Recipe by Debra Parris
"A wonderful summer treat for any setting...I was tired of regular chicken salad and became creative...."
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skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, chopped
chopped red onion
salt and pepper to taste
spinach - rinsed, stemmed, and dried
Yummy! I made a double recipe for a potluck and the group *raved* about it! It was definatey a popular choice for the attendees.
I doubled the recipe and followed it almost exactly except I baked the chicken in foil packets with a little oil and some celery.
I also reduced the amount of balsamic vinegar to 2 Tbsp. (for 3 1/2 pounds of chicken) and I didn't have any cranberries so I used 1/2 an apple. I know, I know, it's not really Cranchick salad without the cranberries but it was SO GOOD the way I made it. I'll definately make it again.
I suppose that it may not be fair to rate this so low, because I cut back on the mayonaise, as we don't like things so mayonaisey, but it just did not do much for our family. I liked the basic concept of cranberries, walnuts and chickens, but next time would replace the balsamic vinegar with mustard, and perhaps add some apples or grapes.
I wish I could give this 10 stars! I followed the recipe exactly except I prebaked the chicken in the oven (375 for 35mins). I used light mayo. Next time I'll cut down on the mayo just a little, maybe 3/4 cup. That's just my preference. This was an awesome lunch! So pretty. A great way to get some spinach too! I had mine with quite a bit of spinach to "cut" the mayo a bit. EDIT: Two years later, I still make this and get requests for the recipe ALL the time. Try it!
I've gotten more compliments and requests for this recipe than any thing else that I've made for a party!!!!
I make this all the time and the only change I make is raisins for cranberries. Love this recipe because it's simple & delicious. My only advice is make a big batch, enjoy for days and be sure to thank Deb!
Terrific! I used canned chicken and added a pinch of curry for a bit of a zip...perfect for lunch!
I am so happy to see how many of you enjoyed my recipie...I had never checked reviews till today and am only sorry I forgot to say to use the clear or light color balsalmic and to lessen the mayo as needed... I am going to have to make this again soon and remind myself of how I too love it...Thanks again
I was surprised how wonderful this salad was! My kids loved it. It didn't look too appealing, so after I mixed it together I sprinkled more cranberries on top and whole walnuts. It helped a bit. My son likes the salad for sandwiches with pita bread, too.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Deb's Cranchick Salad
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 575
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