Warm Chicken Salad with Pears and Swiss Chard:This warm and comforting chicken salad is perfect for weeknight meals. Between the pears, the pine nuts, and the peppers, this salad is as delicious as it is beautiful.
Chicken anchors this hearty salad by providing high-quality protein and nutrients like vitamin B12. You don’t need to make double the effort if you are trying to make dinner for your little ones.
Lean proteins like chicken are important first foods for infants and toddlers (0-2 years old) as sources of iron, zinc, protein, and choline. Specifically, choline is a nutrient that young children need for continued brain development support – and chicken can help little ones meet their daily needs. Baby’s who are starting to eat solid foods can make a nutritious and age-appropriate meal out of pureed chicken.
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Lauren Manaker MS is a member our medical expert board. This recipe is one of 74 featured in The First Mom’s Pregnancy Cookbook.
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
6 cups chopped Swiss chard
1 pear, sliced
4 mini peppers, sliced
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
HOW TO MAKE IT
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Wrap the chicken in parchment paper and place it on a baking tray for 10 minutes.
- Combine the pear, chard, peppers, pine nuts, and peppers in a large bowl
- Mix the olive oil with the shallot, lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl. Add salt.
- Toss the salad with the dressing and mix well.
- Toss the chicken in the bowl.
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CAN I SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS IN MY HOT CHICKEN SALAD
This recipe can be used in many ways.
You can use wild or brown rice.
You could also add cheese to the filling. You can add some cheddar cheese to the filling, but you are free to use any other cheese that your family prefers.
You can also use crushed crackers, croutons or dry stuffing to replace potato chips.
You can substitute cashews or pecans for the almonds, but you don’t have to eat the nuts.
If your family does not like celery, you have the option to substitute green peas or leave them out.
There are so many possibilities. It’s possible to try it and make it more interesting.
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Hot Chicken Salad Casserole
3 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped or shredded
2 cups cooked rice
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 small onion, chopped finely
1 lemon, juiced
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
3/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 tsp Lawrys Salt Seasoning Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
Turn oven on to 350°F. In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Pour into a buttered 3-quart casserole dish. Bake casserole for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
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Can you put hot chicken on salad?
Hot Chicken Salad is a delicious way to use up leftover chicken to enjoy on a cold day. Served hot, this easy salad is made with tender chicken, celery, green pepper and slivered almonds enveloped in a creamy flavourful dressing.
What can I do with Chicken Salad?
- Fresh green salad. Chicken salad can be heavy in itself so serving it with a nice light salad can be really refreshing. …
- Fruit salad. …
- Chips. …
- Dill pickles. …
- Soup. …
- Cheese and crackers. …
- Veggie platter. …
- French fries.
Can I freeze Chicken Salad with mayo in it?
You can freeze chicken salad with mayonnaise. You can freeze mayonnaise, but it won’t freeze well. It tends to separate after it has thawed, which will reduce the quality of your chicken salad.