Chicken Salad with Papaya Barbecue Sauce

Escape regular Chicken Salad. Instead, mix it with Papaya Barbecue Sauce for a fun, fantastic fruity change.

When life gives you dry leftover chicken, make chicken salad! 

At least, that’s what I always tell myself. Who wants dry-ass re-heated chicken? Not me. I always mix it with mayonnaise and called it a day. But this time, I took it a step further…

Roasted cashews for a lovely nuttiness and herbs for a fresh bite. Grated carrots bring a pop of color and celery adds a nice CRUNCH. And last but not least…

Torchbearer Sauces Pineapple Papaya Barbecue Sauce for a well-rounded flavor. It brings in sweetness, a little smokiness, and a just whisper of spice (but you can certainly add more if you can handle it). Regular barbecue sauce is fine, but come on…live a little. Make your lunch break a whole lot brighter AND healthier by sneaking in some papaya! 

This recipe is a great entry point into the world of better-than-basic-chicken-salad. Without a doubt, it rises above the bland, mayo-coated stuff. It’s perfect for everyday sandwiches or scooped onto a pile of greens with avocado, red onion, and crispy bacon. 

CHICKEN SALAD WITH PAPAYA BARBECUE SAUCE

MAKES: 1.5 CUPS ⎪ DIFFICULTY: EASY ⎪ FUNK: CASUAL

Mise en Place

  • 1 cup cooked or canned chicken, shredded
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • a handful of cashews, chopped
  • 2 sprigs cilantro or mint, minced
  • 3 tablespoons greek yogurt or mayonnaise 
  • 2 tablespoons Papaya Barbecue Sauce
  • salt & pepper

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1. MIX INGREDIENTS

In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Season to taste with salt & pepper, or more papaya barbecue sauce.

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2. SERVE & STORE

Spoon chicken salad on a sandwich, or a bed of salad greens. Store chicken salad in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week. Did you make Chicken Salad with Papaya Barbecue Sauce? Let me know how it turned out, and leave a comment below. 

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