- Feel better with chicken salad. Like chicken soup, this comfort food works wonders when you’re under the weather.
Chicken Salad Comfort Food
Chicken salad comfort food is good any day and any season of the year. I came up with the recipe when I had severe vertigo – in the spring.
Chicken salad sandwiches are quick and easy on a hot summer day. They go great with soup on a cold and wintry day. Chicken salad sandwiches are good to eat no matter what the weather is like.
Under the Weather
Feeling under the weather is a phrase started because of seasick passengers that headed under the deck of ships during stormy weather.
Vertigo is about like being seasick. Interestingly, mine started on a plane. And it lasted for three months. It was a crazy time of my life. Couldn’t drive. Couldn’t go out to eat or to church without having an episode which made me feel like the earth was turning me upside down and round and round in circles. So I stayed home ALL the time.
The beginning of vertigo happened on March 5th that year. The week of St. Patrick’s Day, I cooked a pot of garlic-seasoned chicken breasts. There was plenty for a week.
One of the recipes I came up with when I had vertigo was this St. Patrick’s Day Chicken Salad. It turned out so good that I saved the recipe for future use.
A Mother’s Comfort Food
What are your memories of chicken and comfort food made by your mom? My mother loved making chicken salad for sandwiches, and I think of her every time I make it.
Something about chicken salad or chicken soup suggests comfort. When I feel under the weather, it seems natural to cook a meal with chicken.
My mother once sent some hot creamed chicken soup and crackers with my brother for me. He had picked my daughter and me up at Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas. I was sick (not vertigo that time), and she believed chicken soup made everything better.
The trip to the airport was an hour and a half, but she had wrapped a towel around the bowl of soup and placed it on a tray to keep warm.
My mother passed away in 2008, but her chicken soup and chicken salad comfort food still makes me think of her and feel comforted.
- Garlic Seasoning
- Chicken Breasts
- Sweet Pickle Relish
- 1/3 Large Sweet Onion
- 3 Boiled Eggs
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Whole Grain Bread
- Season a package of chicken breasts with garlic seasoning of your choice (I used two garlic seasonings blended).
- Boil chicken ahead of time (about 40 minutes) and put in the fridge when cooled.
- The next day, take out one or two of the pre-cooked chicken breasts.
- Shred chicken and place in a bowl.
- Add about a cup of mayonnaise, a cup of pickle relish chopped eggs and chopped onion.
- Mix together.
- Serve with a large spoonful of chicken salad on one slice of bread.
- Put one or two large lettuce pieces on top of the salad, then spread another spoonful of chicken salad on another slice of bread.
- Put both slices together for a full sandwich, or serve open-faced style with an extra dollop of chicken salad on top of each piece of lettuce.
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Comfort a Friend with Chicken Salad
Know a friend who is going through a difficult time? Make the Garlic Chicken Salad recipe, and prepare a comfort food tray to bring over. Add a special cup and herbal tea bag on the tray for soothing.
Perhaps, make chicken soup to serve with it. Either make sandwiches, serve with crackers, or prepare with croissants. It’s all good.
Your comfort food will make someone feel better, and your thoughtfulness will forever be remembered.
Try these other recipes if you want some comfort food different than chicken soup or sandwiches.