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Simply Southern Chicken Salad
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
  • 6 - 8 Chicken Breast Strips skinless
  • 1 cup Red Grapes sliced
  • 1 cup Red Apples diced (for a more tart taste use green apples)
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts or Pecans candied
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Celery diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Tarragon Leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 pinch Celery Salt
  • 1 pinch Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Smoked Paprika
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
Preparing chicken for salad
  1. Cut uncooked chicken strips into small bite size pieces place in a bowl. Add tarragon leaves, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. Mix until chicken is well coated.

  2. In a large skillet add 2 tablespoons olive oil cook on medium heat setting. 

  3. Add seasoned chicken, stirring until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from heat when done. Blot excess oil if needed. 

Preparing all other ingredients
  1. While chicken is cooking, wash grapes, apple and celery. Blot excess water from items.

  2. On a small cutting board, dice apples and celery add to a mixing bowl. Slice grapes add to mixing bowl.

  3. Add mayonnaise, cayenne, cracked black pepper, celery salt, candied walnuts or pecans, and dried cranberries. Add cooked chicken and rice vinegar. Stir until well blended.