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Mendocino Chicken Salad Recipe
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Mendocino Chicken Salad

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"This is a delicious smoked chicken salad with almonds and fresh basil. Serve it over lettuce or on a sandwich."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine the smoked chicken, grapes, red onion, celery, basil, almonds, and mayonnaise. Mix well; chill and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 27, 2005

Fantabulous. Realize that EVERYTHING in this salad plays its part -- the smokiness of the chicken, the sweet grape juice-bombs, and the crunchiness of the almonds and celery, to name a few. I could not find smoked chicken, so I threw four half-chicken breasts, two teaspoons of hickory liquid smoke (spice or bbq sauce aisle), some olive oil, and fresh ground pepper in a ziploc bag overnight, rubbing and turning once or twice, and then simply baked them in the morning (don't overcook!). Also, added things to the bowl in a certain way (not sure how much it mattered, but I didn't want the grapes crushed): chicken, onion, celery, then almonds. Then I lightly salted and peppered, tossing. Then the grapes, mayo and basil, gently. Tripled the batch, brought it to an Easter picnic, and people RAVED. My only tip? Increase the chicken by about half, and make it all the night before -- I'm sure the flavors will blend even better after some hours in the fridge. Kristine, will you marry me? :) Thank you for this recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 03, 2005

This was OK--nothing really fantastic. Didn't go over that well in our house, but we ate it anyway. Still looking for that perfect chicken salad.

Oct 11, 2002

I loved this salad! I couldn't find a package of smoked chicken breast, so I substituted a 6 oz. pkg. of grilled chicken. However, although the packaged chicken was convenient, I found that it was extremely salty and this detracted from the salad. Next time I'll grill or poach chicken myself and probably use a little more than 6 oz. This is definitely a keeper recipe!

Jan 13, 2005

I loved this recipe! I was looking for a party appetizer and decided to make this and serve it in bread bowls made in muffin tins. They all disappeared at the party. Thanks

Sep 06, 2005

DELICIOUS!! The supermarket didn't have smoked chicken so I substituted smoked turkey breast. I toasted my almonds before adding them to the mix. I added a few sprinkles of black pepper. I fixed it the night before our picnic to let the flavors blend. It was wonderful. We had it on croissants and in wraps at the picnic. The next day I had it on a cheese bagel. Tastes good any way you eat it.

Jan 20, 2005

This is a great change in the weekly lunch routine. Very chunky and crunchy. I skipped the almonds as my boyfriend is allergic, & used the rotisserie chicken. He loves it! Thanks for the great recipe.

Apr 30, 2004

This is my favorite chicken salad recipe to date. My uncle and I finished off the whole bowl in less than an hour. I did make a few changes due to what I had on hand. I used a rotisserie chicken, dried basil instead of fresh and pecans instead of almonds. I also added a handful of dried cherries, golden raisins, craisins and dried apricots. I served this over shredded romaine along with cheese, crackers and dill pickles. This was absolutely wonderful and I'm already planning on passing it along to others. Thanks so much for submitting.

Aug 23, 2005

This salad turned out to be a true delicacy. In the past I have made a similar one that called for tarragon, tarragon vinegar, and just plain cooked turkey, but this one is better. I think it is because of the smoked meat (I used Jennie-O sun-dried tomato Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast). Since I had 1-1/2 cups of grapes, I increased the turkey to 7 oz. and the onion to 3/4 cup. Cut the mayo to 1/2 cup of low-fat, and mixed 1 Tbs. of dried basil (didn't have any fresh) into it before I added it to the salad. Next time I would use either coarsely chopped almonds or pecans because the slivered almonds got lost somewhere. The salad was a little dry so I added a sprinkle of chicken broth to wet it up. VERY, VERY, VERY GOOD. Do try this salad.


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  • Calories
  • 365 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 32.2 g
  • 50%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 535 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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