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Nana’s Chicken Salad – well, kinda

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

Have you ever just had a real hankerin’ for something from your childhood?  Well, today I had one of those times.  My nana used to make the best chicken salad sandwiches on toast and I just needed to have one.  Since nana passed away many years ago, it was up to me to fix one for myself.  The only problem is that I didn’t have any of her chicken salad.

So, I walked up to the grocery store – yes, I walked.  It’s just under a 4-mile round trip and it was a beautiful day, so I threw on my sneakers, put on a backpack, and headed out for a little walk.  Actually, it was a great way to get some exercise!  With my Fitbit on, it registered about 8000 steps.  Pretty cool!

Now, you might be asking, “What did you put in the chicken salad, Sue?”  Here’s how I made it.  I’m going to preface this by saying that I’m not much of a cook.  Heck, anyone who knows me will attest to that.  I’m definitely not good about measuring.  And, I assume that you will do everything in a safe way – meaning cooking the chicken thoroughly and properly washing your hands and cleaning any surfaces after working with poultry!

Ingredients (measurements can vary widely depending on your taste)

  1. Chicken breast (about a pound)

  2. Light Mayo

  3. Celery (2 stalks)

  4. Raisins (about 1/2 Cup)

  5. Chopped Walnuts (about 2/3 Cup)

  6. Salt and Pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Cut the fat off of the chicken breasts and then cut the chicken into small pieces (about 1 inch square)

  2. Boil the chicken until thoroughly cooked

  3. Put the chicken into a blender (I have a Magic Bullet and use one of the large cups)

  4. Pulse the chicken until it is ground, but make sure that there are still some chunky pieces

  5. Dump the chicken into a bowl

  6. Put about 1/2 to 2/3 Cup of Light Mayo into the bowl

  7. Cut up the celery into small pieces and dump into the bowl

  8. Put the raisins and chopped walnuts into the bowl

  9. Mix all of the ingredients together with a spoon

Butter some bread and scoop some of the mixture onto one piece of bread then covering with the other piece of bread.  And, bam there ya go!

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