Classic Carol Chicken Salad

Classic Carol Chicken Salad is my copycat or DIY version of the Chicken Salad Chick restaurant  flagship recipe.
Classic Carol Chicken Salad

Classic Carol Chicken Salad

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Classic Carol Chicken Salad is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Foodie Extravaganza.

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Classic Carol Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad Chicks Classic Carol

The idea for the  recipe comes from the restaurant chain Chicken Salad Chicks, which are spread across the Eastern half of the United States, mostly in the South. They  specialize in salads and sandwiches mostly made with a variety of chicken salad types, of which the Classic Carol  is the most basic.

Instant Pot  Prep

I adapted their recipe  to be made in the Instant Pot along with their “Secret Seasoning”  (which really is not much of a secret).

The  chicken I use is from the chicken tenderloin sold at Aldi, using half the  package. You can either double the recipe or save the rest to bake or fry up as chicken tenders or in a stir-fry.

Serving  Ideas for Chicken Salad

I put mine on  some croissants. Or you can  also serve it up on lettuce leaves.

The restaurant will put theirs on  lettuce and give you a dill pickle spear and a wrapped iced shortbread cookie (Yum!) I had some nicer small dills which were very crunchy and delish.

Classic Carol Chicken Salad

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Classic Carol Chicken Salad

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Classic Carol Chicken Salad

Classic Carol Chicken Salad

Classic Carol Chicken Salad

Sue Lau
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Pressure Release 10 mins
Course Main Course, Salads
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 4
Calories 528 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

Chicken:

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 tablespoon granulated chicken bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup water

Dressing:

  • 1 cup Duke's mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 rib celery, (finely grated)

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken tenders in Instant Pot with water, bouillon and ranch dressing mix.
  • Place the lid on the cooker and set to seal.
  • Cook at pressure on the high setting for ten minutes; use the quick release.
  • Remove chicken and drain; when cool enough to handle, shred the chicken.
  • Use a box grater to finely grate the celery or use a ginger grater. You should have 1/4 cup celery pulp.
  • Mix the chicken with the dressing ingredients and celery pulp, stirring to mix well.
  • Serve as a salad or in sandwiches.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 25gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 25gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1479mgPotassium: 449mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 93IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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7 responses

    • Franchises here really didn’t start becoming widespread until the past couple of years. You might see one before long.

    • You could try poaching the chicken in the liquid over low heat until it was cooked. But the pressure cooker does force some extra flavor into the meat. You could also steam without the extra flavor. Just avoid cooking it in a skillet as the browning will make the meat a different texture.

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