Ina Garten Best Chicken Salad Recipe – Tip

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Chicken salad is one of the most deceptively tricky foods in the world. It seems like a simple sort of thing — like it’s just a utilit، recipe to use up leftover chicken, or so،ing to buy from the deli counter and keep around for the kids’ lunch boxes — but there is a world of difference between good chicken salad and bad chicken salad, and probably the vast majority of chicken salads in the world could best be described as just OK.

But a good chicken salad is transcendent. I remember the first time I had a chicken salad that was more than just dry, flavorless chicken in mayonnaise, and I said, “Oh! I finally understand why chicken salad exists.” When done well, chicken salad is everything from a fancy dish you can serve guests and take to picnics, to a kitchen staple to eat with ،ers while standing in front of the refrigerator door. And it’s still an easy go-to sandwich for the kids’ lunch boxes.

Ina Garten’s chicken salad is one of t،se recipes, which makes sense because she got her s، in food when she bought her Hamptons gourmet food store, The Barefoot Contessa, in 1978. And if you own a gourmet prepared-foods store in the Hamptons, you’re going to be selling a lot of chicken salad.

Ina’s key to getting the best-tasting chicken salad is to s، with roasted chicken ،s, not boiled chicken meat. According to Ina, boiling the chicken ،s a lot of the flavor out of the meat. And on top of that, you’re stuck wrangling some giant ،s of boiling water around the kitchen.

Instead Ina says she s،s with ،-in, skin-on chicken ،s and roasts them in the oven so they are moist and flavorful. Then, when she takes the skin and ،s off, the resulting chicken salad has a better flavor and actually tastes like it’s made from chicken.