Things were not going well for my summer cookout at all! I had invited Mr. Perkins, my boss, over one fine sunny day in June along with some close friends for a fun little get together. It was an important day, and if it hadn’t been for a special chicken dish, it may have ended in disaster.
It was vastly important for me that everything went off perfectly at my cookout. I was in line for a big promotion and this was my one chance to give Mr. Perkins a great impression of me as a person. I bought the most expensive cuts of meat and went over the 13 Best Grilling Recipes that I kept bookmarked on my computer. When I had my recipe selected, my wife asked me the question that would ultimately save our party: “Do you want me to make chicken salad?” Maggy made the best chicken salad of anyone I had ever met, and I was quite the connoisseur of chicken salads. “Absolutely, please!” I told her.
The guests arrived and I was grilling a large steak and some sausages, feeling confident that everything was going to work out perfectly. All was well until Mr. Perkins came up behind me. “You know, I don’t eat red meat,” he said quietly. My stomach dropped a few feet inside of me. “I hope you have something else to grill for me,” he continued, smiling confidently, “You’re always the prepared one.” I nodded and forced a smile. What was I to do? I didn’t have anything else to grill at all.
Just when I was about to close my grill and run to the store, my wife came out onto the porch from the kitchen with a huge bowl of chicken salad. She placed the bowl directly in front of Mr. Perkins, as then as if by divine providence said, “I hope you like it Mr. Perkins. I made it just for you.” Mr. Perkins took his first bite and a wide smile appeared on his face. “By George,” he said, looking back and forth between Maggy and me, “this is the best chicken salad ever! You get the position, my good man! What thinking on your feet to make that for me on the spot like this!”
Now you can try Maggy’s Best Chicken Salad Ever recipe for yourself:
- 4 chicken leg quarters, boiled or roasted, meat removed and cut into chunks
- 1 can (8-ounce) pineapple tidbits, drained
- 1 cup frozen peas, parboiled and chilled
- 1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts
- mayonnaise, to taste
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with enough mayonnaise to make it moist.
- Grind in some black pepper and add salt to taste.