I use a chopper or food processor to chop this chicken salad up lickety-split! The tastiness comes from a few flavorful friends in the pantry: pitted kalamata olives (but any olive would work) and giardiniera; an Italian style mix of pickled vegetables.
I like to chop this chicken salad in a chopper or food processor. It makes a nice texture that holds together on a sandwich.
Add olives, giardiniera, parsley to food processor. Break the chicken into about 1 1/2 inch pieces and add on top of the vegetable mixture. Pulse to chop the vegetables and chicken.
Pour the chicken mixture into a bowl and add mayonnaise, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Stir to mix.
I like to serve this chicken salad on ciabatta buns that are split, drizzled with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and toasted.
Giardiniera usually contains a mix of pickled carrots, peppers, cauliflower, celery, olives etc. that are packed in a brine. You can find it in mild or hot versions. At the grocery store it's usually stocked where you would find jars of pickles, olives and roasted peppers. (There is sometimes a "Chicago" style version that is packed in oil. I don't use that type for this particular recipe - but this style is awesome on hot dogs!)
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Italian Style Chicken Salad https://www.epicuricloud.com/italian-style-chicken-salad/ September 3, 2019