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If you’ve got leftover chicken, this Parmesan chicken salad is a great way to use it.
Use Those Leftovers: Parmesan Chicken Salad
Since most of us have to deal with using leftover chicken and turkey, we could also use some new ways to use the stuff.
Chicken salad is one of those all-time favorites for using leftovers and there’s many many recipes. This Parmesan chicken salad is yet another one of those recipes. The difference here is that this salad has a really great flavor and stands out as one of the best I’ve tasted. And I’ve tasted a lot of chicken salad in many years.
Basil? But Yes
Basil actually goes very nicely with chicken provided it’s used sparingly so it doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors. The original recipe I saw called for fresh, but my basil petered out a while ago and I haven’t started another windowsill garden yet. I used the dried kind you find on the spice shelf and it worked out fine. But I’m sure that the flavor would be awesome using fresh, so do it if you can but don’t sweat it if you can’t. Another plus to the fresh kind is that it will add a pop of color, but since you use green onions there’s plenty of color in this salad.
This salad doesn’t use much mayo. You might want to add a tablespoon more if you find this chicken salad a bit dry. I’m a mayo freak but I found the stated amount to be just fine–and I used roasted white meat chicken too.
I made sandwiches with this and I used my no-knead peasant bread to make them. It’s a wonderful combination so I suggest you make that bread just for this purpose! The bread has the perfect texture to complement this salad.
Parmesan Chicken Salad
- 2 cups cooked chicken
- 3 tbs finely diced celery
- 3 green onions finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Chill until ready to serve.