If you’re in a ‘what’s for lunch/dinnertime…?!?’ jam – a store bought rotisserie chicken can be your best friend. With a few pantry staple items and a bit of chopping, you can whip up a couple of delicious and doable dishes that your whole gang will gobble up! Click here to watch my segment on Rogers IN Studio.

Fruit and Nut Chicken Salad 

Kick up your chicken salad game with a few pantry staple items. I love the sweet and savoury flavour combo of this salad.

1 (2lb.) store bought cooked rotisserie chicken

1 apple, chopped (well washed and skin left on)

1/2 cup (125 mL) roughly chopped walnuts 

½ cup (125 mL) California Raisins (click here for more sweet and savoury recipes using California Raisins)

⅓ cup (75 mL) each; chopped green onion and chopped celery 

¼ cup (60 mL) each; chopped fresh mint and chopped fresh tarragon (if you can’t find fresh tarragon – you can use 2 tsp (10 mL) dried tarragon leaves).


3/4 cup (175 mL) mayonnaise (or plain Greek style yogurt)

1 tbsp (15 mL) grainy Dijon mustard

zest and juice of one lemon

½ tsp (2 mL) salt

¼ tsp (1 mL) pepper

Remove chicken from bones (I eat most of the skin too!) and chop in bite size pieces. Place all salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir together dressing ingredients and toss with salad until well combined. Makes about 6 cups (1.5 L).

Serve on a bed of greens, on a massive ciabatta bun or in a lettuce wrap. Enjoy!  

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Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers IN StudioRogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning Live and Breakfast Television sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys; Tyler & Colgan.

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