Our Nana is known for her homemade Italian dinners, but something we don’t talk about enough are the lunches she serves when we come to visit. To her, they probably seem commonplace, however to us, they’re anything but. Whether she’s serving cold cut sandwiches or a homemade dish, lunch is always a full spread. Our favorite part is she typically serves lunch family-style where we find ourselves passing dishes and helping one another fill our plates. The physical interaction sparks the personal connection we always feel while we’re seated at Nana’s table, and this year we want to pass along one of her famous lunch recipes – her chicken salad recipe!
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The Secret to Serving this Recipe
There are two secrets to serving Nana’s Chicken Salad. First, if you have time, prepare this recipe a day in advance to allow the flavors of each ingredient to blend together. You will be grateful for the extra time to enjoy a delicious recipe with loved ones.
Second, don’t skip out on the relish and squeeze of lemon juice! The acidity of both ingredients will cut through the fatty mayo, adding a bit of zest to what may otherwise be something quite simple.
How to Serve Nana’s Chicken Salad Recipe
There are also two ways we like to serve Nana’s Chicken Salad recipe. For a ready-to-serve meal, we like to prepare the sandwiches in advance and display them on a decorative platter to tie in the tablescape design. The prepared sandwiches can be stacked upon each other for a full and layered effect that adds height to your overall design.
For a self-service meal, you can plate the prepared chicken salad in a decorative bowl with a spoon and set a platter with different types of breads and croissants to allow your guests to prepare their own sandwiches. And if you’re serving a mixed greens, this allows guests to top their salad with the chicken salad if they want to skip the bread.
The Perfect Pairings
Chicken salad can be served several ways, including as a sandwich, on its own, or over a salad. It also pairs well with various dishes and platters commonly served at lunch. Here are some of our favorite pairings!
- Mimi’s Egg Salad
- Mimi’s Tuna Salad
- Classic white bread
- Plain or flavored croissants
- Toasted or untoasted bagel
- Pita Bread
- Lettuce Wrap
- Tortilla Chips
- Green salad
- Fruit platter
- Cheese platter
- Vegetable platter
- Dill pickles
- Macaroni salad
- Fruit salad
How to Make Nana’s Chicken Salad Recipe
What You’ll Need
To create this simple recipe, you’ll need the following:
How to Prepare:
Then, in a mixing bowl, combine the chicken and sweet relish. Gradually mix in the mayonnaise to the taste and consistency of your liking.
Nana’s Chicken Salad Recipe
- Hand mixer or forks
- Chef's knife
- measuring cups
- Mixing bowl
- 1 rotisserie chicken, cooked and shredded
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- lemon juice, to taste
- 1/4 cup sweet relish
- Using a hand mixer on the slowest speed or two forks to pull apart, shred the rotisserie chicken.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken and sweet relish. Gradually mix in the mayonnaise to taste.