Cooked meat and mayonnaise type salads were popular in America from colonial times. European settlers brought these traditions to our shores. Chicken salad - is any salad consisting of chicken made with other common ingredients. Like a creamy garlic sauce, sweet onions and whole grain mustard. As well, as citrus and lime. Often, served on a bed of butter lettuce, or with heirloom tomatoes.
Pecan Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
Servings: 1 cup
- Yield: 4 servings
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cooking Time: 8 min
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin or butterflied (room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
- ½ lemon or lime juiced and zested
- ¼ cup mayo
- ½ cup sour cream. Not "light" pretty please
- ½ yellow onion, peeled and medium diced. Uniform cuts matter. More if desired
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 2 Tablespoons chopped green onions. More to taste if preferred. Recipe can tolerate double portion
- 3 tablespoons pecans, chopped.
- 3 Tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped. Recipe can tolerate double portion
- Counter the chicken 20-minutes to remove the cold.
- Pre-heat a large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat.
- Season chicken with sea salt and cracked black pepper.
- Sear for 2 to 3-minutes until chicken is golden, and the edges are white. Don't overcook. Then, flip to the other side, cooking 2 minutes. All stove tops may vary.
- Remove the chicken from the pan. Let it rest for 5-8 minutes before small dicing.
- Slice chicken against the grain. This is key.
- Set aside in a medium sized mixing bowl.
- In a separate mixing bowl, fold the rest of the ingredients together.
- Add sauce to the chicken and fold to combine. Chill in refrigerator for 30-minute before serving.
- Best when enjoyed the first day.
- I am excited for you to explore my recipe in your own kitchen. I have taken chicken salad to a new level of flavor
Perfectly seared chicken will give you the most perfect chicken salad. With a few simple techniques you are on your way.
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