Carolina Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad

Published June 1, 2007.

Why this recipe works:

With so many ways to kick up the flavor of a simple chicken salad recipe, why do so many versions still feature a sloppy, stodgy mess of mayo and underseasoned chicken? For our flavor-packed Carolina Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad recipe, we found that sautéed boneless, skinless chicken breasts… read more

With so many ways to kick up the flavor of a simple chicken salad recipe, why do so many versions still feature a sloppy, stodgy mess of mayo and underseasoned chicken? For our flavor-packed Carolina Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad recipe, we found that sautéed boneless, skinless chicken breasts produced better flavor than the poached chicken most chicken salad recipes require. To create a distinctly flavored chicken salad recipe, we replaced some of the mayonnaise with sour cream. This also lightened the texture of the dressing so it didn’t weigh the chicken down.

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Makes about 6 cups, enough for 6 sandwiches

Serve on a croissant or a split buttermilk biscuit.

Ingredients

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