I’m bringing this recipe for Wild Rice Chicken Salad out of retirement because I made this tonight and each one of my boys said at different times, “Mom, this is GREAT!!!! Why don’t you make this more often!” So I decided that I NEED to make this more often…and maybe you do too!
It’s the Friday before Christmas. Can life be busier than this? Theoretically, yes, but functionally, this is about as busy as it gets. I also know that we’re heading into some days of very heavy, rich eating. I don’t want to compound those calorie issues during these days leading up to the holidays, so I’ve been looking for something light but really nutritious to serve my family.
My friend, Shannon, wife of the Bald Guy at Bald Guy Brew International, came to my rescue and shared this recipe with me and I loved it! I had to restrain myself from eating WAY too much of this tasty chicken salad!
Wild Rice Chicken Salad
- 1 (4oz.) pkg. wild rice
- 2-3 c. cooked, diced chicken breast (2010 note: I had so little time so I BOUGHT a rotisserie chicken at the market and used the meat from that. PERFECT!)
- 1/4 c.p green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 c. red seedless grapes, halved
- 3/4 c. light mayo
- 1 t. white vinegar
- 1 t. sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 oz. slivered almonds (2010 note: I only had whole almonds, which I chopped coarsely and we were good to go.)
Cook rice according to package directions and allow to cool. Whisk
together the mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir in the
rice, chicken, onion, and grapes. Mix well and refrigerate for at
least one hour. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium-high
heat until golden brown. Sprinkle salad with almonds before
serving. I’ll double this for my family that includes 5 hearty male eaters.
Some variations to consider: this recipe also works well with chunks of turkey. I will definitely be making this with plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise. This will change the flavor a little, but we love plain yogurt and it will be a good twist for our family. Substituting sunflower seeds for the almonds will spin this salad yet another direction.
Serve on buns, sourdough, or croissants. For those avoiding carbs, this can be served on a bed of lettuce too.
For my vegetarian friends, this salad could handle firm tofu or more nuts instead of the chicken.
Check out the Bald Guy Brew page for any belated Christmas shopping you need to do. The Bald Guy roasts coffee with an artist’s touch and we like the result.