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Autumn Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Almonds and Apples

Autumn Chicken Salad with Apples and Almonds | Aggie's Kitchen #thinkfisher

This post is sponsored by Fisher Nuts.

Well friends, I’ve jumped on the rotisserie chicken bandwagon, if there is even such a thing. I have never been a big purchaser of rotisserie chicken, only because I’ve always been too lazy to deal with all the bones and such, but I guess you can say my perspective has changed. Having a freshly precooked chicken available to me is definitely convenient and a huge time saver. The last few weeks I’ve been picking up a chilled rotisserie from the deli and making chicken salad with it. Lots of chicken salad. It’s been nice…real nice. A great change up in the sandwich category in our house. 🙂

Autumn Chicken Salad with Apples and Almonds | Aggie's Kitchen #thinkfisher

I’m excited to share today’s recipe with you because it’s the first of several recipes that I will be working on with Fisher Nuts. You may recall I worked with Fisher Nuts last year and shared this Autumn Spinach Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette, these Gingerbread Spiced Nuts, and this Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola with you all. Nuts are a staple in my kitchen so it’s a no brainer when it comes to developing recipes featuring them. Fisher Nuts are preservative free and can pretty much be found everywhere. Follow the hashtag #ThinkFisher on social media for more recipes!

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Autumn Chicken Salad with Apples and Almonds | Aggie's Kitchen #thinkfisher

This salad was inspired by a chicken salad I used to always buy at my local grocery store deli that was made with tarragon and sliced almonds. I was obsessed with this chicken salad for years and lived off of it back in my post college days. I would purchase a container of it along with some fresh crusty bread and wine and that would be my dinner in front of the television after a long day at work. I’m happy that I’m finally making my own version of it, even if it is 15+ years later….better late than never! I added some extra crunch and seasonal flavor by including chopped Granny Smith apples to the salad. I love apples in the fall, especially in salads.

This rotisserie chicken salad recipe is perfect to serve while watching an afternoon football game this fall. It’s light and can be made ahead which is always a good thing. Prepare your chicken salad ahead of time then just assemble into sandwiches using small crusty mulitgrain rolls from the bakery and some fresh arugula. Or you can always turn it into a light weeknight dinner during the busy school year.

Of course it would be great in lunch boxes too. 🙂

Enjoy the recipe and hope everyone is having a great week!

Autumn Chicken Salad with Apples and Almonds | Aggie's Kitchen #thinkfisher

 

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Autumn Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Almonds and Apples

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (or cooked chicken breast)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Fisher's Sliced Almonds, slightly crushed
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons light mayo
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt (or salt to taste)
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries, optional

Directions:

  1. Place chicken, celery, apple and almonds in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, mayo, tarragon, onion powder, salt and pepper. Pour yogurt and mayo mixture into chicken mixture and combine.
  2. Serve immediately at room temperature or chilled.

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26 Responses to “Autumn Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Almonds and Apples”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted September 10, 2014 at 7:03 am

    We buy at least one or two chickens a week! My husband takes spinach and chicken salads to work and I love adding the chicken to soups. It’s apple season here so this chicken salad sounds perfect! Btw you’re going to meet Alex?!!?? So awesome!!!!!!! I would die to meet her one day!!! I expect stories!

  2. Erica posted September 10, 2014 at 7:56 am

    LOVE the resealable bags! I will definitely be looking for those. This salads sounds fantastic. Very fall appropriate too 🙂

  3. Ali | Gimme Some Oven posted September 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

    This sounds like the perfect seasonal recipe. I love it!!

  4. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy posted September 10, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I love making salads with rotisserie chickens!! Actually I love doing anything with rotisserie chicken. It’s so easy. I have at least two rotisserie chicken salads on my blog and I like 4504930904 more in the pipeline. This looks amazing.

  5. JulieD posted September 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I know exactly what grocery store chicken salad you’re talking about and this made me think of it immediately (even before I read your words!). I have to make this soon!!!

  6. Gaby posted September 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I need this right now!

  7. Liz posted September 14, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I love this recipe. Thank you.

  8. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes posted September 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Rotisserie chickens are a mom’s best friend! This chicken salad looks wonderful. I could see myself being tempted to snack on it all day long!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      it really isa mom’s best friend!! And I did snack on it often 🙂

  9. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted September 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    This chicken salad is seriously to die for, Aggie. I’m all about roti chickens and use them to make chicken salad and all kinds of other things. I’m Pinning and making this one soon 🙂

  10. Donna @ NothingChocolate posted September 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Congratulations on being sponsored and compensated for your hard work! Only 2 tablespoons of mayo and loaded with flavors and textures — nice way to go!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks so much! I love cutting back on the mayo with a little Greek yogurt. 🙂

  11. Maria posted September 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I know exactly the grocery store chicken salad you are talking about. I can’t get it in my home state, but it’s one of the first things I crave when I am in Florida. Can’t wait to try this at home!

  12. Karen Goodman posted September 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    When I went looking for recipes for today’s apple recipe roundup, your recipe just jumped out as having to be on the list. I can’t wait to try it myself!

    You can see it here. Hope you get a bunch of traffic and pins from the post.
    futureexpat.com/2014/09/15-apple-recipes-not-dessert/

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

      thank you!!

  13. Deborah K posted October 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

    made this over the weekend. Turned out great. Only thing is it’s best to chop the apple in smaller chunks, so that it doesn’t dominate the dish.

  14. Ali posted October 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I want to make this and have it for lunches all week. Will it hold u for 5 days in fridge?

    • Aggies Kitchen posted October 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

      It kept for me for 3 or 4 days in the fridge. I think it will all depend on how fresh your rotisserie chicken is really! It was great for easy lunches for a few days.

  15. Samantha Cates posted October 22, 2014 at 8:45 am

    This is my first comment on a recipe but I felt it deserved my time. This was soooooo yummy. I made it for a get together and it was a hit!!!! I did make a little more of the sauce because I felt it needed it, it would have been too dry. You won’t be sorry you made this. 😉

    • Aggies Kitchen posted October 22, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Thank you!!! 🙂

  16. Eveline posted March 4, 2015 at 5:49 am

    I’m so curious now! I can’t think of how it will taste with the apple and cranberries, but I really want to try this!

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