Southern Style Chicken Salad

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Nothing quite says comfort like a good, old-fashioned chicken salad; but what about a Southern Style Chicken Salad? Could that possibly taste even better? You can try this authentic Southern-style chicken salad recipe and see for yourself. There’s just so much you can do with an easy chicken recipe like this – you can serve it as a simple salad, or with crackers as a kind of dip, or in a sandwich, pita pocket, or bread bowl for lunch. Chicken salad can make for a yummy breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe; it’s easy to make, and when you discover how to blend this hearty, flavourful “Southern-style” chicken salad, you might not ever want to go back to the usual one.

Before we get to work on this healthy chicken recipe, it would be wise to review the food safety guidelines first, especially since we are working with meat. Even if we’re just working with fruits and vegetables, it’s good to exercise food safety habits in the kitchen and to teach these practical guidelines to our kids. Over eighty percent of food-borne-related illness in North America is due to negligent food handling, and with proper education, these illnesses are a hundred percent preventable. That’s why it’s so important to follow these simple rules whenever you’re working in the kitchen, and especially when you are working with meats.

Keeping food safe for consumption starts at the local grocery store when you are purchasing your meats and other food products. You’ll want to check the “best before” date to ensure it’s fresh. If the food product’s expiry date has already passed, you will want to notify a store clerk so they can remove it from the shelf. Once you’ve selected your fresh meats, be sure to store them separately in the shopping basket. Keeping different kinds of meat, like chicken, pork, beef, and fish separate from each other helps to avoid potential cross-contamination. Once you arrive home, you’ll want to store your meat in the refrigerator as soon as possible. If you won’t be using it immediately, then you can put it into the freezer. Keeping your food chilled is also important when working with leftovers after a meal.

Before mixing these tasty chicken salad recipe ingredients, you’ll want to begin by giving your hands a good lather and rinse – preferably 20 seconds, or more, before handling the chicken. Once you’ve added the chicken and egg to the bowl, you should then wash your hands once more in order to prevent spreading bacteria to other foods or areas of the kitchen. It could be helpful to keep a hand soap dispenser at your kitchen sink as well as a clean hand towel, because cooking does involve frequent hand washing. Once you’ve completed this mouth-watering chicken recipe, be sure to chill it in the fridge right away, and to wash down all cutting boards, utensils, and kitchen surfaces that were involved in the cooking process. Thanks to Melissa over at Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen website for sharing this healthy chicken leftover recipe with us. By following these few simple guidelines, you’ll keep you and your family healthy, and your food will always stay as fresh as it is delicious.***

Nutrition Facts for:Southern Style Chicken Salad from Melissa's Southern Kitchen
Ingredients: Mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, honey mustard, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cooked chicken, eggs, celery, green onion.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.* The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 416, Calories from Fat 176, Total Fat 19.6g 30%, Saturated Fat 3.8g 19%, Cholesterol 200mg 67%, Sodium 789mg 33%, Potassium 351mg 10%, Carbohydrates 14.7g 5%, Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%, Sugars 6.3g, Protein 44.0g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 3%, Calcium 5%, Iron 12%

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