Monday, May 18, 2009

Smoked Chicken Salad

So this is why I always smoke one extra chicken than I need.

Ingredients
1/2 ea Smoked chicken
1/3 ea Red onion
1 cup celery
1 cup Mayo
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Instructions
This recipe is really just basic chicken salad. The difference is that you use tasty smoked chicken instead of bland canned chicken or plain chicken breast. I personally recommend my smoked chicken recipe but if you already have a favorite, use it. You could also use a store bought rotisserie in a pinch.

Pick the 1/2 chicken to get all of the meat off, being very careful to remove all bones. Chop the chicken into small 1/4 inch cubes. Make sure you get some of the tasty skin in there too! That's where a lot of the cool flavors hang out.

SMOOTH STYLE
Process the celery and onion in a food processor to "almost" your desired consistency. Add chicken, mayo, salt and pepper and pulse a few times to mix together.

CHUNKY STYLE
Use a knife or food processor to chop celery, onion, and 1/2 of the half chicken (that's a 1/4 chicken) to your desired consistency. In a large bowl, stir together with the rest of the chicken, mayo, salt and pepper.

Let sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving. It's great as a sandwich (toasted bread, lettuce, tomato) or just plain with crackers.


For printable version, click here:
Grove's Smoked Chicken Salad

12 comments:

  1. I'll skip ... but the chicken looks delicious :D

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  2. I've tried smoked and also roasted chicken in chicken salad, and to be honest, neither are a neutral flavor in the salad! You really must love that smoked flavor!

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  3. Anything smoked is fantastic to me! Looks absolutley delicious.

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  4. This is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover chicken. Yours looks tasty.

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  5. Brandi - I hope that one day you overcome your fear of condiments;)

    BD - Oh I do, but I go light on smoke on the chix anyway.

    Sarah - TYVM.

    Pam - Yep, that's why I make extra just so I can be sure to HAVE leftovers.

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  6. I wear smoke as a perfume :) anytime, any day, any mood...

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  7. Chicken properly smoked, with a light hand, is the BEST way to go in a chicken salad. So says Sup with limited authority! GREG SippitySup

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  8. damn you for making me hungry Chris!!! And my diet damns you too!

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  9. In the food processor?... Really? Because I never seem to get a decent consistency with ANYTHING I put into the processor. Everything always comes out like either cracker crumbs or chunks big enough to choke an elephant.

    But DAMN! That look SO freakin' GOOD and it's still only breakfast.

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  10. I did this with leftover chicken yesterday. i know what you mean about it being so damn good. I have to hide from my husband or he'll eat it at one sitting - lol.

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  11. Try adding a little sweet relish and capers!

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  12. Hi Chris, great blog! This salad looks terrific, great idea about the smoked chicken. I love the red onion + celery combo.

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