Today's Frugal Feasts recipe is Chicken Salad for Company from a new book that came across my desk: "Beat This Cookbook: Absolutely Unbeatable Knock-'em-Dead Recipes for the Very Best Recipes," by Ann Hodgman.
I would use bone-in chicken breasts instead of boneless chicken breasts because they are often on sale and they taste better in chicken salad. They are on sale at Food Lion for $1.79 a pound. This recipe should cost about $1.80 per servings. This seems like a good recipe for a potluck or a summer picnic.
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Chicken Salad for Company
3 whole bone-in chicken breasts, poached and cut into bite-size pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into julienne strips
2 large heads broccoli, cut into florets
12 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
4 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 1/2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill
COMBINE the chicken with the red pepper in a large bowl.
STEAM the broccoli in a vegetable steamer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it just starts to get tender. (You could also place broccoli in a microwave safe bowl with a couple tablespoons of water. Cover with plastic wrap and cook on high for 1 minute each time until done.) Add to the chicken and mix it in gently. Add bacon. Toss together.
WHISK together sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar and dill. Pour dressing over the chicken and vegetables. Chill salad for at least 2 hours before serving.
Makes 8 servings.
Chicken breasts, $1.79 a pound, Cost for meal: $3.58
Red bell pepper, $2 for one, Cost for meal: $2
Broccoli, $1.79 for 2 crowns, Cost for meal:$1.79
Bacon, $2.89 for 16 ounces, Cost for meal: $2.89
Sour cream, $1 for 8 ounces, Cost for meal: 75 cents
Mayonnaise, $2.79 for 32 ounces, Cost for meal: 52 cents
Dijon mustard, $2.49 for 12 ounces, Cost for meal: 42 cents
Raspberry vinegar, $4.99 for 8 ounces, Cost for meal: $1.25
Dill, $2.39 for .75 ounces, Cost for meal: $1.20
Cost per meal: $14.40
Cost per servings: $1.80