A few years ago, I went to a party where the hostess had made chicken salad for us to snack on. Except that her chicken salad was unlike any I’d ever eaten before – it had cranberries, apples and walnuts in it!
I was used to super simple chicken salad: chicken and mayonnaise, salt and pepper…not very exciting.
Ever since that party, I’ve been experimenting with adding different things to my chicken salad, like apples, pecans, dried cranberries, raisins, etc. Some of the recipes have been an utter flop and I’ve had to feed the concoction to the dogs…but there have been quite a few winners!
I decided to try Lawry’s brand new Fire Roasted Chile and Garlic course ground blend…I made a trial run with just enough for one salad or sandwich, just in case it was a flop. I was aiming for something a little Mediterranean inspired – raisins, apples, chile and garlic?
I’ve never actually cooked Mediterranean food, so I just winged it.
Isn’t experimental cooking more fun that way?
1/2 tsp Lawry’s Fire Roasted Chile and Garlic Course Ground Blend seasoning
6 tbs Hellman’s Mayonnaise
1 lb Chicken – I prefer thigh meat because I find it to be more moist, but any kind will do
1/2 Granny Smith Apple
1/3 cup California Raisins
Cook your chicken until done, and remove all fat. I boil mine with a little Lawry’s Fire Roasted Garlic Salt!
Chop or shred your chicken to your desired consistency and put into a medium sized bowl.
Finely chop your apple and add into the chicken, then add your raisins.
Add your mayo and seasoning and mix thoroughly.
Now, I’ve given my measurements for everything based on my preferences. If you like your chicken salad less “wet” then decrease the mayo, if you like it more spicy, add more Lawry’s Fire Roasted Chile and Garlic seasoning.
The first batch I made, I just topped a green salad with. The spicy heat and sweetness from the Mediterranean chicken salad was a fantastic combination – and of course I didn’t need any dressing!
The next batch I made, I just ate on a sandwich. I added a little extra Lawry’s Fire Roasted Chile and Garlic seasoning and it definitely kicked it up a notch!
Of course, after I finished my sandwich, I had to create another Lawry’s Dinnertisement because I had so much fun creating the first one!
And…I know you have all been creating your own fabulous Dinnertisements, and it’s time to draw a winner for the Dinnertising Kit!
And the winner is…
Amy! She created this super fun Sante Fe Steak Dinnertisement!
I received samples and compensation for my time for trying Lawry’s new marinades and spice blends. All opinions are my own!