When I think of summertime, I think of sun, pools, beach and always having fresh lemonade, fruit, and cold sandwiches on hand! This chicken salad is perfect after a long day in the sun and you cannot beat how fresh it tastes! You can put it on bread to make a sandwich, you can spoon it on top of a salad, you can make lettuce cups with it (definitely recommended!). This recipe makes a lot of chicken salad so leftovers leave room for a variety of options to use with it.
To get started, boil your chicken in a large pot for 20-25 minutes or until the middle is no longer pink. Drain and set aside to cool. The longest part of this meal is the prepping! Chop up your celery (i like to add the leaves), onion, grapes, chicken, and fresh herbs. I mixed them up prior to adding my wet ingredients.
In a separate bowl, mix together your yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, spicy dijon mustard, brown sugar, salt and pepper, cajun and cayenne pepper spices. You can substitute sour cream or buttermilk instead of yogurt if you wish. Whisk together well, then taste it before mixing in the large bowl. Mine was too bitter for me so i added lots more brown sugar until I was content with what I tasted.
When mixing the wet ingredients to the dry, do a folding technique to prevent the mixture from falling apart and being over mixed.
If you prefer your chicken salad as a sandwich I would highly recommend toasting your bread and adding some spinach or spring greens on there!! Of course you don’t ever want to deny any extra vegetables! Enjoy with some chips or fresh fruit.
What you’ll need:
- 1lb boneless skinless chicken breast, boiled and cubed
- 2 stalks (to 3 Stalks) Celery, Chopped
- 3 whole Green Onions, Chopped
- 2 cups (to 3 Cups) Grapes, Halved (green and purple)
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Plain Yogurt Or Sour Cream
- 1/2 cup Half-and-half
- A Small Handful Of Fresh Dill and Parsley, Minced
- 1 Tablespoon (to 4 Tablespoons) Brown Sugar
- Juice Of One Lemon
- Kosher Salt and Black Pepper To Taste
- Cayenne and Cajun Seasonings To Taste