April 02, 2009

Top-Drawer Chicken Salad




1 1/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 red radishes, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 carrot, finely diced
2 tablespoons capers


for the marinade:
1/4 cup tarragon vinegar
2 tablespoon olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons diced red onion
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
salt
pepper

for the dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
juice of 1/2 lemon
white pepper


Directions:
Place the chicken and marinade in a nonreactive container. Marinate for at least 1/2 hour. Then grill or saute the chicken until cooked through. Cube and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to evenly distribute all of the ingredients. Serve immediately or for better flavor, refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.



Yield: 4-6 servings




My thoughts:
This is my current favorite version of chicken salad; it was so good, I made it a second time in less than a week. The capers give it a salty, pickle-y kick, the radish and red onion lend some spicy crunch and the dressing is creamy but not cloying or too mayonnaise-y. Chicken salad nirvana.


If you are feeling decadent, this chicken salad is particularly good on sourdough bread topped with a couple slices of bacon and avocado.

12 comments:

  1. What a great salad. And it seems so quick and easy.

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  2. Love your idea that can be used on top of crackers...would make a great appetizer.

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  3. This is my kind of chicken salad. Those flavors sound fantastic, and you have no idea how much I appreciate that you make it only with breast meat. Dark meat hiding in chicken salad is so wrong.

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  4. This looks amazing.

    I'm looking forward to making it for my family with the leftovers from a roasted chicken. I'm always looking for something to do the day after I roast a bird!

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  5. That looks fantastic. For some reason I have been craving chicken salad lately

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  6. This sounds ridiculously tasty--I love the addition of capers, a nice offset to the creaminess.

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  7. tarragon, yes, what a perfect addition.

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  8. I love chicken salad! I'll have to give this version a try!

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  9. Hi - Found your link through Zoe Bakes. I love Chicken Salad and this recipe is a must try here at Bret's Table. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  10. Looks delicious. I'm always looking for new things to do with chicken

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  11. I love the thought of using capers in a chicken salad. Can't wait to try this.

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  12. I made this today (sans capers), it was lovely! Thanks for the recipe!

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