If it’s roasted, you might as well

make some roast chicken salad!

There are so many variations for this classic salad, but my favorite is from H-E-B, one of the largest grocery stores in Texas. The first time I tried theirs, I was hooked. It is pretty simple really, but the chicken is incredibly tasty because they use rotisserie chicken meat. To that they just add some celery and a bit of hot sauce to spice things up.

Since I had some leftover roasted chicken, I went ahead and used the leftovers to make a similar salad to HEB’s. I added some spice with roasted poblanos and Piment d’Espellete, but you can add or omit at will.

Roasted Chicken Salad
Makes about 4 cups

1/3 cp celery, finely chopped
1/3 cp roasted poblano pepper, finely chopped
Finely chopped Italian parsley
1/2 cp mayo (use the real thing)
1/4 cp sour cream
1/2 tsp Piment d’Espellete or cayenne pepper
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cps chicken meat, roasted and cubed

Combine the first 6 ingredients until well incorporated. Taste it and adjust the salt & pepper as necessary.

Mix in the chicken.

And…, see if you can keep your fork out of it long enough to serve it.

Go on. Serve.

Cookingly yours,
Anamaris

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12 thoughts on “If it’s roasted, you might as well

  1. jay-lo says:

    You know I LUV HEB chicken salad!! This is definitely going in my recipe collection! I always wanted to know how they made theirs…now I know. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Why didn’t I think of this! I let my chicken go a day or two too long… but the doggins are benefiting from it. Next time…

  3. cathincolor says:

    Okay…I’m from Minnesota so throw me a bone here. What does H-E-B stand for? Can’t wait to try this salad. I love the idea of Poblano peppers in it. My husband & I have found out this summer that we enjoy these more than a jalepeno.

    • LOL – OK Cath, here’s your bone. H-E-B stands for Howard E. Butt, the owner or founder of the TX chain. But they’re officially called H-E-B. Glad you discovered poblanos, jalapenos are banned from the Price household. This is poblano or serrano territory.

  4. cathincolor says:

    Have you ever heard of a “ghost pepper”? My brother grows them. Apparently they are 100 times hotter than a jalapeno. The hottest pepper in the world. Whew!! too hot for me.

    • Cath, I had not heard of them before you mentioned them. Then, I was watching the Cooking channel this weekend and they mentioned them there too. Spooky! They’re from India, I believe, and superDOOPAHhot!

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