Sam’s Wicked Awesome Chicken-and-Fruit Salad

So, I got to spend all of yesterday afternoon in the kitchen, experimenting with a few new salad recipes and tweaking them to make them rock. One was a new coleslaw (it was about time I found a better coleslaw recipe than the one my great-grandmother has handed down and everyone in my goddamn family uses… it’s super sweet and runny and not what coleslaw should be at all), which was tangy and delicious.

The second was a fruit salad that I’ve modified until it’s nigh unrecognizable from the original recipe I found. I’ll share my secret with you, galleons:

  • 1 can mandarin orange slices, drained
  • 2 apples
  • 1 1/2 cups red seedless grapes
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 little container of lemon yogurt (you know, the ordinary, individual containers)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip, but real mayonnaise)
  • 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon would suffice if you didn’t have the former, but trust me, try to get the pumpkin pie spice)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 2 cups water

1. Pour olive oil into a skillet heated on high. Add in chicken and cook through.
2. Core apples and chop into bite-sized pieces. In a small bowl, combine apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) and water. Toss apple pieces into bowl (the acids in the vinegar/lemon juice help prevent the cut apple pieces from turning brown). Leave in the mixture for a few minutes. Remove  from water, pat dry, and set aside. Dump water/vinegar mixture, but rinse out and hold onto the bowl (we’ll be economical and use it for something else here in a second).
3. In a large bowl, combine chicken, grapes, oranges, chopped celery, and apple. Toss together until well mixed.
4. In our recycled small bowl, combine entire contents of yogurt, mayonnaise, soy sauce, and pumpkin pie spice to create the sauce. Stir until blended.
5. Pour sauce mixture into the large bowl. Thoroughly mix together until everything is well-coated. Chill and serve.

This stuff is so freaking good. It’s a surprising combination of flavors, but it all works. I’m pretty proud of this, so go make it and tell me your reaction.

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