Sunday, May 1, 2011

My Favorite Chicken Salad Recipe & A Kitchen Update

I love chicken salad! And I've tried several different kinds before. Some were good, others not so much. I've had a basic chicken salad recipe that I've used in the past that was o.k. but now I've discovered this one that's just awesome!

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

1 prepared rotisserie chicken (I use only the white meat)
Seedless white grapes
Sliced almonds
Salt and pepper to taste

Shred chicken and place in bowl. Add mayonnaise. I just eyeball it. Some people like a little mayo, some like a lot so this is just your preference. Cut grapes into desired sized pieces. I usually cut mine in half. Add desired amount of sliced almonds. Add salt and pepper. Mix all together and serve.

This is sooo yummy! And if there are other items you enjoy, like dried cranberries, apples, chopped celery, or whatever, you can easily add these to this simple recipe too. I like the convenience of the chicken being already prepared and ready to go. I buy mine from the deli section of the grocery store. They usually have several flavors to choose from. My favorites are the original and the garlic flavored varieties. This chicken salad is good by itself and awesome served on a buttery croissant. Yummo!!!

I'm linking this recipe up over at Mommy's Kitchen for her Potluck Sunday party this week. Please stop by her wonderful blog to check out all the great recipes there.

Our kitchen redo is coming along. Slowly. Seems like we take one step forward and two steps back. I have been fighting with my cabinet paint color forever and finally figured out that I am going to have to prime them first in order to get the true paint color to adhere. I was so hoping I could skip this step, but alas, I am going to have to bite the bullet and do it. Oh well, it will be worth it in the end to have the beautiful color on them that I've been wanting. We have finished the painting of the walls and next weekend we hope to get the back splash installed and the cabinets painted. We will see!

I found some plain red plates at Wal Mart a while back for only $1.00 each! I was so excited. They are fairly big and heavy. I bought two of them.

My brother-in-law owns and operates a printing and graphic design shop so he graciously cut me out a couple of black roosters from some scrap vinyl he couldn't use. I adhered them to my plain ole red plates and decided to use them as wall art.

I had purchased a wrought iron wall art piece from Hobby Lobby a while back for around $7.00. They had them half off so I was super excited about that! I decided to hang it above my sink area and I flanked it with my plates. I'm pleased with the way it turned out and you can see in the picture the new wall color we used above the cabinet area. I think it will look really good when the cabinets are finally their final red color.

I'm linking up to Met Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch and to Terrific Under Ten over at At Home With K this week. Be sure to visit these great blogs to see all the great makeovers and tutorials shared this week.

We had a really nice Easter last weekend. Easter Sunday was also our second wedding anniversary. Then the Monday after Easter was my birthday. I celebrated the 23rd anniversary of my 21st birthday! So we basically celebrated all weekend. Now we are getting ready for high school graduation for both of our sons. Whew, if we make it through this, it'll really be a miracle! We are blessed with two wonderful kids although they do try our patience from time to time. But we wouldn't have it any other way. God has been so good to us and we are truly thankful!

Until next time. . .


  1. I really like the new plates and the wrought iron piece---very, very nice.
    On your chicken salad, try mixing a bit of poppyseed dressing with the mayo and instead of grapes, use strawberries. If you are really daring, add some julienned red onion. I had this at my daughters and it is so yummy!

  2. Thanks for sharing your chicken salad recipe - sounds and looks YUMMY! Will have to try that.
    Love your rooster plates!
    Happy anniversary and Happy birthday! My middle daughter's b'day is also April 25th - she just turned 35.

  3. I know those wonderful rooster plates are just a teaser of what's to come;) Can't wait to see it all come together, and the chicken salad looks delicious!!!! Hope your having a great weekend sweet one:)

  4. I really like your Plates and I also have Roosters in my kitchen..I bought some barn red paint today for 2 walls in kitchen and have some nice wallpaper that looks like stone for under the cabinets and behind the stove..can't wait to get it started..might even paint the cabinets if I get real brave when I have the walls finished :)

  5. Oh my gosh! I love the plates.... I have a graphic business and all that I need to cut anything.... I am going to try that!!!!!!! make some goodies to sell and to keep...


  6. PS I will try the chicken salad..

  7. Hi Donna, the chicken salad looks so good! I am starving. I has ice cream for dinner...really healthy! I love what you did with the plates...too cute!!