Back in the early 2000's I went out to eat with my Grandpa Klepper, and he was telling me about a chicken salad sandwich that he had fell in love with and wanted me to try it, so I did, I thought to myself, I could so make this ten times cheaper and than what it would cost to buy just one sandwich, So I looked over the salad and determined that I had most of the ingredients in my own kitchen and I could venture out and make my own, and I am so glad I did, now it's a HUGE hit with family and friends, I even made this for my own wedding reception dinner and got Rave reviews! Enjoy!
Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The grapes and the apples in this recipe really make this chicken salad stand out. You're going to find yourself going back for more and more of this. This will be a hit at your next luncheon or picnic.
THIS MAKES A PICNIC SIZED SALAD OR LARGE GROUP (25-30 PEOPLE)
50 oz of cooked chicken breast, canned or cook 3 lbs of chicken breasts and shred
gala apples cored
real lemon juice
of black or red seedless grapes
of celery diced ( 3 long celery sticks)
spring onions, chopped fine
of 2 oz of chopped pecans (optional)
real lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
IF YOU ARE ONLY WANTING TO MAKE THIS FOR A SMALL GROUP OF FAMILY, SIMPLY CUT RECIPE IN HALF
1I buy canned chicken from Sams club,(chiefs choice chicken breast) if you would rather cook your own chicken you can, just boil 3 lbs of chicken breast and shred.
2Wash and dry your grapes, I chop my grapes in fourths, so the pieces aren't too big
3Wash and dry your Apples, I core and then dice my apples into large bite size hunks
4Wash and dry your spring onions, you may use regular yellow or white onions if you have them, I prefer Spring onions, gives it a little more of a fresher taste in my opinion.
5Wash and dry your celery, cut off both ends of the stalk, and dice up celery into small pieces
****ONCE YOU HAVE DICED UP ALL YOUR INGREDIENTS,PLACE LEMON JUICE OVER THEM IN A LARGE BOWL,TO KEEP THE APPLES AND GRAPES FROM TURNING BAD******
6In a separate bowl, mix together the Miracle Whip and milk, lemon juice salt and pepper,dill weed and sugar, set aside.
7Take you large bowl and toss evenly add shredded chicken, toss again, once salad is tossed well, add sauce, stir and add more salt and pepper to taste if it isn't enough for you. Add Pecans (again Optional)
Stir ONCE more, and then place in fridge, better if sits over night, otherwise ready in about 2-3 hours.
8I serve mine with Miracle Whip and Spicy Brown Mustard on Wheat-berry Bread, I have found Wheat-berry makes the best sandwiches. BUT to each their own!!! Serve with chips, or My Potato Salad also here on JAP!!!!
Hope your next POT LUCK of Large family dinner finds this as BIG of hit as it has gone over at my functions and wedding~~~! Or even your small get together's~~~!!!! Enjoy ~Liz
9P.S. Only good in Fridge for up to 4 days! Just so you know, once you see water at the bottom of your salad, it's time to throw it away!