Crunchy Chicken Salad

Crunchy Chicken Salad – seriously the best chicken salad EVER! SO different, but crazy good! Chicken, broccoli slaw, red apple, sunflower kernels, dried cranberries, green onions, red bell pepper, slivered almonds, ramen noodles, tossed in vegetable oil, vinegar, sugar and ramen seasoning. Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes a ton – great for a party!

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When I told Chicken Legs about this Crunchy Chicken Salad recipe to say that he was less than thrilled would be an understatement. He said it was weird and didn’t want to eat it. I just ignored him and made it anyway. Once I had everything mixed together, I had him come over for a quick sample. He reluctantly took a bite and said “That is really good!”. LOL!

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How to Make Crunchy Chicken Salad

This is super easy to make. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli slaw, apple, sunflower kernels, dried cranberries, green onions, bell pepper, almonds and cooked chicken. Whisk together the contents of the ramen seasoning packets, oil, vinegar and sugar.  Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Crush the uncooked ramen noodles and add to salad just before serving.

  • The base of this salad is a bag of broccoli slaw. This was my first time using broccoli slaw, and I loved it! I found the broccoli slaw in the produce section near the other types of slaw. I couldn’t find it at my grocery store, but Target carried the slaw in their produce section.
  • This recipe uses almonds and sunflower kernels. I bought both of the nuts at Trader Joe’s. Nuts are SO stinkin’ expensive at my grocery store! They charge over $6 for a teeny tiny bag. Nope! The almonds and sunflower kernels are very reasonably priced at Trader Joe’s. They are also pretty well priced at Fresh Market or Whole Foods.
  • I used a rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this salad. Here is our recipe for Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken: https://www.plainchicken.com/slow-cooker-rotisserie-chicken/
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What to Serve with Chicken Salad

This recipe makes a lot. It is perfect for a crowd. I think this would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower or even tailgating this fall. It also keeps well in the fridge for several days. I actually like to make a batch and divide it into plastic containers for an easy lunch all week.

This chicken salad is a meal in itself. We usually just serve it with some fruit, a roll, and maybe some pasta salad. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this salad:

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Crunchy Chicken Salad

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Crunchy Chicken Salad – seriously the best chicken salad EVER! SO different, but crazy good! Chicken, broccoli slaw, red apple, sunflower kernels, dried cranberries, green onions, red bell pepper, slivered almonds, ramen noodles, tossed in vegetable oil, vinegar, sugar, and ramen seasoning. Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes a ton – great for a party!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (3-oz) packages chicken-flavor ramen noodles
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 (12-oz) package broccoli slaw
  • 1 Red Delicious apple, cored and diced
  • 1 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, deboned and chopped

Instructions:

  • Whisk together the contents of the ramen seasoning packets, oil, vinegar and sugar. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the broccoli slaw, apple, sunflower kernels, dried cranberries, green onions, bell pepper, almonds and chicken. Add the dressing, toss to coat.
  • Crush the uncooked ramen noodles and add to salad just before serving. Toss to coat.

Notes:

  • The base of this salad is a bag of broccoli slaw. This was my first time using broccoli slaw, and I loved it! I found the broccoli slaw in the produce section near the other types of slaw. I couldn’t find it at my grocery store, but Target carried the slaw in their produce section.
  • This recipe uses almonds and sunflower kernels. I bought both of the nuts at Trader Joe’s. Nuts are SO stinkin’ expensive at my grocery store! They charge over $6 for a teeny tiny bag. Nope! The almonds and sunflower kernels are very reasonably priced at Trader Joe’s. They are also pretty well priced at Fresh Market or Whole Foods.
  • I used a rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this salad. Here is our recipe for Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken: https://www.plainchicken.com/slow-cooker-rotisserie-chicken/

Steph

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  1. This was delicious. I did make a few modifications to the dressing: eliminated the seasoning packets from the ramen noodles and substituted 1 tsp of sesame oil; reduced the oil from 3\4 to 1\2 cup.

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