Certain kinds of food remind us of many great memories. Every bite into it is like a trip down memory lane. And that is what you are about to experience when cooking our featured recipes for this article.
As little children, we are excited to witness what our mothers would prepare, especially during the Christmas season. And more often than not, these recipes always make it to the list of holiday offerings that we are to feast upon on Christmas eve dinner.
But no worries, because even on regular days, this is something that you and your family can enjoy. So allow us to share what you need to know about preparing and serving your family the Chicken Potato Salad at home.
What is Chicken Potato Salad Recipes
A glance at a big bowl of colors and ingredients, and one cannot help but say that our recipes symbolize festivity and celebration. The carousel of colors brought about by the assortment of brightly colored vegetables only spells joy and boldness.
The potato and shredded chicken, which is enveloped by the rich and creamy dressing, is simply irresistible. However, these recipes might have been an improvisation from the original potato salad brought by European and German immigrants in the late 19th century.
To this day, or our recipes served as a side dish and, as mentioned above, most commonly seen during the holiday seasons. Filipinos have adopted this tradition from the Americans. They have been a staple offering for many of our Filipino festivities, most notably during Christmas, and have evolved to many other variations.
Ways to Make Chicken Potato Salad Recipes
The ingredients needed to make these recipes might be a lot, but its preparation is relatively easy to prepare and achieve. That is why you don't have to be surprised that there are multiple ways to cook these recipes at home.
This is why we listed some of them here to try each of them at home and see for yourself which one will be the hit for your loved ones.
Warm Chicken and Roasted Salad Recipes
Nothing spells comfort more than a warm bowl of chicken and roasted vegetables, especially on a cold night. And this particular salad preparation method is recommended for people who are switching to the healthier side of cooking, with various vegetables that can be used.
The chicken is grilled on both sides for a few minutes then tossed in with the assortment of lightly roasted vegetables. The roasting process brings a nutty and smoky flavor to the salad, making it more complementary to the chicken.
And instead of the usual creamy and decadent dressing, vinaigrette is substituted in place of it, making this salad the perfect choice if you try to switch to healthier food options without sacrificing on the flavor.
Fried Chicken-Potato Salad Recipes
Let's admit it; we can never go wrong with fried chicken. The crunchy skin and juicy chicken is truly a gastronomical experience with every bite. One cannot merely resist the temptation of asking for more. And partner it with a bowl of creamy and rich potato salad, ah, food coma that is waiting to happen.
You can prepare your fried chicken from scratch if you are after that slight crunch, but you can use leftover fried chicken if you have them. The chicken pieces also aid in balancing out the richness of the dressing.
But if you're not a fan of mayonnaise in the salad, then, by all means, replace it with yogurt. The same consistency for the dressing can be achieved but less of the creaminess of the mayonnaise. Yogurt also contains a fair amount of good bacterias that help with your digestion.
Baked Chicken Potato-Salad Recipes
With the advent of instant foods and how they affected many individuals' lifestyles and health, it is no surprise that a lot of people are trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle. This is not just for the figure but for one's health as well.
So if you are one of those folks who are utmost to be more mindful of their health, then this one is perfect for you. Chicken is the healthier choice for meat as it contains a lesser amount of fat and is on the lean side of chicken selections. However, the method of cooking also plays a factor here.
That is why baking or roasting chicken is the go-to method. This way, less to no amount of oil is needed to have the chicken cooked. And compared to rice, potatoes are a better source of carbohydrates and also a great source of fiber for that matter.
Eating healthier doesn't always mean eating bland tasting foods. You only have to be creative in picking out the right ingredients to contribute to your healthier lifestyle choice.
Other Delicious Variants of Chicken Potato Salad Recipes to Make
Salad variations are endless, and our recipes are so versatile that virtually a limitless amount of variants can be made. Who knows, you might even be able to create your version of it. To give you a good head start, we noted some of these variants you can try at home.
Potatoes Salads with Diced Carrots Recipes
Carrots are often used as one of the many ingredients in different kinds of recipes. But did you know that you can also use it as the main component for a salad? Yes, the ever-humble root crop can be used for our salad variation.
But before using it, make sure to have it boiled until it's cooked through, but not too tender, just enough for you to be still able to have it chopped.
Carrots are tough, so boiling them in salted water for about 8-10 minutes will do the trick.
To enjoy its naturally sweet and nutty flavor, we encourage you to use vinaigrette instead of the usual creamy dressing as it tends to overpower the natural taste of ingredients. So for that, a quarter cup of olive oil, lemon, and pepper will surely complement this salad variation.
Creamy Potato-Salad Recipes
I prefer to eat creamy potato, well, anything that is made of potatoes I would shamelessly eat. I am a die-hard fan of potato, may it be fried, has brown, baked, or salad. As long as it's potato recipes, you don't even have to ask me to take part in it.
So if you are on the same boat with me, then this dish is perfect for you. Potatoes are generally bland in flavor; it only relies on the sauce or dressing used for it. So the taste of potato, especially in the salad, rises and falls in the dressing.
And for an additional layer of flavor, crispy bacon bits and a few dice of cheddar cheese will do magic. Trust me; this might be one of the perfect variations you have tasted so far.
Potato-Salad without Mayo
If you're planning to go all out when it comes to healthy food choices and you have decided to get rid of creamy and rich dressings for your salad, then we still have options for you. Eating healthy does not necessarily equate to tasteless so that we might have the fit options for you.
First on the list is Herbed Salad, and you guessed it right; no dressing is needed. This variation is as healthy as it gets and a little sophisticated. So enjoying this dish is now guilt-free.
Pick your potato of choice, and boil them just until they are cooked through. Season them with salt. The vinaigrette can be as simple as a mixture of olive oil, mustard, and a hint of lemon juice and pepper. Basil, dill, and parsley are the herbs of choice as they leave a refreshing aftertaste and do not have a very intense flavor and aroma.
Another variation that you can try is of French origin. The steps in preparing the potato are pretty much the same. Boil them in lightly salted water until cooked through. Adding herbs is also beneficial to the flavor.
The vinaigrette, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and dijon mustard, and freshly cracked black pepper will do magic for this salad.
Trivia about Potato Salad
Knowing a few fun trivia about the foods that we love makes us appreciate them even better. So let us share with you some of the trivia about salad. First on the list is the name salad, it came from the word "herba salta" or salted herbs. This is because the herbs used for the salad were dressed with lots of salt.
Another trivia is that potatoes, one of these recipes' main components, is 80% water. And they are also considered as one of the four most important crops in the world.
No matter how great you are in the kitchen, mishaps still happen. And it can get to our nerves, which makes us lose our cool. But worry no more because we have listed down a few troubleshooting steps you can take to remedy kitchen mishaps.
- If the dressing is too thick and creamy and gets overpowering, add a tablespoon of lemon juice to cut down on the creaminess. This also adds a tangy flavor to the dressing.
- If the dressing is somehow too runny or liquidy, add more potatoes to the mix. The natural starch coming from the potatoes will mix into the sauce to thicken it a bit.
- Refrigerate the salad if the mixture gets too starchy. This might be due to the natural starch component of the potatoes that are reacting.
Knowing a few tips when cooking individual recipes can help make us more efficient and better cooks. Here are some tips that we want to share with you, which will help you become better when cooking our chicken potato salad.
- Potatoes are naturally bland and starchy, so make sure to boil them before using them in a salad. Add in salt to the water to add taste to it and reduce the potatoes' starch content.
- For more flavorful recipes, we would suggest keeping the skin intact. The oils coming from the skin contributes to the flavor of the salad.
- To prevent the potatoes from oxidizing ( dark spots when exposed to air) before you boil them. Keep them submerged in water.
Best Served With
Our recipes are primarily a side dish so that it can be a perfect pair for certain foods. Here are a few suggested words that you can try to serve our recipes with.
- Breaded Pork Chop - Pairing our recipes with this dish is guaranteed a satisfying dining experience—the richness and creaminess of the salad balance out the fatty and salty pork chop.
- Garlic Bread - The garlic bread is a fitting complement for the richness of the salad. The garlicky taste of the bread will also aid in neutralizing the creaminess of the dressing.
- Chicken Hamonado - Pairing our featured recipes with this classic Filipino offering spells celebration. The sweet and tangy hamonado goes well with the salad's creaminess and richness. This combo can almost always be seen on Filipino occasions.
Nostalgic recipes hit closer to home, as they always remind us of days past. And is something that we should forever cherish and prepare lovingly for anyone to whom we serve foods. And we are more than confident that with all the information that we have shared with you, you are more than ready to cook the Chicken Potato salad at home. Happy cooking!
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Best Chicken Potato Salad Recipe
- ½ cup Pineapple Tidbits
- ¼ tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 lb Chicken Breast shredded
- 2 lbs Potatoes boiled, cubed
- ½ teaspoon Salt to taste
- 1 ½ cup Mayonnaise
- ½ cup Nestle Cream
- 1 pc Carrot diced
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- In a mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, carrot, and potato. Add salt, black pepper, sugar, mayonnaise, and nestle cream. Mix until all the ingredients are well blended.Note: you can adjust the amount of salt, pepper, and sugar depending on your taste.
- Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
- Transfer into a serving plate. Enjoy eating!