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What seasoning do you use for chicken salad?

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Ditto to the curry. I add halved red grapes, chopped celery, chopped mint, toasted almond slivers (not slices), Major Grey-style mango chutney. I think there's something else, but I can't put my finger on it! Instead of all mayo I substitute half non-fat yogurt or non-fat sour cream.


It's really good served inside of a wedge of cantaloupe.

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Thanks, everyone. I went with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and dried tarragon, because that's what I had on hand, and it turned out really good. I'll have to try some of the other ideas after I've been to the grocery store. Thanks!

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this is my fave.....it was on the back of one of my Georgia Natural Gas bills:

I don't measure really. I just start with however much chicken i have, then add the following ingredients to taste. I use much less than their 4:1 chicken to mayo ratio.


Holiday Chicken salad

4 cups cubed cooked chicken

1 cup mayonnaise (i use much much much less)

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. seasoning salt

1 1 ⁄ 2 cups dried cranberries

1 cup chopped celery

1 ⁄ 2 cup minced green bell pepper

2 green onions, chopped

1 cup chopped pecans

ground black pepper to taste

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I like a loaded chicken salad - chopped celery, finely chopped onion, almonds, grapes.... yum!


But for a very basic chicken salad, just chopped chicken, a bit of celery, a splash of lemon juice and celery salt, stir together then add in real mayo (not Miracle Whip) to get the consistency you like. Salt & black pepper to taste, if needed.


FWIW, I usually start with VERY WELL seasoned, slow-cooked chicken breasts. So I guess that's why I don't add to much to my basic recipe. When I am making the loaded salads, I don't season the chicken quite as much before I cook it, unless I am using a marinated, grilled chicken cut up in the salad. Yum, this thread is making me hungry!

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We made chicken salad for the midwives when I had my baby. I never eat it, not being a salad (as in dressing, mucked up) person myself, so I just googled to find "best chicken salad recipe" hehe... The one that came up and that we ended up using called for 1/2 slaw dressing, 1/2 mayo, then your normal add-ins (chopped veges, nuts, etc.). They seemed to like it fine.

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This is one of my favorites-- the mango chutney really gives it an awesome flavor! But for a basic recipe, like other posters I love to season with curry. Sometimes, though, for a change I mix in a little honey mustard instead.

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