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Coffee, Wine and Chicken Salad

Friday, September 4th, 2009

What to do when one of your dearest friends completes a three year project? Why you invite them over for wine in the middle of the day!

My darling friend has been working on a very public project for three years and was finally finished. I suggested she swing by for a glass of champagne. She countered that she was hungry – she had been up since 4 a.m.

Should a friend dropping by for lunch be cause for panic? Never, if you are prepared. And yes, I was. I had just grilled a passel of chicken breasts yesterday and decided to whip up some dilled chicken salad. In this case, grilled dilled chicken salad – because that sounds funnier.

And since my darling friend had been so busy she had not had a chance to read my blog, I had her undivided attention. Perched on a stool at my island with a glass of wine and my laptop Mac, she read while I made chicken salad. This is such an easy recipe, I thought I would share it here. It gets rave reviews every time I serve it. For parties it goes into tiny tart cups, it could go into scoop chips or you could serve it over lettuce and make yourself feel healthy.

Grilled Dilled Chicken Salad

  • 5 Grilled Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • Fresh dill to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Mix the mayo, onion, dill and salt and pepper in a big bowl. Dice up all of the chicken into bite size pieces and put in bowl. Mix. Serve.

Although it is much better if you have time to let the flavors meld before you serve it.

That’s it. Isn’t it easy? And you look like a superstar.

We ate our fill of chicken salad and polished off a bottle of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay in the middle of the afternoon. It was a celebration! This is certainly not an everyday occurrence, but it was a ball!

After my friend left for a much needed nap, another friend stopped by and I had the opportunity to feed her too! I made a fresh pot of coffee and whipped out my freshly made chicken salad for her. Then we got out the Wii and spent an hour shooting zombies. Nothing kills stress like zombie shooting.

Everyday is an opportunity to show your love and appreciation for those who make your life sweet. Grab that brass ring and don’t miss a beat!

xoxo, Patti