Chicken Salad 3 Ways

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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

3 large chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (see note)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup dried cranberries


Combine mayonnaise, thyme and salt a bowl and mix well. Stir in chicken, pecans and cranberries. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.



Classic Chicken Salad

3 large chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (see note)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon white pepper


Combine olive oil, mayonnaise and remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Stir in chicken. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


This is just my basic recipe. Feel free to add whatever you like! Sometimes I add chopped boiled eggs, relish and/or diced onion.



Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad

3 large chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (see note)

1 large avocado, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup ranch dressing

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Combine ranch dressing, mayonnaise and remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Stir in chicken and avocado. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


I also like to add chopped red onion to the Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad but don’t when I’m taking this to games because most of the kids don’t like raw onion.  I consider it a miracle that some of them like the avocado! 


Note:

If you’re making more than one of the recipes above, just cook your chicken all at once. Duh, right? Place chicken in a large pot, add enough water to cover chicken, season liberally with salt (and anything else you like – I often toss in a few bay leaves and black peppercorns). Heat until simmering then cook, covered, for 20 minutes at a soft simmer. Do not let the chicken boil or it will dry out and be tough. Remove from heat and let chicken cool in the stock. Freeze that yummy chicken stock to use later!