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Chicken Salad Croissants

Yes, I'm a vegetarian. Generally, I don't like preparing meat dishes. But once in a while, I make an exception. This is one recipe I don't mind cooking.

Though it's not tempting now, this was one of the few meals I was sad to give up when I became vegetarian 12 years ago: my mom's famous chicken salad croissant sandwiches.

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It's a sophisticated but simple mix of celery, cashews, and a "secret" spice. And you could just put the chicken salad on regular old bread or a nice bit of greens, who can resist a buttery croissant?

My mom used to pack a chicken salad croissant in my lunch on the first day of school. She made them for special occasions like First Communions or graduation parties.

I ended up making these because Mister BS had defrosted two chicken breasts without a plan to cook them. I owed him a dinner, so I just make a stop at the grocery store to pick up croissants and a trip through the salad bar.

Perhaps the reason I don't mind making this chicken recipe is because the chicken is so easy to prepare. You can call it boiling or poaching, but basically you fill a stock pan with water or broth and cook the chicken until it is white all the way through. For two large chicken breasts, that was about 10-12 minutes.

Any other kind of cooked chicken works, whether you bought a rotisserie chicken or had leftover grilled chicken. For this recipe, I'd stick with a lightly seasoned one. Then it's just a matter of mixing all the ingredients in a bowl, and you're done!

Easy Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 C cooked, diced chicken (about 2 large boneless skinless breasts)
  • 1/2 C low fat Hellman's mayonnaise
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3/4 C unsalted cashews
  • 2 t Beau Monde spice or 1 t celery salt and 1 tsp onion salt

Directions

1. Prepare chicken if necessary. Heat stock pot of water or broth to a boil, add chicken, and cook 10-12 minutes until meat is white all the way through. Cool.

2. Mix chicken with mayo, celery, and cashews. Add spices to taste. Serve on croissants for a special treat.

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Posted in Landscaping Post Date 05/05/2016


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