Bang-bang Chicken Salad from Sichuan Province

How about starting the New Year with a chicken salad that has a “bang” to it. This chicken is a well-known Sichuan dish and the name means “chicken beaten with a wooden stick”. A theory is if you beat the poached chicken it will expose the fibers in the breast meat so they can absorb … Continue reading

The Common Grill’s Honey Pecan Chicken Salad

When this restaurant opened back in 1991 we lived in Manchester, just 15 minutes from another small village called Chelsea.  One of the first meals I had at the The Common Grill was their Honey Pecan Chicken Salad.   For over 20 years now I do not think it was ever taken off the menu.  The owner, Craig Common … Continue reading

Maude’s Chicken Salad with a Honey Dijon Dressing

This was a special salad for me from Maude’s, a downtown Ann Arbor restaurant on South Fourth Street that closed in 1998 after 21 years in business (it became a Mexican restaurant, Arriba, which did not do well).  It was known for its ribs and steaks, but for lunch this salad with the honey mustard dressing … Continue reading

Dried Cherry Chicken Salad

This is a great salad to serve for a light lunch and it can be made ahead of time.  You could even make a sandwich using a fresh croissant sliced in half.  Either way is delicious. 1 cup dried tart, red cherries (cranberries can be used as a substitute) 4 chicken breast halves (bone in and … Continue reading