Smoked chicken salad

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by squirrel, May 18, 2010.

  1. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Howdy all!

    I've been snatching up info from this wonderful place, and all you awesome folks have been most helpful! So, since I'm in my smoking learning phase, I thought the least I could do is share some of my favorite dishes that might be something you would want to try. Here's my smoked chicken salad.

    I call it smoked, but technically it's grilled with some wood thrown on the coals for a smokey flavor.

    I start by brining three bone-in, skin on breasts with 1/2 cup Kosher salt in a six qt. bucket for about 5 hours. I only use salt for this brine because I'm gonna have lots of flavor added later.

    I took one stick of butter and to that added three cloves finely chopped garlic, several chopped sprigs of fresh rosemary, fresh lemon thyme, finely chopped vidalia onion. I rubbed this all under the skin of each breast. Topped off each with some ground pepper.

    Then I place in a shallow pan on the grill. I cook them offset on the grill, adding several pieces of hickory to the fire to get a good smoke. I cook these to about 150F. I move them directly over the flame until they reach 160F.

    After they have cooled enough to handle, I remove the meat, keeping as much of that yummy herb rub as possible. Chop them into nice chunks and add:

    Vidalia onion, green onion, celery and boiled egg. Then I make a homemade buttermilk dressing using buttermilk, sour cream, mayo, finely chopped garlic, fresh ground pepper and herbes de Provence (savory, fennel, basil, thyme and lavender).

    put it in a mason jar, add ingredients, lid it and give it a good shake.

    Pour this into the chicken, veggie, egg mixture and give it a good stir. That's it! yummy chicken salad with tender, smokey meat and lots of fresh flavor! You can use a store bought dressing I did that before I learned that making it from scratch is awesome.
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I love salads. One of the best things about summer to me is all the salads that are made.
  3. memphisbud

    memphisbud Smoke Blower

    Kudos to you for sharing your recipe! I make a smoked chicken salad also that's very similar....I really like using legs and thighs for the meat tho. because I like it that way! [​IMG]
  4. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Yummy looking'excellent job
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I also agree with theses other guys here. Now your recipe for smoked chicken salad sure looks and sounds so good and thanks alot for sharing it. There is alot of good knowledge here to be had and we will always give recipes and advice when you need it too.
  6. violator

    violator Smoke Blower

    Very COOL.
    From my Sunday smoke, I had an extra chicken breast, so I made it into chicken salad. So, I had 2 chicken salad sandwiches for lunch today. VERY TASTY indeed.
  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Thats looks great! I love the lighter meals when it gets hot outside, especially whens its 120*. [​IMG]

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