Chicken Salad

    56 minutes

    This chicken salad is a meal in itself. Mayonnaise and buttermilk lend a lovely flavour that matches well with the grapes and cashews.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
    • 1/4 cup minced spring onions
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 500g skinless, boneless chicken breasts
    • 1 cup dry white wine
    • 1 sprig fresh dill
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 1/2 cups seedless grapes
    • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
    • 8 leaves red leaf lettuce - rinsed
    • 1/2 cup chopped salted cashews
    • 5 sprigs fresh dill, for garnish

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:11min  ›  Extra time:20min marinating  ›  Ready in:56min 

    1. TO MAKE DRESSING: Whisk the mayonnaise, spring onions, buttermilk, dill and ground black pepper in a small bowl to blend (can be made 1 day ahead). Cover and chill.
    2. TO MAKE SALAD: Arrange the chicken in a heavy, medium size frypan. Add the wine, dill and ground black pepper. Season with salt. If necessary, add water to cover the chicken. Simmer over medium low heat until chicken is just cooked through, turning once (about 11 minutes). Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool.
    3. Cut chicken into 1 cm pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add the grapes and the celery and mix in the dressing to thoroughly coat the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to develop the flavours. (Can be prepared up to 3 hours ahead).
    4. Arrange the lettuce leaves on plates, mound on the salad and sprinkle with nuts. Garnish with fresh dill and serve.

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    The chicken is beautifully tender, the overall taste is dill (I could not taste the buttermilk). I found it a little too "mayonnaisey", next time I will use half mayonnaise and half sour cream. My husband loved it.  -  27 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Yumm! Similar to a Southern Living recipe that I lost. I used pecans instead of cashews for a real southern touch!  -  11 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I did as another rater suggested and used half of the mayonnaise called for and used sour cream to substitute for the other half of the mayonnaise. The result was a rich, but lighter taste. Great served on a croissant!!  -  10 Jan 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)