Bridgtx's chicken salad
My favorite chicken salad recipe is very simple. Having spent many years in the
deep south I subscribe to the belief that true chicken salad contains real
mayonnaise (Miracle Whip is as much anathema to a Southerner as instant tea)
and white meat only. Bake the chicken breasts (skin and bones intact) in a shallow
pan. Pour about a half cup of dry vermouth (no kidding, I discovered this one day
when I was out of white wine. It's wonderful) over the chicken breasts, cover the
pan with foil and bake them for about an hour. If kosher is not an issue, drape a
few bacon slices over the chicken too. It's good either way.
Cool, skin, bone and chop the chicken. You can make a great sauce out of the
chicken juices if you want. Usually I bake enough chicken for the salad and dinner.
Into the chicken mix mayonnaise (Hellman's or Best Foods is the only mayonnaise
for me, but suit yourself) and some chopped pecans. That's it. You can add more
stuff, but the simplicity of this particular chicken salad is delicious.
OK I admit it I'm insane. No normal person would be this obsessive about chicken,
but i suspect I'm in similar company around here!
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