Does anyone else live in a house divided? Meaning you and certain family members may have very different tastes? Literally, this is my life.
My hubby enjoys chicken salad with lots of mayo and boiled eggs. He doesn’t love celery and prefers diced jalapeño to sweet relish. I like to mix it up and try different components with my chicken salad. For instance, I’m a big fan of buffalo ranch and also adore curry chicken salad with dried cranberry.💕
So, I decided to make two different types to satisfy all parties. I started by boiling a few chicken breasts and three eggs. While that was going, I diced up a few sun dried tomatoes and banana pepper rings (my go to combo). I learned the next trick from Antoni on Queer Eye. I halved several red grapes and soaked them in red wine vinegar.
Once the eggs and chicken were cooked through, I drained and rinsed them with cold water. Then, I diced up the eggs and finally the chicken. Now that prep was done, I divided the chicken in two bowls and seasoned with salt and pepper.
For hubby’s salad, I added the eggs and a few tablespoons of diced jalapeño. Next, I added a few big dollops of mayo and a couple squirts of spicy mustard. Then, I topped everything with juice from half a squeezed lemon and seasoned once more. Hubby taste tested and approved. Now it’s time to chill in the fridge.😎
For my batch, I seasoned the chicken and added the chopped veggies. I mixed in half of a small jar of pesto and added the grapes. I added another tablespoon or so of pesto and a couple small spoonfuls of mayo. I seasoned once more and added a few shakes of fresh lemon juice. Mmmm, the taste test revealed the deliciousness!😋 Plus, it’s so pretty! This would be great for a ladies lunch or get together. It would also be fab on crackers or in a croissant!
So, whether you are more traditional or adventurous with your chicken salad, this post should offer you the best of both worlds. Enjoy!🤩 Remember to stay calm and cook on!✌️💜🍴
Mood Ring Kitchen
I’m a self teaching home cook and aspiring foodie entrepreneur. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to prepare flavorful food such as snacks, desserts and everything in between. Cooking is a way for me to challenge myself and satisfy curiosities about different ingredients.
The hope is to produce something thoughtful, memorable or every once in a while maybe even wonderful. I enjoy following my “gut” and exploring new recipes that can be comforting, exciting and nourishing. Above all else, I enjoy exploring the emotions surrounding food and writing about those experiences. 😝👩🍳👩💻