Sunday, November 15, 2015

Curry Chicken Salad & Buffalo Blue Chicken Salad - Quick fix forRotisserie Chicken Salad

Just because I love to cook, doesn't mean I don't love a quick fix.  Even better when a "quick fix" meal is met with rave reviews.
Most grocers that sell rotisserie chickens, also sell really wonderful chicken salad made with the chicken. We have a local warehouse club that makes delicious chicken salad, but the large quantity often means we are bored with it before it goes bad.  Not anymore...
It turns out that with just a few simple additions you can dress up some deli rotisserie chicken salad and make people think that you are the best cook around!
The fun in cooking is all about adjusting recipes to your taste and so this is not about exact measurements, but more about inspiration and ideas. 

Curried Chicken Salad
1.5 Cups Rotisserie Chicken Salad 
2 tsp curry powder
2 T Sweet Relish (I used some pear relish from my sweet Mother in Law)
Handful of toasted nuts, chopped (Almonds, Pecans, Cashews, etc)
Finely Chopped Apple OR Raisins, OR Grapes (I really like using 1/2 of a Granmy Smith Apple)

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Adjust ingredients to your taste. 
*If the chicken salad is a bit dry, you can add additional Mayonaise, or even better a bit of Greek Yogurt.  

Buffalo Blue Chicken Salad
1.5 Cups Rotisserie Chicken Salad
2 Tablespoons of Buffalo Wing Sauce or "Red Hot" Hot sauce. 
Mix well. 
Garnish with Blue Cheese Crumbles. 
Feeling indulgent? Stir a bit of finely chopped bacon into the chicken mixture.

That's it...plain and simple.  A large container of Rotisserie Chicken salad will allow for both recipes with some "plain" left over to make a nice trio. We enjoyed ours for dinner with some apple slices, crackers, and celery for dipping.  

Bring these to your next party and people will swear that you worked TOO hard. Your secret is safe with me! 

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