A quick cold chicken salad utilizing USDA chicken, seasonal apples and regional cranberries!
This is an autumn school food service recipe for apples and cranberries.
Cooking and Prep Level: Basic.
Adapted from thespruce.com
- Prep Time1 hr 30 min
- Total Time1 hr 30 min
- Serving Size2/3 cup
- Energy164 cal
- HAACP Process1
- 9 lbs 8 oz USDA Chicken Pieces pulled or chopped
- 8 lbs Celery, chopped
- 2 lbs Red Onion, minced
- 8 lbs 8 oz Apples, Red Delicious, cored, chopped w/ skins on
- 1 lbs 8 oz Cranberries, dried or craisins
- 1 lbs Walnuts, finely chopped (optional)
- 1 lb 12 oz (3½ cups) Mayonnaise, low fat, OR Salad Dressing, reduced calorie
- 1 lb Yogurt, vanilla low fat
- ½ cup Lemon Juice, fresh
- 2 tsp Black Pepper, ground
- 1 tsp Salt
CCP: Defrost chicken under refrigeration at 41 F for no more than 24 hours.
Chop all veggies and apples. Combine chopped apples with lemon juice, toss to coat.
Drain chicken thoroughly and pat dry.
Drain juice from apples, reserving for dressing. In a large bowl whisk mayo or salad dressing, yogurt and lemon juice from apples. Add salt and pepper. Taste for seasonings.
In a large tote, combine chicken, apples with lemon juice, cranberries, celery, and onions. Fold in the dressing.
Add walnut pieces.
Spread salad into shallow hotel pans (12 x 20 x 21/2) to a depth of 2″ or less. For 50 servings, use one pan. For 100, use two pans.
CCP: Cool to 41*F or lower within four hours.
Portion with #6 scoop ⅔ cup
CCP: Hold at a minimum of 41 F during service.
How regional can this recipe be?
Cranberries: Did you know Wisconsin is #1 in cranberry production in the nation, supplying the market with 56% of all U.S. cranberries?
Dairy Products: Wisconsin is the #2 dairy producing state, with more creameries than the #1 dairy producing state, California.
How about Illinois? Want to find a creamery in Illinois? Look for one here.
Apples: Michigan is #3 in apple production in the nation. They are #1 in the country for slicing fresh apples. Michigan apples are harvested from 850 family-run farms across the state.
Illinois produces apples, too! There is a map tool for locating apple producers in Illinois at orangepippin.com
Onions: Wisconsin and Michigan are in the top 13 states for producing onions.
- 100 servings per container
- Serving Size2/3 cup
- Amount per serving
- % Daily Value*
- Total Fat7.3 g9.36%
- Saturated Fat0.7 g3.5%
- Trans Fat0 g
- Cholesterol34.9 mg11.63%
- Sodium184 mg8%
- Total Carbohydrate14.9 g5.42%
- Dietary Fiber2.3 g8.21%
- Total Sugars10.5 g
- Protein10.5 g21%