Chicken Salad + How to Poach Chicken

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This has to be one of my favorite things to #mealprep for the week. It's such a satisfying, yet easy, addition to meals, and you can get super creative with it.

Whenever I make chicken salad, I obviously use chicken as the base, add in some avocado mayo, and then the rest is whatever veggies, nuts, seeds, and any other crunchies I have in my cabinets.

With the sweetness from the grapes, the texture from the carrots and celery, and then the slight crunch from the almonds, it's the perfect balance.

I love tossing on a salad, adding to sandwiches, snacking on it with crackers or even apple slices! What are your favorite chicken salad add-ins?

If you guys have been following along, you know one of my intentions is to learn how to cook. I love to make foods in the kitchen, but I want to get to the point where it becomes instinctual almost. Recently, whenever I've made chicken salad, the chicken has come out slightly rubbery. My mom taught my how to poach chicken, which keeps it's juiciness, and is better for me because it's less hands-on! Directions how to poach below :)


How to Poach Chicken:

  1. Fill a pot with enough water to cover the amount of chicken breasts you have, but not too much that when filled, it will overflow
  2. Add in spices (we chose rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, etc.)
  3. Bring water to a boil
  4. Add in chicken breasts, cover, and turn off heat
  5. Let cook for 15 minutes
  6. Take a piece out and check if fully cooked, if so voila! Cooked (and juicy) chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp. avocado mayo (I used Primal Kitchens)
  • 1/4 cup grapes
  • 2 tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp. chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp. chopped celery
  • 2 tbsp. cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 avocado, chopped
  • Salt + pepper
  • Parsely or chopped scallions to garnish
     

Directions:

  • Poach chicken (directions above)
  • Chop chicken into about 1/2" cubes
  • Throw all ingredients together and mix well
  • Serve by itself, on a sandwich, on a salad, with crackers, or even with apple slices!