Once you have your ingredients prepped, it is super easy to prepare. Start with 1/2 lb. of cooked chicken, shredded or chopped. (I've always had this thing about shredded chicken in chicken salads...don't know where it came from, but I'm sticking to it.)
Mix in 1/4 cup plain yogurt* and 1 Tablespoon coarse ground Dijon mustard.
*I have convinced myself that using yogurt, with its natural bacteria and cultures, means you can take this on a picnic and not worry about it the way you might with mayo. It's also healthier, so there's that.
Add a dash of salt and pepper and stir well to coat the chicken. Chop up some cherries and peaches.
Add those to the mix, along with 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil. [At this point I felt a bit like I was making my Cherry Peach Salsa .]
Stir it up!
Once you have everything incorporated, you can leave it just as it is for serving. If you are feeling a little ambitious, you could add some diced celery or onion for a little extra crunch or tang.
I myself was feeling nutty (as though that is something new) and threw in some finely chopped pecan 'chips' that I found hanging around the kitchen which I think belonged to my roommate. Mix it up one more time!
For something so seemingly random...
...it certainly is delicious. If you do make a sandwich, might I suggest some Cucumber Salad on the side?
Don't be scared. Make this! Picnic blanket totally optional. "Just Peachy" Cherry Chicken Salad
[Makes approximately 2 cups]
1/2 lb. cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
1/4 cup plain lowfat yogurt
1 Tbsp. coarse ground Dijon mustard
1/2 cup cherries, pitted and chopped
1 medium peach, chopped
2 Tbsp. finely chopped pecans
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
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1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together chicken, yogurt, and mustard.
2. Add a dash of salt and pepper; stir well to combine.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well until evenly distributed.
4. Serve chicken salad on toasted bread, or on top of a bed of lettuce [or any other way in which you might like to serve or eat chicken salad :)].