Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Fresh basil, orange zest, and honey add bright flavor to Poppy Seed Chicken Salad.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans


  1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; whisk basil, orange zest, honey, and poppy seeds into mayonnaise mixture. Stir in chicken and celery. Stir cranberries into chicken mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill 3 hours. Stir in pecans just before serving.
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