I was obsessed with this chicken salad when it was served at Long John Silvers in the late '80s. It was eventually removed from the menu and massive cravings led me to develop my own formula and reproduce it at home. The smokehouse almonds are the secret ingredient. I have tried it with both mayonnaise and Miracle Whip but the Miracle Whip is much more authentic. Sweet, smoky and super tasty!
- Toss the first five ingredients together until the almond chips coat all of the ingredients.
- Fold in the Miracle Whip and blend well.
- Chill for a minimum of an hour before serving in order to let the flavors develop (cooking time is actually chill time).
- Serve a large scoop on a bed of lettuce with buttery crackers.
I love chicken salads and have them for lunch quite often. This one was very good. My attention was drawn to it because of the lovely picture. I am so glad because my husband and I both enjoyed this very much. The smoked almonds really are a key ingredient and give this a unique flavor. Thanks for sharing it.
THis was a very interesting deviation from your regular chicken salad. Be warned- it is very sweet. I have made it a few times, and I prefer Hellman's, no raisins and unsweetened pineapple. The pineapple and smoked almonds are a great combination, and it is quite addictive.