Editor’s Note (January 14, 2020): Updated text. Added a new photo.
Homemade Chicken Salad is easy to make with a few simple ingredients.
DISCLOSURE: I added some delicious sweet salad cubes provided by Mt. Olive Pickles.
A generous scoop of homemade chicken salad spread on toasted wheat bread, topped with Ritz crackers, makes a nice presentation and a delicious sandwich.
White Meat vs. Dark Meat Chicken
White meat, found in the breasts and wings, contains about 10% red fibers. This part of the chicken is lean and mild in flavor, and dries out easily if overcooked.
Dark meat chicken contains around 50% red fibers and is found in chicken legs, which are more flavorful and juicy, and can be cooked longer.
Mt. Olive Sweet Salad Cubes add color and delicious flavor. The salad cubes are cut larger and are crunchier than sweet relish.
What’s the difference between sweet relish and sweet salad cubes?
Relish and sweet salad cubes are condiments made with diced cucumbers, diced red bell peppers and other ingredients.
However, their textures are different. Sweet relish is smooth. Salad cubes are made with a larger cut than relish, giving them a crunchier texture.
I was delighted to receive several complimentary jars of pickles from the company. This mention is with great pleasure because I love their sweet salad cubes!
What’s the difference between mayonnaise and Miracle Whip?
Mayonnaise is a delicious combination of fat and water held in suspension by an egg. The egg works like a magnet, bonding the fat from the oil and the liquid from the vinegar (or lemon juice). Unlike salad dressings that separate, the egg makes mayonnaise emulsified, giving it a thick, solid and spreadable consistency.
There are some rules, though. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), anything labeled as “mayonnaise” must contain 65% vegetable oil by weight.
What is Miracle Whip?
This brand name of mayonnaise is a completely different product.
Miracle Whip is sweeter and spicier than mayo, which some individuals prefer. It’s sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup and contains more sugar than most brands of mayonnaise.
When it comes to nutrition, Miracle Whip contains about half the fat and calories as compared to mayonnaise. Perfect for anyone who counts calories.
Excellent served with crispy Ritz crackers
A bowl of homemade chicken salad served with crispy Ritz crackers is fabu-licious
Enjoy the recipe!