Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

I always have some chicken left over from my roast, and being a fan of chicken salad, I searched far and wide for a recipe that I liked.  I don’t like an overload of flavors, and I like only a small amount of mayonnaise on the salad. I made a few modifications to this recipe to create a simple and fresh chicken salad that can be eaten any time.

Ingredients

3 c. Diced Chicken

1 stalk Celery, minced

1/2 c. Sweet Onion, minced

1/2 tsp. dried Dill

1/4 tsp. dried Tarragon

2 Tb. chopped fresh Parsley

3/4 c. Mayonnaise

2 tsp. fresh Lemon juice

1 tsp. Dijon Mustard

1 1/2 tsp. Salt

Pepper

Method

Mix the Chicken, Celery, Onion, dried herbs, Parsley, Salt, and Pepper in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix the Mayonnaise, Lemon juice, and Dijon Mustard.  Add to Chicken 1/4 c. at a time, until it is just coated (may have some leftover…or you can use it all and add more!).

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy Chicken Stock

I’ve been roasting whole chickens for quite some time now, but never saved the bones for making stock because I thought it was too hard or time consuming. I must say I was completely wrong.  I keep the bones frozen until I have enough to do the stock, and make a large batch when I’m ready. I also freeze parsley stems, leeks, and other veggie scraps to throw in the stock as well. You don’t even have to thaw the bones and scraps…just throw them all in the pot and cover with water.  No salt is added to the stock.  You wait until you are ready to use it in a recipe, then add the salt as needed.

This stock is absolutely amazing.  Never again will I use a store bought stock!

Ingredients

Leftover bones from 2 Roasted Chickens

2 Imported Bay Leaves

Handful of Parsley Stems

1 Large Onion, Chopped

2 Large Carrots, Peeled and Chopped

2 Stalks Celery, Chopped

1 Tb. Dried Tarragon

Spring/Mineral/Distilled Water

Method

Place all ingredients in a stock pot (excluding the water).

Stock Ingredients

Fill stock pot with water, covering all ingredients by one inch of water.

Bring to a boil.

Skim any thick matter that floats to the top, and reduce heat to simmer.

Cover askew, and simmer for one hour.

Use a slotted spoon to remove large bones, then pour stock into colander over large bowl.

Stock Colander

Pour stock back into pot through a small sieve or cheesecloth.

Stock Sieve

Let cool in refrigerator uncovered (covering will cause the fat to go rancid).

Skim off any fat.

I keep most of the stock in pre-measured bowls in the freezer so I can use as needed.

Stored Stock

Note: You may also use turkey bones.  I have some from a 13 lb. turkey frozen and ready for stock!