Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chicken Salad While Dreaming of Tomato Soup

Plans for an end (well, almost) of summer tomato soup were thwarted by the highest temperature on record since 1983.  That's what the weatherman said.  It was a day with no escaping a number of errands that had to be run.  In and out of a hot car was draining.  Even in air-conditioned comfort, I couldn't face the stove.  I stood in front of the refrigerator pondering what to make and spied just enough chicken left to make a salad.  Thank goodness for rotisserie chicken!!  It all came together in no time.  I popped it in the refrigerator and popped myself into a comfortable chair near an ac vent with my book.  

Today should be cooler.

Chicken Salad with Apricots inspired by our refrigerator

3 cups of cooked chicken in bite-sized pieces
8, or so, dried apricots, diced
1 large rib of celery, diced
1 Tbsp dried onion flakes
Enough mayonnaise to moisten and hold together

 Mix and refrigerate for at least two hours.



  1. Yes, it is too hot to face the stove or oven here, too!! I do love a good chicken salad and do one very similar to yours but add a dose of curry powder. Hope you enjoy a cooler day, Bonnie! blessings ~ tanna

  2. delish and so is the chair in front of the AC vent with a book, make mine kindle...

  3. Looks and sounds delicious. I love chicken's one of my most favorite foods ever.

    I recently discovered a new little restaurant, and she makes the best chicken salad I've ever tasted. She uses cinnamon and maybe some other spices, tiny bits of apple, and only a very small amount of mayo. It's the cinnamon that makes it so special. If that sounds interesting to you, I have no doubt you could come up with a recipe of your own.

    We're still hot here too, though since we don't have humidity, it's not as uncomfortable as your heat.

    Have a lovely day,

  4. Chicken salad is one of my faves.. sometimes sliced almonds..poultry seasoning..or Mago chutney..all mixtures..are usually so good..

  5. I'm always looking for a new chicken salad recipe. Your addition of dried apricots sounds wonderful.I'll have to try it.

  6. And it's still hot today, but not quite as bad as yesterday. And then Friday's forecast---high of 64! A/c one day, heat the next! Your salad is perfect for these hot days. I've never had chicken salad with apricots, sounds good!

  7. I love that your salad was inspired by the fridge! It is somewhat cooler today . . but I'm glad that we didn't have to do the fence repair today that we did yesterday in that heat!!!

  8. I saw this on FB and came over and it gave me our dinner menu for tonight. Thanks! Hot here. I have little tolerance, it is this way ever September as mentally we expect it to be cooler, but for the SE it never is. And summer was not bad. But this is, Ouch!

  9. I too am dreaming of FALL --and soups! I also love a big pot of pinto beans in Fall.. BUT--it's hotter than hot here this week, so I'll enjoy your chicken salad. Bet it's good with apricots in it... YUM.

  10. Yum! We're back to hot weather, too! No soup just yet! Chicken salad is perfect! :)

  11. That looks delicious! I have never made it with apricot though. It has been terribly hot here too. But today, I have the windows open and air off!
    Thank you for your kind comments regarding my Nana's passing. She was truly a wonderful woman! She will be so missed!!
    xo Kris

  12. I LOVE chicken salad and this looks SOOOO good!!

  13. I've tried apples with chicken salad, but apricots? I'm intrigued!

  14. The heat spell has been broken. At least it has in Michigan where we are visiting. There is talk of crockpot chicken noodle soup. But your chicken salad looks wonderful. Love the addition of apricots. It has been a crazy summer.

  15. Haha.... inspired by your fridge :)


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