Why fruits and nuts? Well, why not? Chicken potato salad and chicken macaroni salad are popular, I know, but there comes a time to try combining poultry with other ingredients.
Fruits and nuts go perfectly with chicken, I tell you. The sweet juiciness of the fruits and the crunch of the pecans give this salad a wonderful combination of flavors, textures and colors.
Why grill the chicken instead of poaching or boiling? Because grilling imparts a smoky flavor and aroma that contrast well with the fruits.
If you’re not into grilling, you may broil, poach, fry or steam the chicken. How you cook the chicken will affect the flavor and texture of the salad. Grilling will give the salad a lovely smoky taste and aroma while frying will give the chicken, and the salad, better texture. You choose which cooking method you prefer.
Chilling the chicken after cooking allows the fat to firm up and make cutting easier.
Grilled chicken salad with fruits and nuts
- 3 chicken thighs - bone in
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1 ½ cups seedless grapes - well chilled
- 1 ½ cups fresh pineapple chunks - well chilled
- ¾ cup pecans - toasted in an oil-free pan, cooled and roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- ½ teaspoon lime juice - or lemon juice
- Wipe the chicken thighs with paper towels.
- Rub with one teaspoon salt, a quarter teaspoon pepper and all of the cayenne powder.
- Place in a covered container and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least two hours.
- Grill the chicken just until done.
- Cool the chicken then chill in a covered container for at least two hours or overnight.
- Take the chicken out of the fridge. Discard the bones and cut the meat into one-inch cubes.
- Place the grapes, pineapple and pecans in a bowl.
- Add the chicken. Toss lightly.
- In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream and lime juice.
- Add the to chicken, fruits and nuts.
- Toss lightly but thoroughly.
- Taste. Add salt and pepper, as needed.
- Serve the fruity nutty chicken salad at once while all the ingredients are still cold. Alternatively, chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.