Chopped Chicken Salad

by Rachel on June 1, 2010

What recipes has your child invented?

This is entirely the invention of my 8 year-old chef son.  He was at home sick with a head cold.  I was making potatoes and cookies (yes, I know, carbohydrate hell) and my son wanted to get in on the action.  I planned to make a salad, and I was ready to make chicken.  My son had other plans.  He wanted to invent a new dish.  He proceeded to direct me to chop the things you see below.  I helped with quantities and gave minor instruction on how to sauté the onions and then the chicken breast.  The end result is a tasty chopped salad, high on flavor, low on carbs.  It has a nice crunch, and I like the addition of the green olives.

Chopped Chicken Salad (4 small servings)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 large boneless chicken breast (3/4 lb)
  • 2 tablespoons of chives,
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, peeled and finely diced
  • ½ cup crimini mushrooms, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup pitted green olives, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter and olive oil in a large sauté pan.  Add onions and sauté them for five minutes on medium heat.  Add the chicken breast and brown it until it is cooked through.  Remove chicken from the pan and finely chop it.  Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Taste for salt.  When ready to serve, toss with a mild vinaigrette.  We used the Everyday Salad Dressing from this blog.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Alejandra June 1, 2010 at 7:50 am

this actually sounds really delicious and like something I’d love to try!! I think you may have a future expert food blogger on your hands! :)

Erika - In Erika's Kitchen June 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Looks delicious. Bravo chef Jonah!

Tall Amy June 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

Wow Jonah – looks yummy – good job!!!!

Rachel June 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Thanks Amy!! Hope to see you soon.

Rachel June 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Jonah and Emery should make dinner for us as a team!

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