I wasn't always a fan of chicken salad. With so many variations and some failed recipes I've tried, I eventually got turned off. But I've slowly built up my faith in finding a delicious chicken salad recipe that I'll come back to again and again. I think with Amy's recipe, I've found it! Her recipe for Crunchy, Fruity Chicken Salad caught my eye because it called for cashews, dried cranberries and a pinch of cayenne pepper... ingredients I don't always see in chicken salad recipes. The combination sounds delicious, not to mention her picture on her blog looked amazing and colorful.
Making it was pretty easy. Instead of a rotisserie chicken, I roasted some bone in chicken breasts I had. I also added garlic powder since I've been on a garlic kick lately. The result is a very delicious chicken salad that I think is a real keeper. Thanks to Amy for sharing her recipe and hope you give it a try too!
Crunchy, Fruity Chicken Salad
recipe adapted from Amy of Sing For Your Supper
3 small bone in chicken breasts, roasted, deboned and shredded
2 celery stalks, diced small
1/4 - 1/2 cup red grapes, sliced in half (add or decrease to your preference)
1/2 cup lightly toasted unsalted cashews
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
pinch cayenne pepper
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4-1/3 cup mayonnaise (start with 1/4 cup and see if you need more)
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and taste for seasoning; chill until ready to serve.