Chicken salad is a never-fail meal in our house. My kids and husband love it, and over the years, I’ve come up with more than a few ways to incorporate lots of fruits, veggies and even nuts into it. Whether we’re in need of a potluck recipe, party dish, or even weekday lunches, a quick and easy chicken salad that’s chock full of pasture-raised chicken, fresh apples, grapes, onions and crunchy walnuts is always a win.
Did I mention quick and easy?
Fruit and Walnut Chicken Salad Sliders
I decided to write this out as a slider recipe because the season of potlucks, barbecues and bridal showers is just around the corner, and deciding what to bring can be downright stressful. Make these easy sliders your signature dish, and I guarantee you’ll never have to wonder what to bring again. Set these little guys up on a platter–either open-faced, like I did, or with the top bun, too–and you won’t even need a serving utensil at your destination.
Just don’t forget the watercress. It’s everything.
- 4 small chicken breasts (approx. 3–4 oz each, or about 1 lb. chicken)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 small apples (or one large)
- 1 cup grapes
- ½ cup diced walnuts
- 1 cup mayonnaise, or to taste
- slider buns
- watercress, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake, covered, until cooked through and meat thermometer inserted in thickest part reaches 165 degrees.) Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Meanwhile, in a food processor, chop onion and apples. With a knife, slice grapes in halves or quarters.
- Once chicken has cooled, place in food processor and chop finely. Place chicken in a bowl with apples, onion, grapes, walnuts, mayonnaise and salt (in moderation) and pepper, to taste. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Scoop salad onto buns. Top with watercress. Leave open-faced, or top with top bun.
Add a dash of curry powder for a different twist.
Another important note about this particular chicken salad recipe: it’s forgiving. Take my recipe above, and make it your own. Add more of one thing, less of another. Make a double batch or cut it in half. You can even substitute your favorite salad dressing for the mayo if mayo’s not your thing. Some kids don’t like the walnuts, some might do better with a little more sweetness (Coconut? Mandarin oranges? Sweet onions instead of yellow?)
If you’re a true bread head, go ahead and put that top bun on. I won’t tell anyone. Plus, they travel well that way and are superbly grabbable at a potluck.
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