This amazing Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe is the Leftover Makeover you’ve been waiting for. Take any leftover chicken and remake it into a delicious, hearty salad filled with grapes, apples, celery, and red onion. This is perfect for stuffing a rich croissant or having a lighter lunch with romaine lettuce hearts.
How to Use Leftover Chicken?
I really like to cook big. We are just a family of four, but I tend to cook like I’m feeding the whole neighborhood. It could be the caterer in me or the caterer in me was created by living with a huge Italian family in close proximity. Either way, I cook huge portions. This leaves leftovers. Some people, like my husband, have no problem eating the exact same thing day after day, but
I really need to re-purpose and re-imagine leftovers. I need to feel like I’m eating something new. Roasted chicken is really high on my list of preferred leftovers because I can do so many great things with it, and the transformation feels fresh. This Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe is great way to make leftover chicken fresh and exciting.
I shared my Roasted Chicken Recipe with you, and truthfully I didn’t just make one. I made two, and I highly recommend making two because what remains of the first chicken ends up being a pretty small chicken salad. So, if you have a large family, you can serve a great dinner, have lunch for the next day, and only handle chicken and clean up once.
Can I use a Rotisserie Chicken from the Grocery Store To Make this Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe?
A small reminder, that you can totally buy a roasted chicken from the supermarket to make this. I won’t judge, and have definitely done it. Do take a few things into account before doing that. Sometimes those chickens are really small. You may need to buy a spare. Also, stick to something seasoned with just herbs and try to avoid some of the more creative choices the store offers. Also, these tend to be saltier than what I make at home, so just forgo adding extra salt until after you mix up the Waldorf Chicken Salad and taste it.
Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe
- 5 Cupes Cooked Chicken Leftover Roasted Chicken or Rotisserie Chicken
- 1/2 Cup Red Grapes
- 1/2 Cup Celery
- 1/2 Cup Red Onion
- 1 Gala Apple
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Black Pepper
- Wash and chop all of your produce. Chop the apple,celery, and onion into a fine dice, and put them in a large mixing bowl. Wash grapes and cut in half (quarters if they are large grapes). Then add them to the mixing bowl.
- Prepare a large cutting board to pull apart roasted chicken. I'm sure there are neat and professional ways of doing this, but I just get in with my hands and pull it apart. Start with legs and thighs. These should lift away from the body and separate at the joint. Strip the meat and skin away. Then remove the breast meat. Finish by gleaning what you can from the back and the wings.
- Chop all of the meat up into 1/2" pieces. Leave the crispy skin as part of the mixture and double check for any cartilage, bone, or chewy skin. Add this to the mixing bowl.
- Add Mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper to the bowl, and stir everything together until it is evenly coated with mayonnaise. Place in the refrigerator to chill. Let the mixture sit for at least a half an hour so the flavors come together. If the chicken was still warm while mixing this, leave in the refrigerator until the chicken salad is cold all the way through.
- Serve with croissant, rolls, or your favorite sliced bread and some romaine hearts.
“Can’t make chicken salad out of a chicken noodle.” -Mike Ditka brainyquotes.com