Friday, January 6, 2017

Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad


Are your evenings and nights super busy? It seems like we never have a slow day here on the farm, and I've found a quick answer to supper when we are hustling around: Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad.  With just a few tricks, you can have this salad made and ready to share in 15 minutes, and around here, that's a very good meal!


 Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad

Farm Report:  First, my favorite farmer, Tall Guy, has a birthday coming up next week, and one of his birthday presents just might be a baby calf.  We are headed in to calving season from mid January to mid March.

I asked him exactly how many cows were expecting.  He just told me, "I think we have 8-9 pregnant cows..."

Me:  "What?!?!?!?!"

I told him either number 9 is or isn't pregnant.  There is no "I THINK!"

(Sometimes farmers are just human MEN, and still have no clue about being pregnant!
Oye! or, in this case, Moo!)

On the Home Front:   We start traveling to 8th grade girls' basketball games next week.  With all this on my calendar, there are going to be times when we will need some grab and go food in the fridge. This Quick and Easy Chicken Salad is a great go-to if you do a little prep work ahead of time.

To get ready for this meal, it's nice to have some chicken breasts cooked ahead of time.  It can be last night's leftovers, or what we sometimes do is use rotisserie chicken.  I'm kind of in love with rotisserie chicken, and if I am in a grocery store that offers them, I will usually grab one or two to take home.  At around $5.00 a chicken, it's a great meal in itself.  We all love the dark meat, so it's legs and thighs for supper, and the breasts are saved for the next day.

Alrighty!  Let's get this salad started. First, diced up your chicken breasts and put in a large mixing bowl. Do the same with your veggies. I love these little peppers because you get just as much as you want!


 Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad.  With just a few tricks, you can have this salad made and ready to share in 15 minutes, and around here that's a very good meal!

 Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad.  With just a few tricks, you can have this salad made and ready to share in 15 minutes, and around here that's a very good meal!

Red Gold tomatoes are grown right here in Indiana, and I love that the tomatoes and chilies are ready to go!  *I use referral links to products I love.

 Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad.  With just a few tricks, you can have this salad made and ready to share in 15 minutes, and around here that's a very good meal!

Ok, now your bowl should look like this:

 Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad.  With just a few tricks, you can have this salad made and ready to share in 15 minutes, and around here that's a very good meal!

Well, not quite....Sigh, Yes, I put my bowl in the dishwasher, so yes, it has that lovely milky-foggy look to it.  Any ideas on how to make it clear again?  I would love to know what you know about this.

This next part is a bit tricky because, as I always remind you my Peeps, I don't faithfully measure as I go..... Start with adding 3/4 a cup of Miracle Whip, the minced garlic, horseradish, and Farm Dust seasonings to the bowl of chicken and veggies.  Stir it up gently, taste, and see what ingredient you might want to add.

 Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad.  With just a few tricks, you can have this salad made and ready to share in 15 minutes, and around here that's a very good meal!

 Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad.  With just a few tricks, you can have this salad made and ready to share in 15 minutes, and around here that's a very good meal!

 Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad.  With just a few tricks, you can have this salad made and ready to share in 15 minutes, and around here that's a very good meal!

I have to stop here a minute, and tell you that this is a VERY Indiana-based recipe!  Besides the Red Gold tomatoes and chilies, Miracle Whip and horseradish are pretty much staples in Hoosier kitchens.  The Farm Dust has a great name, and it too is made in Shipshewana, Indiana!  This is an Amish family business and goes by Weaver's Dutch Country Seasoning!  It's delish on everything you put it on.  Amazon is packaging it with a spicy version I didn't know about so YUM!  and YEA! QUick Indiana!

When you have the salad tasting the way you like it, add a lettuce leaf to a plate, grab yourself some water or Sweet Tea, and enjoy!

Printable Recipe here:

 Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad.  With just a few tricks, you can have this salad made and ready to share in 15 minutes, and around here that's a very good meal!



Quick and Healthy Chicken Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
Cooking Directions
  1. Chop or dice chicken breasts, and add to large mixing bowl
  2. Chop or dice vegetables. May also add onions and radishes if desired. Add to mixing bowl.
  3. Start with 3/4 C. Miracle Whip and add to bowl.
  4. Add rest of ingredients.
  5. Gently stir together. Add more Miracle Whip or other seasonings to suit your taste.
  6. Refrigerate any leftovers immediately.
Until next time Peeps, have a wonderful day, 
and try to make a positive difference 
in someone's life!


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