Monday, June 27, 2016

Tea Room Cherry Blue Chicken Salad

There used to be a Tea Room in Roswell, Georgia called Mittie's 
that was known for their Cherry Blue Chicken Salad. I only 
visited once, but have never forgotten this yummy take on
chicken salad! With the Fourth of July holiday approaching
I was thinking about a tea menu using the colors red, white
& blue and remembered this chicken salad!

This yummy chicken salad includes blue cheese dressing, 
dried cherries and walnuts. Even if this sounds a bit unusual
and you aren't crazy about Blue Cheese, you should give it a
 try! You might just find a new favorite chicken salad recipe!

I also wanted to share a favorite vintage tablecloth with you! I adore
this little tea cloth with it's cheery colors and cherries! It also came 
with 4 matching napkins! Since it had the colors I was looking for
and had a cherries theme, I thought it would be perfect for my tea!
Here's today's tea menu! The Toffee Crumble Scones are 
wonderful! The recipe can be found here! I'll share the
Fruit Tarts recipe on my next post! 

I seasoned the chicken tenderloins and using my grill pan, I grilled
them about 4 minutes each side. I always err on the side of caution
and would rather over cook a bit than undercook!

Next I cut the chicken into small pieces… mixed
all the ingredients together….
and scooped the chicken salad onto some pretty Red Bibb
lettuce. If you'd like a little more blue in your chicken salad,
just add some fresh blueberries!!

Served it with some yummy Strawberry Tea….

and used my vintage cherry napkins!


CHERRY BLUE CHICKEN SALAD
(my version)

1 pound chicken tenderloins
Montreal Chicken seasoning (or your own favorite)
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing (I used Ken's)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sour cherry jam
1 cup diced celery
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon Montreal Chicken seasoning

Lightly coat grill pan with oil and preheat. Season
chicken tenderloins with Montreal Chicken seasoning 
and grill until it's cooked through, about 4 minutes per
side. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and chill.

In a mixing bowl, combine the blue cheese dressing,
mayonnaise, cherry jam, celery, dried cherries, walnuts 
and seasoning. Gently stir in the chicken. Chill to blend
flavors. 

TO PLATE: scoop some chicken salad into a large 
cookie scoop and press it in with your fingers in 
order to have it keep it's shape after releasing. 
Release chicken salad onto a pretty piece of Red 
Bibb Lettuce. I then took another scoop and 
placed it on top of the first scoop for a large enough 
portion. To finish I placed some sliced fresh cherries 
on top and sprinkled with additional chopped 
walnuts. I also placed 2 fresh cherries on the side.
Makes approximately 9 servings.


CHERRY BLUE CHICKEN SALAD
Mittie's Version

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
Spike seasoning blend or salt & pepper
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing (owner
recommends Marzetti's Organic or
Newman's Own)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon celery salt or 
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning

Lightly coat the grill grate with cooking spray and
preheat grill. Season the chicken breast with Spike
seasoning blend (or salt & pepper) and grill until it's
cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Cut
the chicken into bite-size pieces and chill.

In a mixing bowl, combine the blue cheese dressing,
mayonnaise, blue cheese crumbles, celery, dried cherries,
walnuts and seasonings. Gently stir in the chicken.
Chill to blend flavors.


Hope you enjoy the recipe and will stop back by for some
pretty fruit tarts on my next post!! 

Thanks for visiting!!
Today I'm joining Bernideen's Tea Time Blog Party! Pop
over for some great ideas!


15 comments:

  1. Wow, Jina! I had to take a break from Pinterest and come peek at your blog. No wonder you have been busy! I'm amazed at your yummy recipes and gorgeous pictures. I will be trying some of these for sure! hugs ❤ ~Debbie (your "posh" Pinterest friend)

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    1. Thanks so much my sweet "posh" friend!!! Love ya!!!! Jina

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  2. I love this. Plus I also have this same cherry table cloth and napkins

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    1. Thank you Rita!! Isn't the tablecloth fun?! Love it!!

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  3. This looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much Lynn!! The chicken salad is yummy! Even my 9 year old loved it!!

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  4. Your chicken salad looks wonderful, Jina! Your have such a pretty and yummy looking side bar with delightful desserts on it. Those fruit tarts look delicious too. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments Sandi!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  5. Dear Jina:
    I have definitely printed out your recipe and do plan to try it as it looks amazing. I have a whole folder of chicken salad recipes but this one now goes to the TOP! Thanks for sharing and I enjoyed your blog!

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    1. Hi Bernideen!! I'm a fan of all things chicken salad too!! Hope you like this recipe!! Thank you!!

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  6. Congratulations! This recipe is featured today on my blog special features.

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    1. Thank you for this special honor Bernideen!! Hugs!! Jina

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  7. Where does the sour cherry jam go? Is it to be mixed in with the blue cheese dressing? Looks like a delicious recipe!

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    1. Yes Paula! Thank you for bringing this to my attention! You mix the jam in with all the other ingredients. It's a delicious recipe for those who enjoy blue cheese and can be tweaked to your own tastes. Thank you for your comments!!

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