Best Ever Chicken Salad Sandwich

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This chicken salad recipe has everything a chicken salad should have; crunchy almonds, sweet and tangy dried cranberries, earthy celery and spicy chives. These components are not necessarily the most traditional version of chicken salad but are a close riff on the first U.S. version, which contained grapes and tarragon, as well as a mayonnaise-based dressing. The first chicken salad recipe in the United States originated at a store called Town Meats in Rhode Island, which became such a favorite that the store converted to a delicatessen afterward rather than just a meat market. This cranberry almond chicken salad recipe isn’t the original but is flavorful with a creamy sauce containing mayonnaise, poppyseed dressing, and garlic powder. If you want an easy chicken recipe for family dinner ideas or lunch, this chicken salad will be a delicious dish your whole family will love.

Healthy leftover chicken recipes are the way to go when you want to eliminate food waste as well as have a meal on the table in no time. Having a homemade roast chicken, or any other cut of chicken, in the refrigerator will be perfect for when you want to make this chicken salad at home. By repurposing the meat into a chicken salad recipe, you will be preventing the leftover chicken from ending up in the garbage bin, as well as giving your family a fast and healthy meal.

To ensure that your leftover chicken meat is one hundred percent safe for using in a new recipe will depend on how you handled it the day before when you cooked it. Many households handle chicken incorrectly, which can lead to illness. The most important thing to remember is to wash your hands with warm soapy water, as well as all the surfaces, during and after you have handled raw chicken. This process will prevent cross-contamination between the raw chicken and other foods in your kitchen. Another thing to remember is that chicken pieces should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas a whole chicken is best cooked to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. As long as you have followed these two steps, you will be well on your way to preparing chicken safely for your family. The other component is safe storage. You want to make sure the chicken is cool before putting in the fridge so that it doesn’t pull down the fridge temperature, but you don’t want it sitting out too long since bacteria will develop best in food when held between 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This danger zone applies to all raw and cooked dishes and not just chicken.

Easy salad recipes, like this chicken salad, are delicious to have in the fridge when you need quick workplace or school lunches, or a quick meal for the dinner table. You can enjoy this chicken salad recipe on a bun or over fresh greens for a quick salad toss. Thank you to Melissa, at Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen recipe blog, for sharing her cranberry almond chicken salad recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad from Melissa's Southern Kitchen
Ingredients: Mayonnaise, poppyseed salad dressing chives, onion powder, salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, chicken celery, almond slices, dried cranberries, rolls, lettuce.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.* The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.* Per Serving:Calories 468, Calories from Fat 229, Total Fat 25.4g 39%, Saturated Fat 4.5g 22%, Cholesterol 75mg 25%, Sodium 621mg 26%, Potassium 268mg 8%, Carbohydrates 34.1g 11%, Dietary Fiber 1.6g 6%, Sugars 6.1g, Protein 25.7g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 9%, Iron 14%

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