Chicken salad is one of the easiest tings to make. It is also one of the easiest things to mess up, over dressing, adding too much, or under seasoning can easily make your chicken salad experience something to forget.
The easiest way to make chicken salad taste great is to remember a few simple rules:
1) Texture: you want chicken pieces that are easy to eat, but not shredded. I like to go for 1/4" diced
2) Add ins: Often you fine celery, grapes, onions, walnuts or raisins mixed into chicken salad. These offer a great additional flavor and texture, but can easily be over done. Keep the pieces smaller than the chicken and do not add too many. Simple is the best way to go.
3) Ratio: mayonnaise being the binder of most chicken salads is easily the biggest downfall to making a good chicken salad. You only need enough to hold the chicken together, adding too much turns this into a mayonnaise salad not chicken salad.
4) Seasoning: choosing to flavor you mayonnaise by adding simple seasonings to it before adding in the chicken. This ensures the chicken ends up flavorful by coating each bite. Adding in your add ins at the same time will help ensure they get evenly distributed in the mix.
Now with these simple rules you can easily make a great chicken salad. The above photos are of my simple chicken salad gone wild.
1 stalk celery diced fine
4 cups diced leftover chicken
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground garlic powder
Combine celery, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder in a mixing bowl.
Fold in chicken.