Chicken Salad by Donna

Donna Graffagnino


Many years ago my mom and I would go to the cafe at D.H. Holmes and order the chicken salad - it was so good. D.H. Holmes is no longer there but I've recreated the recipe and I think it's pretty darn close. Serve with poppy seed dressing on the side.

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4 c
diced poached chicken, recipe follows
1 stalk(s)
celery, cut into 1/4 inch dice
green onions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp
fresh dill or tarragon, finely chopped - or 1/2 tsp dried
2 Tbsp
fresh parsley, finely chopped - or 1 tbsp dried
1+ c
miracle whip, or sweetened regular mayo
1 tsp
lemon juice, freshly squeezed & strained
1 tsp
honey or dijon mustard (which ever you prefer)
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp
lemon pepper
crumbled bacon, sliced almonds, chopped walnuts for topping
poppy seed dressing


10 1/8 sprig(s)
2 sprig(s)
1 small
onion, halved
1 small
carrot, halved
1 stalk(s)
celery, halved
3 lb
chicken breast halves, bone in and fat trimmed
5-6 c
chicken broth, homemade or low sodium

How to Make Chicken Salad by Donna


  • 1In a mixing bowl, toss together the chicken, celery, scallions and herbs. Set aside.
  • 2In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Add to the chicken and mix gently until combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 3Put the parsley, thyme, onion, carrot, celery, and chicken breasts in a medium saucepan. Cover with the broth, and bring just to a boil. Lower the heat to very low and cover. Poach the chicken for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove the pan from the heat, uncover, cool the chicken in the liquid for 30 minutes.
  • 4Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and reserve the liquid. Bone and skin the chicken and cut the meat into 1 inch cubes. Discard the bones and skin.
  • 5Strain the broth and store, covered, in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze for later use. Remove any fat from the surface of the broth before using. Yield: 4 cups cubed chicken or 4 servings
  • 6To serve place a bed of bib lettuce leaves, or any kind you like, on a cold dinner plate. Put 1/4 of the chicken salad in the center of the lettuce and top with crumbled bacon, sliced almonds and/or chopped walnuts.
    Serve with Poppy Seed dressing for the lettuce.

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About Chicken Salad by Donna

Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American

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