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Friday, November 9, 2012

Recipe: Hot Chicken Salad....... Comfort Food from Leftover Turkey

We all have our comfort food. Right? And, most of us will soon have leftover turkey. This recipe is one I rarely make; yet, it is a favorite. Now, you have one more way to use leftover turkey. I change the recipe to be more healthful. The taste and comfort for me is not changed. My children loved this dish, so we had it about every two weeks to once each month.  We all loved chicken salad, so HOT chicken salad was twice as delicious. This is hot as in temperature. It is not spicy at all.

I don't remember if I got this from a magazine or someone gave it to me after I tasted it at a church dinner.

Family Circle
Martha Stewart's Hot Chicken Salad

2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped chicken or turkey
1 cup mayonnaise (I use 1/2 cup or less)
1/2 slivered almonds (I never use this)
1/2 shredded sharp or mild cheese (I use medium cheddar)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 crushed potato chips

Combine everything but chips. Mix well.
Turn into a buttered casserole.
Sprinkle with crushed chips

Bake at 450 for 20 minutes.

On a busy night this is easy to assemble if chicken is already cooked. I havepre-chopped the celery to hurry the assembly. Sometimes, I chop the chicken or turkey as I put away leftovers of either. The whole casserole can be assembled ahead of time, leaving off the chips. I crush the whole tiny bag of chips.

Less mayo does not affect the taste or texture of anything. almonds are too expensive.

In order not to have chips to tempt me, I buy the little lunchbox size of chips. In the past I have bought the bag that is about 8 inches high. I do not need a regular bag of chips.

There are six chicken breasts in the refrigerator, waiting for me. I don't have to change up the way I serve turkey or chicken. I love turkey and dressing day after day, breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.

Your turn
Have you ever had this recipe of Hot Chicken Salad? Does it make you drool as it does me?



2 comments:

  1. Hi Linda! Yes, I've made this recipe before, a long time ago! And I don't know why I haven't made it since! It's in an old recipe book I use a lot, 'Calling All Cooks' by the phone company. You've inspired me to try it again! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

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    1. Bama Girl,
      I am glad to inspire you to get it out and make it right here at the time of the year when you will probably have excess poultry in the refrigerator. Thanks for telling me what recipe book it was from. It must have been from the Family Circle magazine before that.

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