This is an “oldie but goodie” made with real deal mayonnaise and other delicious ingredients. Nothing fancy going on here just good old fashioned goodness. Of course if you would like to lighten it up you can use Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise. I didn’t. This is a delicious, quick meal and perfect for a summer get together or luncheon any time of the year. I like to make it the night before and give the ingredients a chance to meld together. I take it out of the fridge about an hour or so before it is getting eaten so it comes to room temperature.
1 pound of chicken ( give or take) I used a store-bought rotisserie chicken and removed the skin and cut into cubes and shredded the rest of it.
1 cup chopped celery–I like my celery in small thin pieces –do whatever you prefer
1 cup red seedless grapes–halved
1/2 cup roasted chopped pecans–roast at 400 degrees for app. 4 minutes
1/2 cup dried cherries — or raisins or whatever you prefer
1 cup Mayonnaise–I used good old-fashioned Hellmans Mayo
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Add chopped chicken to a large bowl along with celery, grapes, dried cherries, chopped pecans, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Stir together until just combined. Refrigerate over night and taste for salt and pepper the next day before serving. Bring to room temperature to serve it at its optimum taste!
I also make chicken salad with a similar recipe…sometimes I also add apples and pineapple! At times, I use slivered almonds instead of pecans!