Thursday, June 7, 2012

That chicken salad....

Happy Thursday to everyone!  We again have a very comfortable morning, and have the doors open for the cool breeze.  Humidity levels are expected to rise, however, so I doubt if this pleasantness lasts the entire day.

This is the final recipe from the lunch I provided our adult day care on Tuesday.   Preparations for this lunch are made on Monday, so what I plan is something that can be done ahead of time.  Often, final cooking is done at the church by one of the staff members for the day care.  On this past Tuesday, however, I knew I would have to really do advance planning since I was out of town from Thursday-Saturday of the preceding week.  That meant I had to do the necessary shopping before I left town in order to be able to have Monday for working on the meal.  Everything went smoothly, even though Monday had no idle times.:-)  Monday night was also my Circle meeting time, and that was our annual covered-dish dinner before our break for the summer.  I made an extra dish of Lemon Lush to take there.


2 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
2/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped tart apple
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
7 croissants, split

- In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cherries, celery, apple, and pecans.  In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, salt and pepper;  add to chicken mixture and mix well.  Spoon 1/2 cup chicken salad onto each croissant.  Yield: 7 servings

This recipe comes from a Taste of Home publication, probably as long ago as 2008, but I cannot be sure of the month.  When it was published, Martha Goodrich of Wilmington, Delaware was recognized as the contributor.

I will mention that, for the first time ever, I purchased already cooked, diced chicken breast from the frozen foods section of the supermarket.  I thawed it in the refrigerator, then gave it a little whirl in the food processor to break up the chunks just a bit, and I was pleased with the results.   I don't intend this to become part of my usual habit, however.  As the chicken had already been seasoned, I omitted the salt from the recipe. 

We expect to see City Girl for a short while today as she comes through town for a gathering of high school friends.  Then, we will be her last stop as she returns home at the end of the week-end.

I really appreciate you who are following along, and I enjoy reading your comments.

Next post - What about that zucchini?


  1. Oh my. Which supermarket? I will have a look for that. Is your email available here i your blog? I haven't seen it but that doesn't ean I am looking in the right place.

  2. I will have to see about that email address thing. I'm not sure about that.
    Our new Ingles is where I bought the chicken, but others may have it. I just didn't check them as I counted on Ingles to have it.

  3. Wow, Nellie,the chicken salad sounds great and so do all your other recipes. Yum yum yu. Thanks for your visits and comments on my blog! Love that you are visiting. Susan

  4. This chicken salad sounds great. I think it is a wonderful thing that you do for the senior center. xo

  5. The chicken salad sounds really delicious and different! I used to be able to keep dried cherries on hand but I haven't found anywhere here in this city that sells them.

  6. I'm sure that chicken salad was wonderful! I'm going to have to make some myself soon, because that Arby's ad is making me hungry every time I see it! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us! :-)

  7. you know I have never put apple in my chicken salad but it would be such a nice crunchy texture and sweet too!

  8. The chicken salad sound very good. I love recipes with cherries in them. There seem to be a lot of them around lately.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  9. It sounds yummy too. Every thing sounds good. Don't you just love Taste of Home? I use different issues for recipes all the time. It sounds like you will have a nice time.

  10. Thank you for sharing the recipe, believe it or not, I have eaten a similar chicken salad from Publix deli the last two evenings, with pecans added...
    I'm going to give your recipe a try, it sounds lovely.

  11. Nellie- This recipe sounds delicious- I have saved it over to my files to try. We love chicken salad. Have fun with City Girl visiting. xo Diana

  12. Oh that chicken salad sounds delicious! You do such wonderful things for these people!


  13. Oh how I used to love those church lunches and dinners ---and the potlucks!!!! We Methodist do love to EAT, don't we???? ha ha

    The chicken salad sounds great. Don't think I've ever had it with cherries... Yum!!!!


  14. I feel like I'm gaining weight just reading your blog, Nellie! :D

  15. What a yummy recipe. Love the idea of using buttermilk in the recipe.