This Chicken Salad Christmas Tree idea has been so popular that I’ve decided to make an instructive video for it. You can use this idea and make other holiday salads as well, as I have done in the past.
📝 FYI, it may seem like I’m cutting the chicken on newspaper, LOL, but actually it’s a Newsprint Parchment Paper that I saw at one of the burger places. I liked it so much that I asked for a few papers for my cooking purposes.
PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW
A couple of years ago, I was cooking a Christmas dinner and had a leftover chicken salad that I wanted to somehow use for the table. But the chicken salad is not “fancy” enough to serve to guests. So the idea of making it into a tree with a star on it popped into my head. No tools needed as you can see. All you need is two hands and a plastic wrap, which makes shaping easier.
My Hubby said that I will get grief from using a “newspaper” under the rotisserie chicken in the video. Well, it’s not a newspaper! It’s a food-safe paper that I got from our local burger joint! I just loved it so much how they serve burgers on top of it and asked for a few to use as my props.
This salad is made to be adjustable! It’s absolutely delicious on its own, but in order for it to be shaped and stand – it can’t swim in mayo! It has to have a certain consistency as you see in the video. Unfortunately, every rotisserie chicken is different in size. Some are small, like the one I’m using from Publix in the video. It’s one of our favorites as far as taste is concerned! Lemon-pepper and BBQ flavor are what we usually get. Costco’s rotisseries are HUGE and you can make a Tall and Large – Chicken Salad Christmas Tree! Just double the ingredients. Add more mayo, or cream cheese, or Greek yogurt. Adjust it to your taste!
You can make this salad a day before and cover it with plastic wrap. The chicken salad will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
My very first tree from Christmas Dinner 2015!
3 Salad Trees: Chicken, Crab, and Shrimp
Chicken: used Costco’s canned chicken, celery, green onions, chives, dill, cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and olive oil
Crab: canned Real crab meat, celery, green onions, chives, dill, cream cheese, lemon juice, Yum-Yum sauce.
Shrimp: diced shrimp from The Fresh Market, celery, green onions, chives, parsley, cream cheese, lemon juice, Yum-Yum sauce, Wasabi sauce
All encrusted in crushed pecans, hazelnuts, panco flavored bread crumbs, dill, and parsley.
The same idea just forgot to add very important stars to top the tree, oh well…happens. I was making so many dishes, just overlooked some details.
I love experimenting in the kitchen and this is how I’ve learned how to cook. I have never taken any classes or watched cooking videos much. I do enjoy them when I have a chance, but always so busy. The ideas just pop into my head, can’t take all of the credit. But the reality is very different than our imagination. This idea worked – Perfectly – as you can see!
- 1½ Cup Cooked Chicken, diced
- ⅓ Cup Onion, diced
- ⅓ Cup or 1 Celery stalk, diced
- 1 tsp. Dill, or your favorite herb
- ⅓ Cup Mayo
- 1 Tbsp. Whipped Cream Cheese
- 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
- ½ tsp. Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp Salt and Pepper, or to taste
- Tree Embellishments:
- ⅓ Cup Colorful Bell Peppers, diced
- 1 tsp. Dill, or your favorite herb
- ½ Cup Pecans
- In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients listed to a smooth consistency.
- Lay a piece of plastic wrap on top of your workspace.
- Scoop out the chicken salad and wrap it around.
- With your hands shape the chicken salad into a tree.
- Refrigerate for one hour.
- Prepare the embellishment plate, bell peppers, dill, and pecans.
- Unwrap the tree and cover it with the pecans mix.
- Use a cookie cutter and cut out a bell pepper star.
- With a toothpick attach the star on top of your tree.
- Embellish the serving plate as you like.
- Transfer your tree on to a serving plate.
- The chicken salad will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.