-By-Step

Poach Chicken in 1 cup water and 1 cup chicken broth, the juice of 1 lemon and the ginger peeled and coarsely chopped into small pieces. Remove chicken and set aside to cool.
Make Mayonnaise (See ingredients list) Whisk egg yolks until light yellow. Add dry ingredients and whisk to incorporate. In small bowl, mix lemon juice and white wine vinegar to combine. Add to egg yolk and dry ingredients mixture and whisk together until mixture starts to thicken on back of wooden spoon. Start to slowly add oil of choice, drizzling into egg mixture , whisking briskly. As emulsion starts to thicken more. Increase flow of oil to thin steady stream until 1/2 cup is used. Add rest of lemon juice mixture. Continue in this manner until all oil has been added to emulsion. Refrigerate to cool and ready to use makes about 2 cups. Extra keeps in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Clean celery. Remove strings and finely dice. Wash and dry grapes and cut in half.
Cut cooled chicken breasts into about 2 inch cubes
Combine about 1 cup mayonnaise, sour cream,sugar, 1/2 t grated lemon rind, 1/2 t finely grated ginger, salt & white pepper to taste in small bowl. Stir well to combine
In large bowl, add cooled chicken cubes, celery, grapes and nuts and mix lightly. Add mayonnaise & sour cream mixture to chicken and stir well to combine. Taste to adjust seasonings and mayo until to your liking.
Cover and chill at least 2 hrs. before serving.
I usually serve on lettuce leaves or in avocado halves. Makes a nice brunch or light lunch meal.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken Salads