Fantastic Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

"An incredibly fantastic chicken salad, perfect for summertime entertaining! Also great tossed with cooked bow-tie pasta, which makes a more substantial meal. This is so delicious, one of my all-time favorite chicken salads!! Slightly adapted from a Paula Deen recipe."
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  • In a medium bowl, combine chicken, celery, basil and almonds.
  • In a small bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, Dijon, salt, pepper and onions. Add to chicken mixture (add pasta if using), tossing gently to coat.
  • Cover and chill.

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  1. robbin.oakley
    This is awesome!!!! Oh my gosh, plain old chicken salad will never be made in my house again! It's so refreshing and light with the lemon and basil. I didn't change a thing nor did I have to. I had purchased a very crisp and citrus Sauvignon Blanc to serve with this for a late afternoon lunch and it just blew my guest away. Very impressive.
  2. Beaglemom
    This chicken salad is amazing! I made it for lunch for a friend who is doing the whole low-carb thing. I served it on crunchy leaf lettuce along with some fresh strawberries and raspberries. It was a huge hit with my hubby, too! I added about two scallions finely chopped and used purple basil that was growing in my garden. Make sure to toast the makes a big difference! I will use this as my "go to" chicken salad recipe from now on.
  3. DianeH
    I won't post the four stars that I'd like to because I made several changes. I didn't have celery or almonds so I omitted them. I didn't have sour cream so I upped the mayo. I didn't have fresh basil so I just used a ton of dried basil. This is the first chicken salad I've ever made that I've been happy with. I love the lemon and basil flavor! Next time (and there will be one) I'll be sure to have all the ingredients on hand so that I can give this recipe it's proper rating. Thank you.



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