Basil Chicken Salad Recipe

This is the perfect dish if you are looking for a slightly different take on chicken salad. What I found interesting about this recipe is that the main ingredient is fresh basil, which gives this salad a very unique flavor. Preparing this dish is very easy—mayonnaise, garlic, basil, and celery are pureed in a blender and then mixed with parmesan cheese and chopped chicken. The cooking method for the chicken in this recipe is to bake it in the oven, but you could pan-fry or grill the chicken as well. This recipe is perfect for summer and the warmer weather; it is also great for busy nights when you don’t have much time to prepare a meal. This chicken salad goes on sandwiches with sliced tomato and cheese. Enjoy.

2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup fresh basil (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
3 stalks celery (chopped)
2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Place chicken breasts onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes (or until the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees). Remove from the oven and allow the chicken to cool. Once the chicken has cooled chop it into chunks. Set aside.
Step 2: In a food processor combine mayonnaise, basil, garlic, and celery. Puree until smooth.
Step 3: In a large serving bowl combine the chunked chicken, pureed mixture, and Parmesan cheese. Toss to coat. Refrigerate and serve.
(Makes 4 Servings)


5 Responses to “Basil Chicken Salad Recipe”

  1. Pattie @ Olla- Podrida — May 21, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    I saw this on Pinterest. I love basil, so think this sounds delish and just perfect for the summer months. I’ll be trying this.

  2. Debs @ The Spanish Wok — May 21, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    Chicken/Basil, two of my favourite things, plus I have celery to use up too, thanks.

  3. Jacqueline — May 22, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    One of my favorite sandwiches from Wolfgang Pucks is their basil chicken salad sandwiches and I have been wanting to try one. Sounds super easy too. I saw it on Pinterest also!

  4. Megan — May 30, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    This was SO good :). I used 5 small chk breasts and it turned out perfect! It did turn out kind of green from the basilbasil but next time I won’t mix it as much. Still tasted amazing!

  5. christine — October 4, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    Heres another great version “without having to use and clean a food processor. Mix 2/3 fat free Hellmans Mayo with 1/3 fat free sour cream. Add “fresh finely chopped basil” or, do what I do. I always keep “fresh basil “frozen” in a zip lock bag” in my freezer) once froze, I Squash it” in the bag, and just pull out what I need at any given time!( I grow LOTS of basil)OK, So add fresh Basil, salt/course ground black pepper to taste, to mayo/sour cream mixture. Add crisp seedless red grapes(halved) thinly sliced sweet onion, walnuts or pecans(doesn’t matter(or both), chopped celerly. You’ll “figure out how much you want to use”. It’s a matter of taste. Good cooks “just know”…Mix all up, taste. Boom! Delicious! Good on Cresent rolls, in wraps or just on a plate of lettuce! This comination is so “exoic tasting”…You “can omit the basil”, but I really hope you try it this way!Its “also “not green mixed by hand)

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