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Italian Chicken Salad Recipe

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Julie Blasko


For the chicken salad:
2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (2 large or 3 medium)
Olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup diced celery (from 2 medium stalks)
1/2 cup thinly sliced roasted red pepper
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
Handful chopped fresh parsley leaves
12 slices hearty Italian bread or ciabatta buns
12 slices cooked bacon, optional

For the vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Make the chicken salad:
1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425F. Place the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Rub some olive oil over the chicken and season all over with salt and pepper. Roast until the chicken is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. The skin does not need to brown; you just want the meat to cook through.

2. Set the chicken aside on the baking sheet until cool enough to handle. Shred the meat and discard the skin and bones. (You should have about 3 1/2 to 4 cups of shredded chicken.) Place in a large bowl, and drizzle the chicken with a bit of the juices from the pan just to keep it moist. Add the celery, red pepper, almonds, onion, and parsley.

Make the vinaigrette:
Place the vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and whisk to combine. While whisking continuously, pour in the olive oil until combined. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the chicken salad and toss to coat.

Make the sandwiches:
Place 6 slices of bread/buns on a work surface. Divide the chicken salad over the bread and spread into an even layer. Top each sandwich with 2 slices of bacon, then close the sandwiches with the remaining bread slices.

Or serve on a bed of lettuce.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6. Makes 5 1/2 to 6 cups
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
40 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
If you don't want to cook chicken breasts, substitute 3 1/2 to 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or use leftover chicken.

Sriracha mayo on the bread/bun adds a nice flavorful kick.

The chicken salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.




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