Chicken Salad Recipe

chicken salad in a glass serving bowl on top of a graey slate kitchen island


This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.

Chicken Salad Recipe




This is probably the best dish Hubby has ever made, and that is really saying something! My husband is an excellent cook with some really creative ideas! If you would like to receive the Ann’s Entitled Life’s free newsletter, click here!

Hubby has made this recipe hundreds of times. I list the weight for this one as he finds it easier to do the dressing for this chicken salad recipe by weight on a kitchen scale. Because people had asked, he converted to the traditional cup measurement for me.

Hubby recently bought a sous vide cooker (because we needed another kitchen gadget in our house *insert eye roll*) and made the chicken for this recipe with the sous vide cooker instead of making poached chicken.

The chicken turned out very soft, very tender, and the chicken salad was still excellent. I prefer the poached chicken but if you have a sous vide cooker and make your cooked chicken that way, it works too!

We have used plain sunflower seeds and honey sunflower seeds in this recipe many times. The honey flavored gives a touch more “sweet”, both are excellent choices.

Chicken Salad Recipe Dressing Ingredients:

1 cup (6oz by scale weight) Mayonnaise
1/2 cup (4oz by scale weight) Sour Cream
2 TBSP (1oz by scale weight) Dijon Mustard
1 TBSP Dill Weed
2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp White Pepper
5 tsp Lemon Juice

Salad Ingredients:

3 cups chopped Poached Chicken
1 cup finely chopped Celery
4 TBSP finely chopped Green Onions
1/2 cup shelled Sunflower Seeds

Chicken Salad Mise en Place:

• Two Bowls (one small, one large)
• Cutting Board
• Knife
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
• Spatula or Spoon

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.


Chicken Salad Recipe Salad Directions:

• Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, dill weed, sugar, white pepper, and lemon juice in a bowl. Mix all dressing ingredients together.

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.


• Cut your cool, poached chicken into bite size pieces.

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.


• Add all salad ingredients (poached chicken, celery, green onions, and sunflower seeds) to the mixed dressing.
• Mix together well.

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.


• Chill for at least two hours before serving.


Chicken Salad Recipe

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

Dressing:

1 cup Mayonnaise (6oz by scale weight)
½ cup Sour Cream (4oz by scale weight)
2 TBSP Dijon Mustard (1oz by scale weight)
1 TBSP Dill Weed
2 tsp Sugar
½ tsp White Pepper
5 tsp Lemon Juice

Salad:

3 cups chopped Poached Chicken
1 cup finely chopped Celery
4 TBSP finely chopped Green Onions
½2 cup shelled Sunflower Seeds

Directions:

• Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, dill weed, sugar, white pepper, and lemon juice in a bowl. Mix all dressing ingredients together.
• Cut your cool, poached chicken into bite size pieces.
• Add all salad ingredients (poached chicken, celery, green onions, and sunflower seeds) to the mixed dressing.
• Mix together well.
• Chill for at least two hours before serving.

Makes 6 servings Chicken Salad

chicken salad in a glass serving bowl on top of a graey slate kitchen island


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Poached Chicken Recipe


Poached Chicken Recipe

This is the best Poached Chicken Recipe ever! Poaching your chicken breasts will result in a tender, juicy chicken breast that can be used in many delicious recipes, or eaten alone. Poached chicken is much more flavorful than plain boiled chicken. Versatile, easy to make poached chicken freezes well and is great to have on hand for lunch, dinner, or just a wonderful protein filled snack.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

1 lb White Onion, sliced
1 Carrot, peeled and sliced
½ cup Dried Parsley
1 cup Dry White Wine
1 TBSP Garlic, minced
3 TBSP Black Peppercorns
Water
5 lbs Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless (fresh or defrosted)

Directions:

• Combine onions, carrot, parsley, wine and garlic in a large stock pot.
• Add enough water to cover the chicken (not yet in the pot) and all other ingredients.
• Bring mixture to a simmer (you have not yet added your chicken).
• Simmer 10 minutes.
• Add peppercorns.
• Simmer 10 more minutes.
• Remove from heat, strain into a large bowl and allow the liquid to cool.
• Return the strained liquid to your stock pot.
• Add the chicken to the pot, and cover.
• Turn heat to high, and bring to a boil.
• Boil for 1 minute, turn off the heat and allow the chicken to sit in the hot water for 15 minutes.
• Allow poached chicken to cool in refrigerator.

• Makes 8 servings Poached Chicken

Poached Chicken Recipe. This is the best Poached Chicken Recipe ever! Poaching your chicken breasts will result in a tender, juicy chicken breast that can be used in many delicious recipes, or eaten alone. Poached chicken is much more flavorful than plain boiled chicken.  Versatile, easy to make poached chicken freezes well and is great to have on hand for lunch, dinner, or just a wonderful protein filled snack.




This is the best Poached Chicken Recipe ever! Poaching your chicken breasts will result in a tender, juicy chicken breast that can be used in many delicious recipes, or eaten alone. Poached chicken is much more flavorful than plain boiled chicken. Versatile, easy to make poached chicken freezes well and is great to have on hand for lunch, dinner, or just a wonderful protein filled snack.

Poached Chicken Recipe. This is the best Poached Chicken Recipe ever! Poaching your chicken breasts will result in a tender, juicy chicken breast that can be used in many delicious recipes, or eaten alone. Poached chicken is much more flavorful than plain boiled chicken.  Versatile, easy to make poached chicken freezes well and is great to have on hand for lunch, dinner, or just a wonderful protein filled snack.


Many years ago, Hubby and I purchased 20# of chicken. Where we purchased had an issue with their truck, so we accepted one 10# box the discounted rate of 99¢# (boneless, skinless) for a box of frozen chicken. While it was bagged in 2-3# bags inside the box, we never made use of it. So, when we cleaned out one of the freezers a few weeks ago, hubby decided to defrost and poach. He ended up poaching 5# of chicken.

We’ve poached chicken many, many times since that first poaching in 2011. Hubby uses poached chicken in what is his best recipe: Chicken Salad Recipe and it is phenomenal!

While it doesn’t seem worth the time, I can’t emphasize enough how much better poached chicken tastes then plain old boiled chicken. Do your recipes a favor (especially your chicken salads and cold chicken recipes), and poach some chicken today!

Hubby will foodsaver the leftover poached chicken for later use.

Poached Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

Poached Chicken Mise en Place:

Stock Pot
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
• Knife
• Peeler
Colander
• Large Bowl

Poached Chicken Recipe Ingredients

1 lb White Onion, sliced
1 Carrot, peeled and sliced
½ cup Dried Parsley
1 cup Dry White Wine
1 TBSP Garlic, minced
3 TBSP Black Peppercorns
Enough water to cover all ingredients
5 lbs Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless (fresh or defrosted)

• Combine onions, carrot, parsley, wine and garlic in a large stock pot.
• Add enough water to cover the chicken (not yet in the pot) and all other ingredients.
• Bring mixture to a simmer (you have not yet added your chicken).
• Simmer 10 minutes.
• Add peppercorns.
• Simmer 10 more minutes.
• Remove from heat, strain into a large bowl and allow the liquid to cool.
• Return the strained liquid to your stock pot.
• Add the chicken to the pot, and cover.
• Turn heat to high, and bring to a boil.
• Boil for 1 minute, turn off the heat and allow the chicken to sit in the hot water for 15 minutes.
• Allow poached chicken to cool in refrigerator.

Poached Chicken Recipe. This is the best Poached Chicken Recipe ever! Poaching your chicken breasts will result in a tender, juicy chicken breast that can be used in many delicious recipes, or eaten alone. Poached chicken is much more flavorful than plain boiled chicken.  Versatile, easy to make poached chicken freezes well and is great to have on hand for lunch, dinner, or just a wonderful protein filled snack.


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Ham Casserole Recipe

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!

Easy Leftover Ham Casserole Recipe

I make this recipe every single time we have leftover ham. I make one to eat, and at least one to freeze. Recently I have begun to double the recipe, add an extra cream of mushroom soup, and then freeze in smaller containers (I will divide a double recipe into three containers). It is just Hubby and me. I could probably do four containers, but I am worried about burning the top.

In any event, it freezes very well. You do not bake before freezing. If you want to put the breadcrumbs on and then freeze you can (I usually do), or if you put them on before cooking when removed from the freezer, that is fine too. Why do I freeze with breadcrumbs on? I do not defrost. I simply pop it in a preheated oven and allow it to cook through until hot and bubbly.

This is truly easy to make and comes together quickly. The “hardest” part is dicing up the ham (that is what Hubby is for!!) and remembering to cook some rice ahead of time (another good use of a leftover).

You can use sticky rice if you like, but if you do the casserole is going to end up, hmmm … sticky. (I love sticky rice!)

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


Ham Casserole Recipe Ingredients:

• 2 cups Rice, cooked
• 2 cups Cooked Ham, diced
• 16oz Frozen Peas
• 1 cup Milk
• 10.75 oz Cream of Mushroom Soup (1 small can, the 98% fat-free works fine)
• 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
• ¼ cup Bread Crumbs

Ham Casserole Recipe Mise en Place:

Measuring Cups
• Spoon
Spatula
• Non-stick Spray
2 QT Casserole Dish

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


Ham Casserole Recipe Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350º
• Spray 2-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray
• Layer rice, ham, and peas (note, it reduce cooking time, microwave frozen peas for 2 minutes)

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


• Mix cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and milk together. Pour over the layered rice, ham, and peas.

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


• Sprinkle with bread crumbs to top.

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


• Bake for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. If you microwaved the peas before combining, this should be done in 40 minutes.


Ham Casserole Recipe

Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

2 cups Rice, cooked
2 cups Cooked Ham, diced
16oz Frozen Peas
1 cup Milk
10.75 oz Cream of Mushroom Soup (1 small can, the 98% fat free works fine)
2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
¼ cup Bread Crumbs

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350º
• Spray 2-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray
• Layer rice, ham, and peas (note, it reduce cooking time, microwave frozen peas for 2 minutes)
• Mix cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and milk together. Pour over the layered rice, ham, and peas.
• Sprinkle with bread crumbs to top.
• Bake for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. If you microwaved the peas before combining, this should be done in 40 minutes.

Makes 6 servings Ham Casserole

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


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Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


If you would like other leftover ham recipes, you might want to try:

Cuban Ham Sandwich Recipe – An easy, quick and simple variation of the traditional Cuban Ham Sandwich Recipe. This is a great use of leftover ham.

Ham and Cheese Stromboli Recipe – This delicious, easy to make, ham and cheese Stromboli is a great lunch, dinner, or party food. This can be cut into sandwich size portions for a few people, or cut into inch slices as a party food to help feed a crowd.

Ham Casserole Recipe – Use up your ham leftovers to make this easy quiche recipe! Broccoli, ham, cheese, and mushrooms combine for an easy to make this flavorful, delicious and satisfying Broccoli and Ham Quiche. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this versatile quiche dish is sure to please your entire family.

Ham Salad Recipe – Leftover Ham? This easy to make ham salad recipe is perfect for sandwiches, on a bed of lettuce or on crackers. As hors-d’oeuvres or meal, this ham salad is sure to please.


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