Friday, August 13, 2010

Don't Call My Name, Don't Call My Name, Cilantro...

It wasn't until recently that I bought a rotisserie chicken from the deli section at the grocery store for the first time. Eric called me on his way home from work and asked what was for dinner that night. When I told him that I had bought a rotisserie chicken, there was a long pause on the other end of the phone line, finally followed by an "oh". I hung up the phone and stared at the chicken sitting on the kitchen counter sweating in its plastic domed container. What can I do with you, ole winged one? I remembered that several times in the past, I had eaten chicken salad made from rotisserie chicken so I thought I would give it a try. See if I could turn the "oh" into an "OOOOHHH!!!" But, it had to be done Kim style!

Now, along with the massive amounts of garlic that is eaten in our house, we also consume equal amounts of cilantro. I realize that cilantro is a love-hate thing. Those who love it really LOVE it and those who hate it...well, they're just plain wrong!! But, if you're a lover, then follow me as I guide you through the easiest and most delicious chicken salad ever.

Easy Chicken Salad

The most time consuming part of making the salad is removing the chicken from the bone. I've made the salad with lemon pepper chicken and the plain rotisserie chicken. Either type will make a good chicken salad. I, personally, would avoid the BBQ flavored one but that's just my choice. I shred the chicken by hand.

Next, I put Eric to work doing what he does best, chopping! That's a lot of cilantro and green onions.

Next, I work on "Kim's Special Sauce". This sauce is great as a base for any kind of salad including pasta salad. I also make it to use as a dip for chicken fingers and fries.

Special Sauce
1 cup mayonaise
2 tbsp. dijon-style mustard
4-5 drops pepper sauce
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. paprika

Mix all ingredients together until smooth.

Mix all ingredients together until just blended. Enjoy on your favorite bread!


  1. The only problem I have with cilantro is it tastes like "soap" to me!!!

  2. Im gonna have to try this fresh chicken salad and it appears to have a different twist to it. Looking forward to making this soon....thanks for sharing!!

  3. Going to make this tonight....Please tell me how much Cilantro & Green Onions to chop? Susannah

    1. Hi Susannah! We love cilantro and green onions so we use a lot. I would suggest using 3-4 green onions and 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro. I think that would be about 1/3 of a bunch of cilantro that you get in the grocery store. But, please adjust these amounts to your own tastes - add or take away as you feel.

  4. I've never really liked chicken salad. However, I had made pita bread and mayonnaise earlier in the day and was looking for something to merry the two. This recipe was amazing! It's easily one of my favorite things to make. Quick, easy, and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  5. I made a variation on this and wrote about it on my blog here. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. With how hot it's been this summer, it was nice to add another oven free recipe into the mix!


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