Makes about 8 (1-cup) servings (serving size: 1 cup)
3 pounds skinned and boned chicken breasts
1 (49 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped water chestnuts, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
3 cups mayonnaise
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
How to Make It
Place chicken breasts in a large skillet; add chicken broth. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer, covered, 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from skillet, and let stand 15 minutes or until cool to touch. Shred chicken.
Combine shredded chicken, celery, water chestnuts, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl.
Stir together mayonnaise, ground red pepper, salt, and white pepper until well blended; spoon over shredded chicken mixture, stirring to coat. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.
Shrimp Salad: Substitute 3 pounds chopped cooked shrimp for chicken breasts and broth. Do not cook. Reduce mayonnaise to 2 cups and salt to 1/4 teaspoon. Proceed with recipe as directed.
This is a very good recipe and the shredded chicken makes it more versatile for serving than chunky chicken salad. A couple of suggestions - cooking boneless, skinless breasts for thirty minutes dries and toughens the meat. Try cutting the cooking time to fifteen minutes, then let the breasts set in the broth as it cools. The addition of celery and onion to the broth suggested by one reader is an excellent way to boost flavor and also have a delicious light soup left over. Shorter cooking time will permit reduction in the amount of mayo used. I also add a little of the cooking broth to the salad mixture, which moistens the meat and adds flavor. Finally, I always recommend using Morton's Nature's Seasons instead of plain salt and pepper because it is such a great flavor booster.
Just made this morning. Very, very good! I thought 3 cups of light mayo was way too much, but maybe I was wrong as it needed a little more. I put in about 2 cups which I thought was a lot. Maybe because the chicken was shredded it needed more mayo. But it is delicious. Be sure to cut your peppers, onions, and water chestnuts very fine. I will be serving with crackers for my next book club.
The best chicken salad I've ever tasted. People always ask for the recipe! The "heat" from the red pepper and the crunch from the different veggies make this a five star recipe. Teenage daughter who does not like any kind of pepper even eats this chicken salad! It's the best!!