I make lots of Chicken salads in the summer, usually loaded up with something fun or special…but every now and then I get a craving for a good old fashioned chicken salad. A few years back I was introduced to Costco’s Chicken Salad by my sister in law. My gosh, did it ever hit the spot and it’s crazy good. But I couldn’t help but think it would be so easy to make a Copycat Costco Chicken Salad at home.
Ok – we’ve had a couple of cooler days here in Minnesota, and I recently made a lot of my Grilled Blackened Cajun Chicken Breasts so I could use them to spin off several easy peasy meals that would be perfect for hot summer days. And I made a few but then I deviated! I couldn’t resist making these gorgeous Creamy Cajun Stuffed Shells with that final bit of chicken. I’m so excited about them I couldn’t hold off for a more appropriate season – these are probably going down as one of my most fave recipes ever on my site!
What actually makes this Sensational Cajun Chicken Salad Cajun? It’s the Grilled Blackened Cajun Chicken Breasts but beyond that, I’ve used the kind of old-fashioned but always good Sensational Salad Dressing (it has Romano cheese in it) that hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While a salad like this isn’t the traditional way to use the dressing, that dressing does make this salad sensational!
I fell for it – even as I clicked on the link, I just knew things would end badly. How could it not? The title was “Grandma thinks she has 3 cats until grandson notices this!” Well about 27 clicks later, and I kept clicking because I kept thinking I HAD to be close, they just morphed into a story about someone that had a dog that turned out to be a bear and another family whose dog was actually a fox. Now I will never know what the cat actually was or what happened to Grandma. But let’s just focus on what I do know. I know how good these Grilled Blackened Cajun Chicken Breasts are!
So is it hot where you are? My gosh, it’s like Hades up here in Minnesota, you betcha, and we’re really not used to high 80’s to 90-degree weather on a regular basis. A little in August maybe but I’m just about dying. And while I’d love to be out grilling something, I’m like “No thank you! I’m staying inside, baby.” Instead, I’m posting this super simple (although it looks fancy) Three Ingredient Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Chicken Breasts.