Saturday, June 13, 2009

Old-Fashioned Deli Style Chicken Salad

Cooked chicken, celery, mayonnaise and a little pickle relish, makes up a classic, old-fashioned, deli style chicken salad. It's a favorite!
Cooked chicken, celery, mayonnaise and a little pickle relish, makes up a classic, old-fashioned, deli style chicken salad. It's a favorite!

Old-Fashioned Deli Style Chicken Salad

Rotisserie chicken purchased from your local grocery store deli is a great quick meal for those rushed weekday dinners. Buy the larger one and you'll have some leftover chicken, perfect for this chicken salad.

Otherwise, just prepare a whole chicken just like you do for soup or chicken and dumplings, or try my oven poached version, because this is one great sandwich!

There aren't too many versions of chicken salad I've run across that I don't love to be honest. Tarragon, even curry are a little unusual but tasty, though I lean more toward the dried cranberry and honey chicken salad, or my grown up tea room style with apple, grapes and pecans, and in my case, another little secret ingredient! The one that many of us love the most, is this very simple, old-fashioned, deli style. I often add chopped, boiled eggs to mine.

So easy to make. Whisk together 1 cup of the mayonnaise, pickle relish, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Someone once criticized me for the use of poultry seasoning as "inappropriate." Since it usually contains thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary, pepper and nutmeg, I don't understand that, but hey, you can season it however you like! Add the chicken and celery and toss, adding more mayonnaise for desired consistency. Chill for several hours so flavors can meld together. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

I love having a sandwich with my favorite cucumber salad on the side!

For a touch of nostalgia, serve the sandwiches wrapped in butcher paper or waxed paper. Simply place the sandwich on the paper with the top edge folded under. Fold the bottom up, and tuck the sides around the back of the sandwich. Helps hold in the filling and so country chic!

Try the cranberry version made with dried cranberries and chopped pecans, or the honey mustard version too - honey, mustard, green chilies - delish!

For more of my favorite chicken salad recipes, visit my page on Pinterest!

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