Dairy-Free Chicken Salad

Forgive me for this picture, no matter what I did I just couldn’t make this look good, but I promise it’s delicious! Have I ever let you down before? This is my mom’s recipe and it really hits the spot. My mouth is watering just writing this post 😉 This recipe makes about 4 servings/sandwiches.

6-8 chicken breast tenders, thawed

olive oil

2-3 stalks of celery

1/2 c. walnuts, toasted & chopped

1/2 c. halved grapes

3/4 c. mayo

1 tsp. mustard

1/4 tsp. sugar

salt & pepper to taste

1/4 c. coconut milk (sweetened or unsweetened)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and place chicken on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, spaced out. Brush both sides of all the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes and then flip and bake for an additional 10 minutes. The chicken is done when the center is no longer pink at all. I usually cook mine till the internal temperature is between 160 and 170 degrees, it cooks it completely without drying it out. While the chicken cooks chop the celery and add to a large mixing bowl. I usually cut my celery down the middle and then chop it, I don’t like the pieces to be too big. Cut the grapes in half (make sure you use a really sharp knife or they’ll just squish onto the cutting board) and add them to the bowl. Next add the mayo, mustard, sugar, and salt and pepper and mix together.

Once the chicken is done, let it cool and slice it into cubes. When I slice it, it usually falls apart and shreds, this is a good thing as you don’t want it to be super chunky. I freeze my walnuts to keep them fresh so I like to toast them before chopping them into the salad. I usually cook them for five minutes at 350 degrees. Once they cool, chop them and add them to the mixture. Add the coconut milk and mix to thin the mayo. If you aren’t allergic to dairy (like me) or you aren’t vegan, than feel free to add 1/4 c. milk or cream instead! This salad is best on lightly toasted bread with a little touch of mayo on the bread. These also make delicious lettuce wraps!

Enjoy and God bless!