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Gourmet Chicken Salad with Grapes and Gorgonzola Recipe

Updated on August 18, 2012
chicken salad with grapes and gorgonzola
chicken salad with grapes and gorgonzola | Source
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Not Your Mother's Chicken Salad

Are you tired of traditional chicken salad and ready for a change? Imagine... shredded chicken with sweet grapes, creamy Gorgonzola cheese crumbles, slightly tangy poppy seed dressing and sliced almonds. No need for chicken smothered in mayonnaise and celery here. This recipe for a gourmet chicken salad is perfect for entertaining guests for a luncheon or brunch and yet casual enough for a weeknight meal.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves five people aboout 1 cup
Ingredients for Chicken Salad
Ingredients for Chicken Salad | Source

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-large chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, oven roasted
  • 1/4-1/2 cup light mayo with olive oil
  • 1/2 cup poppy seed dressing
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Recommendations

Brianna's Homestyle Poppyseed Dressing
Kraft Reduced Fat Mayo with Olive Oil
Boar's Head Gorgonzola Cheese Crumbles
All Natural Almond Accents: Oven Roasted Almonds

Slice seedless red grapes in half
Slice seedless red grapes in half | Source
Mix all ingredients
Mix all ingredients | Source
chicken salad with crackers
chicken salad with crackers | Source
  1. Wash chicken breasts and trim if needed.
  2. Place chicken in large saucepan and cover with water by an inch. Add poultry seasoning and stir in. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat to a slow boil for about 40 minutes.
  4. Cool chicken completely. (if you shred it when hot or warm, it will dry out) Once cool, shred chicken with hands and place into large mixing bowl.
  5. Add remaining ingredients, except for the almonds, and stir well. Add additional dressing and mayo to your desired consistency. Refrigerate for an hour minimum.
  6. Add oven roasted almonds just prior to serving.
  7. Serve on top a bed of lettuce, on a challuah bun or with your favorite crackers.

Variations

Feel free to substitute walnuts or pecans instead of almonds if you prefer. You can even roast your own nuts if you have time. I just use the store bought options for convenience. If you are in a crunch for time, you can eliminate the cooking time by using store bought rotisserie chicken. If you prefer chopped chicken, rather than shredded or pulled, that is fine too. And for a lighter option, cut the Gorgonzola cheese in half and select a lower calorie poppy seed salad dressing.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 328
Calories from Fat144
% Daily Value *
Fat 16 g25%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 6 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 36 g72%
Cholesterol 95 mg32%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Organic vs. Non Organic Chicken

Is there a difference between eating organic chicken and regular chicken? Yes. We hear so much about the benefits of organic food, but is it worth spending the extra money at the grocery store? That depends on you. When it comes to chickens, the only difference is in how the animals are raised. This means the meat, texture and nutrients may be similar, but the real difference is putting extra antibiotics into your body. According to Livestrong.com and Food Inc, the increased use of antibiotics on farm animals is one reason why we are seeing more antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria in the United States. Organic chickens do not need the doses of antibiotics because they do not live in such cramped conditions where they are prone to disease. Conventional farmers also use growth producing antibiotics to grow larger chickens more quickly.

Price is also a factor as we all spend a significant portion of our household income at the grocery store. At Harris Teeter, boneless skinless chicken breasts are $4.99/lb. or $3.99/lb. if you buy a value pack. The Smart Chicken organic chicken breasts are significantly higher at $8.99/lb.

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      Denise Mai 4 years ago from Idaho

      Laura, this is my favorite salad served at a deli in Spokane, WA. They serve it over sliced, herbed focaccia. Yummy. I just love grape and gorgonzola together! Now I'm really thrown for a loop. Your salad or GoodLady's salad for tonight's dinner. Oh, you two are making me hungry!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      This sounds amazing. I just wish I lived in the USA - you have the BEST sandwiches in the world.

      So good. And a wonderful Hub!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Laura,

      My mom used to make the best chicken salad and I believe your recipe here is very close to hers. I will definitely be bookmarking it. I make a tuna salad with red grapes and they add such a great flavor and texture. And the almonds, yum!!! I very much appreciated finding this recipe and hope to make is soon. Thanks,

      Sharyn

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      LauraGSpeaks 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Denisemai, grape, gorgonzola and poppy seed dressing really do go great together. GoodLady, all your Italian food recipes have me yearning for a trip to Italy. Sharyn, I love the red grapes in food too. They give such a burst of flavor. Thank you ladies for stopping by.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Sounds very good. Up, Useful, Interesting, shared, and bookmarked.

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      LauraGSpeaks 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thank you B. Leekley. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      When we lived in the U.S., I bought organic chicken when it was on sale and froze it until ready for use. The chickens here in Peru are raised with less antibiotics, and you can really feel the difference. I also think it affects the flavor. As we often enjoy tuna and chicken salad, I look forward to trying your recipe as well. What a great idea to use poppy seed dressing. Thanks for sharing!

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