This little chicken salad went to the market. This little chicken salad stayed home. This little chicken salad took a tour through Louisiana and ran off with some cheeky spicy remoulade sauce and who knows where they'll end up?
In my belly! Or your belly if you decide to make this Cajun twist on the classic chicken salad.
It's easy enough, you can basically prep the ingredients as the chicken is poaching. I love the spicy kick that the Cajun seasoning brings to the salad. It makes for great leftovers and works well on lettuce or in a sandwich. Enjoy!
Cajun Chicken Salad
While this recipe calls for poaching raw chicken breasts, you could easily just use leftover cooked chicken.
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp mustard
- 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste
Poach the chicken:
Set a 2-quart pot of well salted water over high heat. As the water heats to a boil, cut the chicken breasts into large (2 1/2-inch) chunks. When the water boils, add the chicken. Return to a simmer, then turn off the heat, and cover the pot. Let sit for 15 minutes (time it) or more while you prepare everything else.
Make the dressing, mix in the eggs and vegetables:
In a large bowl, mix the mayo, mustard, vinegar, paprika, Cajun seasoning and horseradish together. Mix in the eggs, celery, green pepper, green onion.
Dice chicken, mix with salad:
Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from the poaching water* and dice it. Mix it in with the remaining ingredients. Add salt and hot sauce to taste. Chill before serving.
Serve over butter lettuce or between two pieces of bread for a sandwich.
*The resulting poaching liquid is a light, salted chicken broth. You can save it and pour it into a cup and drink it as a light soup if you want.
Remoulade Sauce - here on Simply Recipes
Cajun Fried Chicken - from Leite's Culinaria