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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chicken Salad w/ Poppyseeds & Yellow Raisins

I've got a quickie for you today.  I have to do necessities and tear myself away from the computer.  I'm pretty sure it'd be frowned upon if I served dinner on dirty dishes...sent the kids to school in dirty, wrinkly clothes...and invited somebody in to stand on this filthy floor I can see from the corner of my eye.  Not to mention I see a tower of recycling that needs to be transported to the outside bin.  Sheesh.  How does it happen so fast!?  That said, this is a fantastic meal to throw together on such days.  As long as you have some cooked chicken hangin' out in the fridge, it goes together in no, it's tasty and satisfying.  While my favorite way to eat it is in sandwich form...between a good homemade roll or's pretty great just scooped onto some crisp lettuce, as well.

Chicken Salad with Poppyseeds and Yellow Raisins
from the kitchen of girlichef
makes ~4 svgs.

~2 c. cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
~¼ c. mayonnaise
good squirt Dijon mustard
~1 Tbs. poppy seeds
~1/3 c. celery, small dice
~½ c.golden raisins
kosher or sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Combine everything except salt and pepper in a large bowl and work together gently.  Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Adjust mayo and mustard accordingly.  Well, even the other ingredients, add a little more if you want, or even a little less...everybody has their own "ratio" preference.  I like my salad just moist enough to hold together...but not dripping. I like flavorful chicken with bits of crunch and flavor in each bite.

For an awesome meal that is pretty good for you, pile ~½ c. of the chicken salad onto a split Oatmeal Brown Ale Roll or a croissant.
p.s...isn't Chicken Salad great in its endless variations?  For another delicious option, check out my Chicken Salad w/ Cherries, Apples, and Almonds.  Now, go get something done.  Like me.  I'm logging off.  To get things done. Now. 

Okay, bye.  I'm really going...

*I am sharing this post with:
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  1. This sounds like a great lunch! I've had a whole week of "other stuff that needed to be done" so I haven't been on my computer very much at all. This quick dish is perfect!

  2. Sounds delicious! I love poppyseeds and golden raisins - and never would have thought to combine either with chicken! The other chicken salad you made with cherries, apples, and almonds sounds absolutely delicious too.. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It really is amazing how real life can catch up to you sometimes...

    I love the poppyseeds and raisins in this chicken salad! Definitely sets it apart!

  4. I never prepared salad with meat, I think I should try this, looks lovely.

  5. Yummy! This looks really good. I love the added golden raisins in it, adds a nice balance of sweetness to it.

  6. I lovee Chicken salads and the quick ones are better!
    I am always making all kinda salads to fix sandwich's for all those hungry times in between!
    And yeah the poopy seeds are always a fantastic addition to all things delicious!
    Do u lightly roast them after a little wash/soak?
    I feel like reaching out for one right away , that too i jus had a sandwich with shredded french chicken:-)
    Wishing u a lifetime of joy and happiness and 365 days of Happy Valentine's love!

  7. Chicken salad is awesome! The recipe I use from Whole Foods includes poppy seeds too. I can't believe how good they are in it. And I use grapes, never thought of raisins. Looks super yummy Heather!

  8. Que pasada de receta, se ve deliciosa.


  9. I have never made chicken salad with poppy - always think of it in sweets, but I'm loving this chicken saladQ

  10. This has to be the most gorgeous and delicious-looking chicken salad sandwich ever. ;-) Yum! Thanks for sharing it at Souper Sundays this week.

  11. oh YUM! i love chicken salad, and those raisins are great, little bursts of sweetness!

  12. This is something that I gotta try on my chicken salad!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  13. I discovered how much I love chicken and Poppyseed combination just last year! This looks delicious.

  14. Slurp,thats a droolworthy salad, looks sooo creamy and yummy..

  15. Goodness, I know about the stuff that just clones itself...sigh...
    The chicken salad looks just amazing, and I often have chicken hanging out in my fridge, so I'm bookmarking...

  16. This sounds awesome with the poppy seeds and golden raisins! Hope you got a lot done. I need to log off and do the same :) Happy Valentine's Day and belated congratulations on your winning Nutella Ravioli - definitely brilliant!

  17. Those are beautiful photos... love the recipe (needs apple pieces, maybe some grapes cut up)... love the poppy seeds!

    Be romantic, have a great valentines Day


  18. looks great!

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  19. This is a great quick dish .. Happy valentines day :)

  20. Heather - you've done it again, this looks delish!Thanks for sharing.

  21. Heather - you've done it again, this looks delish!Thanks for sharing.

  22. Chicken salad is great, isn't it? It's the perfect way to eat up leftover roasted chicken. I never think to use golden raising (even though I do use grapes during the summer). Thanks for the suggestion. Happy Valentine's Day.

  23. Just stop by to wish you a Happy Valentine's.

    Have a great evening!

  24. Love all chicken salads! This one is particularly pretty. Hope you accomplished all! Happy Valentine's Day!

  25. Very cute blog post, and boy can I relate! I wish I'd had this recipe two hours ago when I was deciding what to do with the cooked chicken I had in the frig. I would never have thought of adding raisins, but I love the simple combination of ingredients and the sweet raisins would be perfect!


  26. I love all chicken salad in any form! My favorite!

  27. The poppy seeds make this look really special and I am sure it is delicious :) Hope you had a great Valentines :)

  28. Yum, I love chicken salad. The poppyseeds and raisins are inspired! You clean floors? I guess I should clean mine one day...

    (word verification is warrio - I guess I have been playing too much MarioKart)