Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

If you are like me the basil is at it's peak and
just screaming to be used in so many recipes!

This wonderfully refreshing chicken salad
is perfect for using that basil in.

Basil has to be one of my favorites.  Wish it could winter over
but last year I did cut a sprig off and put it in a cup of
water.  It sprouted and we had fresh basil in the kitchen
until Christmas.

The flavors of lemon and basil are wonderful together

and everything is accentuated by the punch of 
toasted almonds.  I ate way too much of this!

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

3 C. cubed grilled chicken
3/4 C. mayonaise
1/4 C. sour cream
1/2 C. fresh basil (measure without cutting up the leaves)
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1/2 C. toasted slivered almonds

Place the mayo, sour cream, fresh basil and lemon juice
in the bowl of your food processor and pulse until the
basil is finely minced.  Place that in a large bowl and
stir in the cubed chicken, celery, toasted almonds and 
salt.  Stir to blend.  Cover and refrigerate for at least
an hour for flavors to blend.  

Serve as is or on croissants for a sandwich.
This was so yummy as it is, that I couldn't
do anything but eat it with a fork and I
am going to have to make it again soon
while the basil is here!

I do like that in our market you can buy fresh basil in a little
potted plant during the winter months, but try this out
now when you have your own basil.


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  1. Oh, this is a keeper, J!! Thanks so much. I think I'll try to take a cutting of my basil, too.


  2. Sounds lovely..I love chicken salads..and basil:-)

  3. What a delicious-looking dish! I just had a call from Caro at work, to bring up the jar of pesto in our fridge and put it in hers---she's got the makings of one of her FAMOUS Muffalettas, and will put it together in the middle of the night when she gets home. It will be all pressed and ready for tomorrow.

    That will have to satisfy the craving for a basilish taste til I can get some more fresh.

    Shiny basil, lush in a great pot outside the kitchen door, is one of the nicest bouquets there is.


  4. Oh, yum! I'll make this one for the weekend. '-)

  5. Looks and sounds great! We have some basil in our garden, so I will definitely put some in water.
    Thanks for the tip. Enjoy your week. xo Linda

  6. Jacqueline, this looks and sounds delicious. I love good chicken salad, and I will definitely try this.

  7. i love this salad, i make a version of this with red onion and grapes sometimes tossed in. i like your addition of sour cream, will have to give this a go, its truly addicting flavor combos!

  8. Oh my, my...
    Now this is just to fab. I do want to eat this I love lemon basil. Thank you for inviting me over... you see I came back...LOL.
    I also came to say...although I would love to take the credit for the sewing machine drawers, because they are so gorgeous...They are not mine. They belong to my partner in crime...Edie Marie. She and I share this blog and when I don't post she does. Or sometimes together. I love to visit people like you so that is what I do a lot of. You have a gorgeous blog and I love it here.
    May God Bless you,
    Marie Antoinette

  9. This sounds fab. I do love basil, but I must have done something wrong this year. Mine is woody and dry. Can you make me some of this? Joni

  10. Yumm. I make Tarragon Chicken salad but never even thought to add basil to my chicken.


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