Chicken Salad with Fresh Herbs and Pecans

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 10 min
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 head garlic, halved, plus 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery, tops and bottoms reserved for poaching liquid
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion, tops and bottoms reserved for poaching liquid
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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Directions

Fill a 12-inch covered saute pan 3/4 of the way with water and bring to a simmer. Add the garlic head, celery tops and bottoms, onion tops and bottoms, bay leaves, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Return the liquid to a simmer.

Rinse the chicken briefly under cool running water, and then pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken on both sides with the remaining salt and pepper. Add the chicken breasts to the poaching liquid, cover, and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F when tested with an instant-read thermometer, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the chicken breasts and set aside to cool.

While the chicken is cooking, combine the minced garlic, diced celery, finely chopped red onion, mayonnaise, mustard, and herbs in a large mixing bowl and mix well.

When the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut it into 1/2-inch dice, add the chicken and the pecans to the mayonnaise mixture, and mix well. Serve the salad immediately, or transfer to the refrigerator to chill.

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  • on April 26, 2013

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    Absolutely amazing recipe!!! I had chicken left over from making my weekly chicken stock, and I used that chicken and followed the rest of the recipe verbatim, and EVERYONE loved it, even my picky guests (and I have a few a good lunch recipe to serve up quick, I bet would even make canned chicken taste good, might go a little heavier on the fresh herbs, BUT good job xcooking channel for yet ANOTHER winner....I absolutely LOVE your show, and the ease of this recipe was great, would be excellent for a beginner chef..GREAT job...

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  • on September 04, 2011

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    OMG!! I just finished making this, and while I wait for it to chill ( I did cheat and eat a spoonful I had to write and say: I love this!!! I saw it on television last night, ran out and got everything I needed today, and I am so glad I did. It is refreshing, light, and so easy to make. I am not a big fan on mayo so I used a little less, for my taste. My girls liked it too. I will definitely be making this again.

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  • on August 26, 2011

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    I knew I wanted chicken salad but I didn't know exactly what I wanted it to taste like. When I saw this recipe, at midnight, I jumped up and put it together. It is great and full of flavor> Thanks again cooking channel

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