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the best chicken salad

Recipe by
John Carlucci
The Villages, FL

This is a great go to recipe for either an appetizer, lunch or even a main meal.

yield 6 -8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Food Processor

Ingredients For the best chicken salad

  • 2 md
    chicken breast halves
  • 2 stalk
    celery chopped
  • 1 sm
    sweet onion quartered
  • 2 c
    raisins or craisins
  • 1 md
    diced apple (gala,fuji, honeycrisp)
  • 1 c
    mayonnaise, light
  • 4 oz
    vanilla yogurt (activia)
  • 1 Tbsp
    dill weed
  • 1/2 c
    chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    fresh ground pepper

How To Make the best chicken salad

  • 1
    Place your chicken breasts in a cold 3 quart pot of cold water. Bring to a boil, than turn off the heat and let cool. If time is a problem boil the chicken 15 to 20 min. or until done.
  • 2
    Chop up your celery, apple, and quarter your onion and set aside. Cover and refrigerate if you are waiting for your chicken to cool or wait until you are ready to put the salad together
  • 3
    When the chicken has cooled, cut into pieces to place into the food processor. Add your onion, mayo, yogurt and salt and pepper. Pulse ingredients to well mixed.
  • 4
    Place mixed ingredients into a large bowl. Add the rest your ingredients and mix well by hand. If too stiff, add more mayo but not too much. Refrigerate 1 hour. Taste, salt and pepper if needed and serve.