chicken salad recipe with raisins

[14 May 2013 | By | 6 Comments]

raisins from 148 chicken salad recipe with raisins Ants on logs? You should offer this ‘snack’ to your kiddos if just for their reaction. When I was young, ants on logs was the descriptor for celery piped with peanut butter topped with raisins. I picture the clever mother who coined the term: a tease or dare to get her little ones to reach for a healthy snack.

A handful of my friends and I have been playing with our food. Specifically we have been inserting ‘ants’ (raisins) into everything from Gluten Free Chicken Tagine to balsamic & raisin glazed salmon to DIY granola bars (here is  great round-up from Relish Magazine)*. On this blog over the past few months I have ants prancing through [my killer] granola, into pumpkin bread and frequently folded into chicken salad (recipe follows).

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When I fabricate a chicken, I use the bones/carcass for stock and cook the thighs, legs and breasts separately. I slice or shred the cooked meat, then use it to make chicken enchiladas and chicken salad. Please know that I don’t use a formal recipe to make my salad—and you don’t need to either. It is all about mixing it up, tasting and adjusting. This is what might go through my head while I am tasting: does it need a little more salt? pepper? It tastes a little heavy on the mayo, so I will add more acid (lemon or vinegar)… not sweet enough: more raisins or apples. It needs more crunch: sliced almonds or more celery. Got it? Easy as raisin pie.

chicken salad @talkoftomatoes chicken salad recipe with raisins

Chicken Salad
serves 2-4

approx. 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1/4 mayonnaise (give or take)
2 tsp Dijon or specialty mustard
2-3 tsp lemon juice (OR apple cider vinegar)
Coarse/ground pepper/salt
1/4 raisins
1/4 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup  diced red onion
2 T minced flat-leaf parsley
Optional: small handful sliced almonds, diced apples, 1-2 tsp curry, etc.

*I am a Blog Ambassador for California Raisin Marketing Board. My recipes, incessant chatter and penchant for snacking on raisins are my own.

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  • brandi said (15 May 2013 at 1:43 pm):

    i LOVE raisins in chicken salad!

  • Roxi Beck said (15 May 2013 at 2:37 pm):

    Look at you beauties with your shades – love it! Keep the fun raisin-induced ideas coming!

  • Teresa said (16 May 2013 at 7:15 am):

    Thank you, thank you!
    Just in time for summer :-)
    The link to more recipes in Relish Magazine is awesome. Yummy!
    I loved seeing the pictures of you and your fellow bloggers who shared them.
    I’m inspired!!

  • Karista said (16 May 2013 at 7:55 am):

    Janelle my taste buds have been dreaming of a new and freshened up chicken salad recipe! Love the raisins in this chicken salad. The ingredients sound harmonious all mingled together and I can’t wait to make this. My new go to chicken salad!

  • Hannah said (17 May 2013 at 12:29 pm):

    I’m craving this for lunch right now, Janelle! Love the addition of raisins. Have a terrific weekend!

  • wendy@chezchloe said (21 May 2013 at 9:21 pm):

    Love the way you work with “recipes”- I’m the same. You’ve got to use your own buds and own it!
    I like raisins but when I want a little raisiny action but not too much I use currants a fair amount.
    I’m also liking the homemade granola bars you linked to.
    I hope my email reached you. I wrote it like the day after we met but from my phone and it was a little sketchy.
    Very much look forward to getting in touch. Would love to hear from you next time you are on the island.