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Favorite Chicken Salad

This is my Favorite Chicken Salad recipe, with fresh red grapes and toasted almonds for crunch and flavor. So delicious!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Paige

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts,boneless, skin on
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Almonds, slivered, toasted
  • 1/3 cup Red Grapes, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup Celery, sliced very thin
  • 2 Green Onions, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup Light Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 tsp. Thyme, fresh

Instructions

  • COOK THE CHICKEN
  • Rub olive oil over chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.
  • Let cool completely, then remove skin and cut into chunks. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of cooked, cubed chicken.
  • TOAST THE ALMONDS
  • Put the almonds in a medium sized non-stick pan on medium high heat, stirring regularly for 2-3 minutes.
    Continue stirring and as soon as the almonds start to turn brown, remove from heat. They will continue to cook at little after removing from heat.
  • MAKE THE DRESSING
  • Combine the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, fresh lemon juice and fresh thyme in a small bowl and combine.
    Add more fresh lemon juice if needed to thin out the dressing.
  • MAKE THE SALAD
  • In a large bowl, combine the cubed chicken, almonds (reserve a little to garnish the top) grapes, celery, green onion, dressing (mayo) mixture and fresh thyme.
  • FOR SERVING:
  • Toasted and buttered bread, crusts removed (optional)
  • Butter lettuce, a scoop of chicken salad inside
  • Add a sprig or two of fresh thyme on top, and extra toasted almonds

Notes

Serving ideas: 
  • On toasted, buttered bread with the crusts removed and butter lettuce. 
  • A big scoop on top of butter lettuce.
  • A scoop on butter lettuce with some crackers on the side
  • This recipe was updated December 2019

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 729mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg