By Kelly Bogard
There are a few things that I consider truly Southern–sweet tea, watermelon on a hot day and chicken salad. I’m sure other places have these things, but in my mind they originated in the South. So today I’ll share a chicken salad recipe from one of our Texas Table Top readers and a sweet lady from my church, Hazel. It has several ingredients that I wouldn’t have thought would fit, but it is absolutely amazing!
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For Hazel’s Chicken Salad, you will need…
4-4 ½ pound stewed chicken
2 cubes chicken bouillon
½ lemon, sliced
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 tablespoon salted butter
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup red grapes, halved
2 cups apples, chopped
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And for the sauce, you will need…
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup mayonnaise
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon honey
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The first thing you’ll want to do is stew your chicken. After thoroughly cleaning your chicken, place it in a large stew pot filled with water, chicken bouillon and half of a sliced lemon. Simmer the chicken until fork tender and then set aside to cool. At the same time, in a small sauce pan, melt salted butter and walnuts to toast. Make sure to occasionally stir your walnuts around so they don’t burn. They should only take a few minutes to toast up. While your chicken is cooking and your walnuts are cooling, go ahead and cut up your celery, apples and grapes. I like to put them back in the refrigerator after chopping so they are nice and cold when you add them to the chicken.
Once the chicken is cool enough to work with, remove the skin, debone and cube. Go ahead and place the cubed chicken in the refrigerator to chill, as well, while you make your sauce. Combine all of your sauce ingredients, mixing well to get all of the flavors combined. I know it seems a little strange to use sweet ingredients like vanilla yogurt and honey, but I have to tell you, it makes it wonderful.
Now you can get all of the fruit, veggies and chicken out of the refrigerator and combine in a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the mixture and stir until well combined. Chill and it is ready when you are.
This chicken salad is super yummy, and you really must try it! Thanks so much to Hazel for sharing her recipe with me and allowing me to put it on Texas Table Top. If you have any yummy recipes you’d like to share, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always love getting new recipes and would like to share some of yours, as well.
From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!
Recipe: Hazel’s Chicken Salad
Summary: Cool chicken salad with a sweet, savory sauce
Cooking time (duration): 1 hour
Number of servings (yield): 6-8