Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

What's your favorite chicken salad sandwich recipe? No doubt you have a recipe that you've always made or one that is an old family favorite. One handed down from you mother or even one your grandmother used to make.

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To me, those are the best kind, but it doesn't hurt to make an old favorite even better. You can add to the recipe or even substitute ingredients for a totally different taste! There are probably just as many variations of chicken salad as there are people who make them.

Our favorite, is an adaptation of another standby, tuna fish salad. It's similar because at first we just changed the tuna to chicken and were pretty happy with the taste. Then we started experimenting, mostly from hearing about others additions and wanting to be adventurous.

A new addition

Have you ever added apples to your chicken salad sandwich recipe? Well believe it's delicious. If you haven't tried it yet, it's definitely worth it. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first. So I just took a teaspoon of salad and added a couple chopped apples.

I was hooked, and my family loved it, too! The apples added just the right amount of sweetness (or tartness if you use granny smiths). It just goes to show you that what sounds a little odd or different ma be just the thing to make an old family favorite into a new one.

Our recipe started with left-over chicken, slightly chopped. We like ours chunky, but you can chop it as fine as you like (especially if using it for tea sandwiches).

Then we added just a few other ingredients – onion powder, basil, and mayonnaise. Last we added chopped apples, I think we had gala or delicious on hand. I like mine served on 100% whole wheat bread, slightly toasted. English muffins, kaiser rolls,or pita pockets would work just as well.

The recipe

Here's our basic chicken salad sandwich recipe. We're sort of a throw together family, so ingredients are based on our tastes. You can add what you like and leave off the rest, depending on you and your family's taste.

1 chicken breast, cooked and chopped (or leftover chicken to make 1 ½ cups)

½ teaspoon of each – onion powder, garlic powder, and basil

1 T minced onions

1 T minced celery (our daughter is allergic to celery so this is optional for us)

¼ c chopped apple

2 T pickle relish

1-2 T mustard

¼ to ½ c mayonnaise or salad dressing (we use mayonnaise most of the time which is why we like the sweetness of the relish and apple)

Mix all ingredients together. Chill if desired. Serve on whatever type of bread or rolls you like. We like something with a little bite to it for salad type sandwiches. If the bread is too soft, it tends to soak up the moisture and fall apart. If it's too hard, your ingredients tend to squish out the sides when you're trying to take a bite.

But it's up to you. The bread is as much a part of the experience as the filling itself. So don't be afraid to experiment. I think most sandwich enthusiasts are experimenters by nature, so go for it!

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