09.30.19

Pimento Chicken Salad

Growing up in the South, Pimento Cheese is a staple. Whether it be for a social gathering, or just for lunch– the delicious cheesy concoction was one of those dishes loved by all! My mom made the most simple and incredible Pimento Cheese dip. I really need to have her share her recipe on here. It’s certainly not a recipe that is “healthy” but hey, we all love a little cheese dip here and there, right?

Even though I do eat it, I try to not eat too much dairy mainly because it upsets my stomach a bit. I had a bunch of jarred pimentos in the pantry and some rotisserie chicken and I thought it would be fun to make a chicken salad version of my old cheesy favorite. It obviously DOES NOT tasted like pimento cheese dip, I mean… there is no cheese her for goodness sakes! haha, but it is a fun way to take some of the flavors from that beloved southern favorite and make a delicious chicken dip out of it. 

I also love that this is a great make ahead dish too. You can pre pack your lunch by serving it over some greens, or just serving it with crackers and veggies for dipping! Heck, you can even put it on some bread and have a pimento chicken salad sandwich! You do you!

Pimento Chicken Salad

Serves: 4 people
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked and finely shredded chicken (*see notes) (I use Rotisserie)
  • 4 tbsp mayo (I use Homemade)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 1 [4-ounce] jar diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 tbsp fresh jalapeno, seeded and very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt , or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper , or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Instructions

  • Place the finely shredded chicken (see notes below) in a large bowl with the remaining ingredients. Stir until very well combined.
  • Taste and add more salt or pepper, if desired.
  • I like to chill mine for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. Serve with fresh cut veggies, crackers, or on sandwiches! However you please! Enjoy!

Notes

[this recipe keeps well for 3-4 days in the fridge]
*To shred my chicken finely, I use a mixer (both the stand or hand mixer works): Begin by tearing apart the chicken a bit first with your hands, to make it easier for the beaters to get in there. Place the chicken into a deep mixing bowl and press the beaters into it. Turn the hand mixer on low speed, and let it do its thing until the chicken is fully shredded. If you don't have a mixer, don't worry. You can do shred the chicken finely with your hands, it just takes more time obviously.

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