Apple and Walnut Chicken Salad

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Title: Apple and Walnut Chicken Salad
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Salads, Chicken, Dressings

Ingredients:

3 Chicken breasts - (1 lb.ea.)
2 Tart green apples
2 tb Fresh lemon juice
2/3 c Chopped pitted dates
1 c Finely chopped celery *
Salt; to taste
Freshly ground black -
Pepper; to taste
1/2 c Chopped toasted walnuts
---Poaching Liquid---
4 c A Basic Chicken Stock **
1 Celery leaf
1 Parsley sprig
1 pn Salt
1 tb Fresh lemon juice
---Dressing---
1/3 c Sour cream
1/3 c Mayonnaise
2 tb Fresh lemon juice


* Use only the tender inner stalks of celery for this recipe.

** Note: See the "A Basic Chicken Stock" recipe which is included in this
collection.

Poach the chicken breasts in the poaching liquid for 10 minutes, or just
until the pink color is gone throughout. The breasts will be firm when
pressed with the back of a fork. Let cool to room temperature in the
liquid. Remove and discard the skin and bones, and shred the chicken into
bite-size pieces. Core, peel, and cut apples in 1/2" slices. In a large
bowl, toss the apples with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Add the chicken,
dates, and celery. Toss to mix well. In a small bowl, whisk together the
sour cream, mayonnaise, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Add to the chicken
mixture, along with salt and pepper. Toss again to combine well. Cover and
chill the salad for 1 hour or more. Just before serving, stir in the
walnuts. This recipe serves 4 to 6.

Comments: Serve this classic fruit and chicken salad on a bed of red and
white cabbage. In addition this, there are several other fruit and chicken
breast combinations you might want to fix. See the variations "Red And
Green Grapes Chicken Salad" and "Mango Chicken Salad" (recipes included in
this collection) for inspiration -- each one is as easy as this recipe.

Recipe Source: MORE CHICKEN BREASTS by Diane Rozas (c) 1991 Harmony Books,
New York - 128 pages - $7.00 As reprinted in the Jan/Feb,
1992 issue of Cookbook Digest Formatted for MasterCook II by: Joe
Comiskey {* Prodigy Service ID # JPMD44A} on 10-31-1995 Re-formatted to
Meal Master by: Nancy Filbert {*Prodigy ID# LRCE87A} Nov. 1995
Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #813 by Nancy Berry on
Sep 28, 1997