Smoky Chicken Salad

Smoky Chicken Salad

Lightly smoked breasts make a delicious chicken salad for sandwiches or served with lettuce and fruit. Picture depicts chicken before mayonnaise was added for clarity.
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  • Serves: 20 persons



  1. Step 1

    Boil chicken breasts in a pot filled with water until no longer pink in the centers and juices run clear, about 40 minutes.
  2. Step 2

    While chicken finishes boiling, preheat an outdoor charcoal grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Place approximately 10 coals off to one side and light; coals are ready when they have some white dust.
  3. Step 3

    Add hickory chips to a container or on aluminum foil on top of coals. Place chicken breasts onto the preheated grill as far away from the heat as possible.
  4. Step 4

    Smoke chicken just until a light smoke is apparent, no more than 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate to cool, about 10 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Dice each chicken breast; sprinkle with pepper and celery salt. Place diced celery and red onion in a large bowl; add chicken 3 breasts at a time, sprinkling with 1 pinch caraway seeds and mixing well after each addition. Stir in mayonnaise. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.