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Old 01-19-2014, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Perfected Smoked Chicken Salad (w/pics)

Have you ever tweaked a recipe over and over again until you get it just right? I guess after about 10 different tweaks, I'm finally STOKED with my smoked chicken salad...



I started out with a 4 pound chicken and brined it...



After the brine, I rinsed and patted it dry... rubbed on a little oil and then seasoned...



Tossed it on the kamado joe and cooked at 300°...



While the chicken was cooking, I mixed up the dressing:

1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp Mayo (or mix of low fat mayo / fat free sour cream)
2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
2 Tbsp minced green onion or shallots
1 stalk of finely diced celery
2 tsp salt
2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

If you like nuts/fruit in your chicken salad, feel free to add a half cup of chopped nuts and a half cup of chopped fruit of your choice :)



When I hit 165 in the breast, I pulled it off, tented it with foil and let it rest for quite a while...



I pulled all the chicken meat off the bone and roughly chopped it...



Then added it to the dressing, mixed it all up, and let it chill for a while....



And then made the best grilled chicken salad panini I had EVER had. PERIOD.


Here's a video of the process if interested...

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:37 PM   #2
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Good lookin sammie John!

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Old 01-20-2014, 01:52 AM   #3
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Great looking bird. Chicken salad is my absolute favorite sandwich, so I can't think of a better way to use it.
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that looks awesome!
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:40 AM   #5
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I love chicken salad.Looks great. Thanks so much for the recipe and pics.
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Man, that sammy looks good! Nice....tweaking.
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Good looking sandwich .Eat Mo Chickin .
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Looks tasty! I love chicken salad, but I always add grapes cut in half.
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Looks great! It seems to me like a salad brings out the smoke flavor in poultry which can be subtle when it first comes off the grill. I need to go the extra step and try grilling mine next time.
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Awesome sammich. I love smoked chicken salad
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Looks tasty! I love chicken salad, but I always add grapes cut in half.
Lots of people do. That's why I included the note about nuts and fruit in the ingredients list. My mom likes sliced almonds and quartered grapes in hers.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:21 AM   #12
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Looks awesome!
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:45 PM   #13
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thanks for this JM!!

just made it for the second time

I just throw a chicken on the smoker when I have room and use that for it.

comes out great!!
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Oh Man that looks good! Thanks for posting the recipe.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:58 PM   #15
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I love chicken salad. This one looks like a keeper.
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