November 16th, 2006

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Sonoma chicken salad

Just as I was absent from my blog, I had been absent from the grocery store and my fridge was very empty. That meant lots of money spent on eating out, but I finally made it back to the grocery store and packed one of my favorite chicken salads for lunch this week. This recipe is from Whole Foods. I first tried it at one of their stores in Houston and since then it’s been a favorite at my parents’ and at my home.

Sonoma Chicken Salad

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tsp honey
  • 2tsp poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 2lbs chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 2 cups red seedless grapes
  • 3 stalks celery thinly sliced

Prepare dressing by mixing all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to dress the salad. You can prepare the dressing up to two days ahead of time.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the chicken breast in one layer in a baking dish with 1/2 cup water. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes or until cooked. Remove from oven, let cool and refrigerate for two hours.

When the chicken breasts are chilled, cut into dice and place in a large bowl. Add grapes, celery, pecans, poppy seeds and dressing.

Cook’s Notes:

This recipe serves six. Since I cook for me, myself and I, I usually divide the ingredients by three or four. I usually serve it over greens with half a whole wheat pita pocket.

I also do a couple of things differently. I use canola mayonnaise — trying to be healthier I guess. And I typically poach the chicken breast in fat-free organic chicken broth instead of cooking it in the oven. It works just as well.

[tags] food, recipes, salads, Whole Foods [/tags]

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3 Responses to “Sonoma Chicken Salad”

  1. Yummy! This looks good. I may just try this out. I’ll let you know how it goes. If I make it with the serving size in the recipe, instead of cutting it down, will it last (not spoil)long enough for me to eat it over like a week?? I as well am just cooking for me, myself and I.

  2. mmmmmmmmmm Looks so good! More please

  3. I must try this recipe. I am originally from Miami but living in Barcelona. I just found your blog – very nice!

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