"For I was hungry & you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty & you gave me something to drink..."

Matthew 25:35

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Napa Chicken Salad

i have a slight obsession with the current Napa chicken salad sandwich from Panera Bread.
chicken, special sauce, grapes, almonds- oy!
i searched in vain for a recipe but alas- i had to come up with my own.

i got as close as i could- i simply cannot figure out their super secret sauce.
i kind of eyeballed everything- but the below is my best guess at the amounts used.

Napa Chicken Salad

2 cups cooked chicken (shredded or cubed- i roasted a chicken the day before)
1/2 heavy cup of mayo
1 heavy spoonful of Miracle Whip (i love me the whip- but you can skip it)
3 tblsp of honey
3 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup halved grapes
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup slivered/sliced almonds
1 tsp poppy seeds
salt & pepper to taste
tomato slices
good hearty bread slices


In a large bowl- whisk/stir together the mayo, MW, honey, vinegar, poppy seeds, salt & pepper.

chop the chicken/fruits/veggies/nuts (i used already slivered almonds. makes life easier)
i like my celery tiny & my grapes halved. my chicken is mostly shredded with a few chunks here & there.

toss the chicken into the mayo mix & stir it up- then tthrow in the rest & stir/fold it all together.

gently now- you don't want to smash the grapes!

Serve it over lettuce & tomato sliced on a nice hearty bread.


p.s. you can adjust the mayo amount. initially my salad was a bit dry which i why i added the scoop of Miracle Whip. go with what you like!

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hello...Like you I LOVE this chicken salad as well and I was wondering what was in their special sauce as well. So I actually called a Panera claiming to have a food allergy hoping they would tell me the ingredients, which they did! I'm not the greatest cook unless I am following a recipe but if I give you the ingredients and you can get something close to the dressing, please share with me!!
-soybean oil
-cider vinegar
-rosemary extract
-egg yolk
-distilled vinegar
-mustard oil
-salt and pepper to taste

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