Salads

January 11, 2022

Chicken Salad in Radicchio Cups

New year, new me right!? OR is it new year, same me!? I can never get it straight! No matter what your goals are starting off this new year, you will want to add this chicken salad in radicchio cups to your list. Not only are they so pretty but they are the perfect for meal prepping lunches or even a lighter dinner. Want a midday snack, this works great for that too!

This chicken salad consists of tender juicy shredded chicken tossed in a creamy savory dressing with all of the green favorites: celery, celery root, grapes and apples. Oh! And I can’t forget the candied pecans that are coated in honey for a little extra sweetness and crunch. I absolutely love making this at the beginning of the week and having a stash of it all week long.

If you’ve never had radicchio before, you might be surprised. It’s gorgeous purple and white look doesn’t necessarily match it’s taste. It has a bitter yet slightly spicy taste. When you pair it with the savory, slightly sweet chicken salad, it all balances out. I will say, all though all of the flavors balance out, radicchio might not be your cup of tea. So, feel free to serve this chicken salad with regular butter lettuce cups or romaine lettuce cups. If you aren’t ditching the carbs at the beginning of this year, definitely make this into a sandwich with your favorite bread or serve it with crackers for a tasty snack.

With this recipe I used chicken breasts and boiled them for 15 minutes, then shredded it once it cooled down. If you don’t have the time or aren’t up for that you can absolutely use rotisserie chicken from the store. I just prefer to use plain chicken cooked in salted water because it doesn’t hold as much flavor as the rotisserie chicken and it will really bring out the other flavors in the salad from the fruits, vegetables, nuts and dressing that get mixed in.

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Chicken Salad in Radicchio Cups

Looking to lighten up your lunches or dinners!? Don’t miss out on these healthier, lighter and slightly exotic chicken salad in radicchio cups. Trust me, by ditching the carbs you won’t be disappointed, you will be satisfied!

Prep:
15
min
cook:
15
min
total:
30
min
Author:

Michelle

Ingredients

For the Chicken Salad: 

  • 2 Chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • ¼ Cup celery root, cut in matchsticks
  • ½ Cup green grapes, cut in quarters
  • ¼ Cup celery, sliced
  • ½ Cup green apple, cut in matchsticks
  • Candied pecans (recipe to follow)
  • Radicchio Cups for serving

For the Candied Pecans: 

  • ½ Cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • Few pinches of cayenne pepper

For the Dressing: 

  • 4 TBSP mayo
  • 1 TBSP coarse dijon mustard
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • ½ TSP salt
  • ¼ TSP black pepper
Instructions
  1. Start by making your candied pecans by adding ½ cup chopped pecans to a pot over medium to low heat. Add in your 2 TBSP honey, pinch of salt and a few pinches of cayenne pepper. Mix everything together and heat for 5 minutes. Transfer candied pecans to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let sit out until hardened. Once hardened, break pecans into pieces to separate.
  2. Bring salted water to a boil. Once boiling add your chicken breasts and boil over medium heat for 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Once it is cooked through, remove from water and let cool.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, make your dressing. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Set in the fridge to cool.
  4. Cut your grapes in quarters, slice your celery and cut your apple in matchsticks and cut your celery root into matchsticks. Set all aside.
  5. Chicken should be cooled by this point, shred your chicken Set aside.
  6. Combine prepared: chicken, celery, celery root, grapes, apple and candied pecans in a bowl. Pour over half of your dressing and mix. Once mixed add a little more dressing to your liking if needed. Make sure that the salad is not too liquidy. Set aside.
  7. Carefully remove your radicchio leaves from the radicchio head. You want the full leaf because you want full cups. Tear off as many as you would like/need.
  8. Scoop a generous amount of chicken salad from the bowl and add to your radicchio cups. Garnish with dill if desired.
  9. ENJOY!
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Kevin
October 19, 2021
So delicious!