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You Say You Don't Like Salad?

Updated on December 29, 2016

Sit down, relax, and prepare to be sucked into the yummy world of chicken salad!

Okay, so you're probably already sitting down since you're reading this lens, but if not, do, then relax because it's really hard to appreciate my humor if you're uptight and skimming this so fast that you read right over it. Next, hold on tight to your mouse because I'm going to suck you into the world of chicken salad and you may want to find your way home eventually!

This is NOT the bland chicken salad that your momma used to slap onto a couple of slices of plain white bread and toss into a plastic baggie when you were a kid. You remember those baggies that tucked in and didn't zip at the top, right? Well, wipe that from your mind because that has nothing to do with THIS terrific chicken salad! This is a culinary experience the likes of, well, one of those restaurants that you'd actually be willing to spend a Jackson on (that's a twenty in the U. S.) for a salad like this, IF you could even find a restaurant that made a salad this good. Are you ready? Then let's go!

Do I Have to C-c-c-ooooooo-k???

Or, How do I turn on the stove?

Guess what fellas? You get to use the G R I L L! That's right! But first things first...yes, this is a recipe lens and it will teach you how to make the most wonderful chicken salad you've EVER tasted, but let's start at the beginning. Usually recipes give you a list of ingredients, so I guess I could give you a hint about what's going to be in this salad.

Let's see, it's around here somewhere. Ahh, yes! I make this salad for myself so this is a salad for ONE ~ if you want it for more, well, you do the math ~ I'm an artist, not a teacher.

  • chicken ~ one breast works nicely for me, it leaves one for the chicken
  • lettuce of choice ~ I use two: romaine and mixed field greens
  • broccoli coleslaw ~ a must! Do NOT leave this out!
  • assorted veggies of choice ~ tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, etc.
  • cheeses ~ if you so choose and can tolerate them ~ I use two (cheddar and parmesan)
  • yummy salad dressing of choice ~ I use Brianna's Chipotle Cheddar which makes this salad what it is ~ spicy!

Okay, are you starting to see why this is the best chicken salad ever? No? Okay, we'll get to that later then. Moving on.

Proceed with Caution ~
Naked Chicken Ahead!

Getting Things Started!

Or, Boy that stuff is slimy!

The first thing you need to do is marinate your chicken in your salad dressing of choice. Please don't be too boring and pick italian. Everyone does it at some point, but it's been overdone. Brianna's makes some lovely choices and they even have an online store! Check it out when you're done reading this lens. If you like something with some snap, I recommend the Chipotle Cheddar! Like anything you marinate, the longer you do it, the better. I'm lucky if I can remember to get mine going a couple of hours ahead of time, so if you can do yours four hours, then you're better than me.

Anyway, I find it best to cut the chicken into strips, removing as much fat as possible (even if you buy the skinless breasts, they still have fat! ewww!) and then coat both sides with a generous amount of the dressing. See the lovely polaroid below.

This is the marinating chicken breast.

This is the marinating chicken breast.
This is the marinating chicken breast.

Come on Baby Light My Fire!

Now for the Cooking!

Or, You did say the grill, right?

After you can't stand to wait any longer, or you're ready to eat, get out the George Foreman Grill (or if you must, a pan and some non-stick cooking spray) and plug that baby in to the wall. Yep, that's what I said! Or if you're a real man and it's not arctic weather outside, go fire up the outdoor grill and get ready to cook! Now, the second the grill/pan/whatever is ready, throw the chicken on and cook it for a few minutes (max!) and then immediately remove it before you char it to death. Cut up chicken cooks FAST and you don't want chicken leather to eat. Next, cut it into bite-sized morsels and set it aside.

If you're fast or if you want to prepare your vegetables ahead of time you can do so, if not, you can prepare them after your chicken is finished so it will have time to cool down a touch. Use whatever suits your taste. I left out broccoli and carrots because they're in the broccoli slaw which is much easier to use.

Poised and Ready!

Poised and Ready!
Poised and Ready!

They Say Layers are BACK!

The Home Stretch...

Or, Is it time to eat yet?

Layers, layers, layers and they're not just for hair or clothes in inclement weather anymore! That's right, folks, they're for salad, too!

Ready, set, layer!

  1. A soft bed of romaine (or your choice of fluffy stuff)
  2. Another soft bed of mixed field greens (I always have to tear mine up into bite sized pieces)
  3. Now comes the broccoli slaw (Don't leave this out!) I use a fairly thick layer because I love it, but you use what you want.
  4. Next are the veggies of your choice and the cheese (I use cubed cheddar on mine in this step.)
  5. Next add the delicious chicken and the second cheese if you choose (I use grated parmesan for this step.)

Proceed to last step!

Wait for it . . . !

The Final Step!

Or, Ready, set, EAT!

The last thing you need to do is drizzle the same type of salad dressing you used to marinate the chicken, all over the top of the salad. I didn't say this was low calorie, did I? No, I don't remember mentioning that, just that it tasted really good! If you used a low-cal dressing, well lucky you for a bonus ~ one less workout day.

Voila ~ You're done! Now, doesn't it look delicious??? It is!! Trust me! So why are you still looking at it ~ dig in!!!

The Finished Product!

The Finished Product!
The Finished Product!

The Best Chicken Salad Ever?

Or, Why again?

So, why do I claim that this is the best chicken salad ever? Well, because you get to make it with your favorite ingredients and your favorite salad dressing but you use my secret ingredient, as well...broccoli slaw!

I hope that you learned a new trick for salads and that you will try this recipe out on your unsuspecting family (especially those kids who think broccoli is gross) or at least for yourself as a treat sometime. It really is addicting!

Put Your Truth Where Your Mouth Is! - be honest now!

Is this the BEST Chicken Salad Ever?

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And for even more chicken salad recipes ~ just in case you want second best! *wink*

 

What Say You? - Did I convince you to try this salad?

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness (I really mean it so I have to write the whole thing out!), it's good to have you writing here. I did so enjoy your recipe!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Okay, now I can see how a lens about chicken salad deserves a purple star. You are clear, concise and hecka funny - your pictures are nice and you make me hungry! Pinned on my cooking board and blessed.............

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      I think you can convince me to try anything if they look as delicious as this added with your humorous post. Good job!

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      InspiredByOthers 5 years ago

      I LOVE SALADS!! Definitely going to try this one! THANKS!!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Sounds like an excellent recipe. Please feel free to share it on my Facebook page, Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't know how you did it but you had my mouth watering at your naked marinating chicken. You really should do a cooking show, it would be so fun and delicious!

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      Rosaquid 6 years ago

      Soon, very soon!

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      vividviolet 6 years ago

      before, I hated salad, any kind, and now I love them!Thanks!

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      I'll be making this salad for dinner tonight!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      Looks so yummy. A must-try for me.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My problem is double trouble -- I'm a vegetarian who doesn't eat chicken AND I don't really like vegetables/salad. I know, crazy. What do I eat? Carbs, carbs and more carbs. Actually, right now I'm on a pretty steady beans and rice diet in Brazil, and I'm starting to write about my travels here on Squidoo. Thanks for a nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      looking very good!!

      Great Lens

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      myamya 6 years ago

      yummy, great lens! thanks for posting, squidlikes !

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      One Of the funnest recipe lenses every. Great job. Loved your humor. blessed

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      razeitup 6 years ago

      I used to work at Timmies, which turned me off from chicken salad alltogether, but now I think your lens has changed my mind and i'll be trying it

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      Nice Lens. I'm going to try this. I've been looking for a nice chicken salad for a long time. The two tips I definitely must try, the broccoli cole slaw and the chipotle dressing. Thanks for the info!

      --Art Haule

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      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for all the lovely comments!!! I am so tickled to be getting some front page exposure (I hope my hair looks okay)! ;) Squidoo Rocks! Y'all are so sweet (make sure you brush, you wouldn't want to get cavities being that sweet.)! Best wishes ~Ren

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      I'm on board for chicken salad without mayonnaise!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I believe you convinced most of those who also like chicken... :)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      This salad sounds yummy! Blessed!

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      iMANDY 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Mmm yummy, sounds good!

      I love the way you put this lens together, I like your style! :)

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      nursecraft 6 years ago

      I like the fun format this recipe is presented in and it sounds like darn good-tastin salad!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      I have eaten mostly green salads and now I have graduated to meat salads, like tuna salad, chicken salad and turkey salads.

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      Elyn MacInnis 6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I don't have a good stomach when I eat chicken, but I am contemplating trying pork chop (that other white meat!) salad... We don't have broccoli slaw overseas. But maybe I will add something else... I make a chicken salad for my family that focuses on dill, preferably fresh, walnuts and raising in a white dressing. It's not bad either (but I can't eat it. I save some of the sauce for vegetables).

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      ScrollSawChuck 6 years ago

      Salad is the main dish!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      yes, i will try it. we had a costume ball party last saturday and all i want to eat now is salad to take the extra pounds i gained while raiding the buffet table. i think chicken is lean if it is naked (no skin). blessings for this yummylicious lens.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Well, it sure looks delicious ... and it is lunch time!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed you humor and presentation in this article. I guess I will be making a chicken salad soon :)

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      I don't like salad in general but I do like like Chinese Chicken salad and this recipe resembles it and looks yummy. Plus I have a George Foreman Grill already & I always see Briana's salad dressings at the store! Looking forward to making and enjoying it! (Plus my hubby loves salad!) You may make a salad lover out of me yet!

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      PositiveChristi1 6 years ago

      I love salad. I'm now wondering if I can get Broccoli Coleslaw in the UK?

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      OrganicMom247 7 years ago

      Looks yummy, I am in, when do we eat?

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      MamaRuth 7 years ago

      I love chicken salads. I'll definitely try adding the broccoli coleslaw as an ingredient.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love the idea of the broccoli coleslaw. We eat grilled chicken salad often, but I've never used that. Next time!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh yes, I like Chicken Salad and this looks delicious!

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      Gift-Guide 7 years ago

      The photo looks yummy.

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      Always looking for new recipes and yours sounds fantastic. I'll give this one a go real soon.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Looks yummy! Now I just need a grill.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Love this lens & love chicken salad!

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      Wendy Henderson 7 years ago from PA

      Awesome Lens. I totally enjoyed reading it.

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      TasiL 8 years ago

      yummi! make me hungry.. Great lens!

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      rydigga 8 years ago

      Great lens. Chicken salad is one of my faves. Marination is the key :)

      Ryan

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      yum! I might just have to give this a try. Looks really delicious. Thanks for sharing and for coming to the photo foodie.

      Nancy...angelspiritme

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      Delia 9 years ago

      I loooove salads but only like them better when someone else makes them, this one looks delicious...5*

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      poutine 9 years ago

      At our home, we love chicken salad, we'll try this recipe.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Yum, that finished product looks mighty tasty! 5*****

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      Barbara Isbill 9 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great lens. 5 stars from a fan. I'm featuring your lens on my chicken salad lens!

      https://hubpages.com/food/easy-chicken-salad-recip

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      I'm MOSTLY vegetarian, so I'd substitute the chicken for the Fri-Chic you can find on my lens of meat substitutes> HealthyMeatSubstitues.

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      farmgirl lm 9 years ago

      Can't wait to try it! Looks delish!

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      Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

      YUM! My faves, chicken and salad - 5*s!

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Absolutely Stupendous! Loved this lens from start to finish, mainly cuz of your humor...the salad is ab fab too!

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Fun lens! And I bet the salad's great! 5* from chef to chef!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      This fabulous lens is today's feature at the Cabaret Squidoo blog!

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      Allan R. Wallace 9 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      What I need now is your recipe for broccoli slaw. Can I cook that on the grill too?

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      Wow, your chicken salad sounds delicious! A very fun and excellent lens, 5 stars. I lensrolled you to How Tischke Invented the Bagel too.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Very nice! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      OH MY!!! Now that looks heavenly. I can't wait to try your recipe, in fact, I might try it tonight when my boyfriend comes over. I know this dish will make even HIM want to eat salad!

      Thank you for sharing your recipe. It sounds completely addicting.

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