Delicious rotisserie chicken salad made with lemon pepper rotisserie chicken for more flavor and tenderness. For a little crunch and a flavor pop, I added some pecans, onions, lemon pepper seasoning, and some fresh lemon zest.
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Summer is here!
And, by that I mean the fact that the school is out and now, my little man is running around screaming that it’s summer vacation. I don’t know about you, but no matter when the calendar tells me about the fist day of summer, the actual first day of summer around here starts on the day school ends.
It makes sense, right? The weather is beautiful and quite hot at times, sun is shining, and kids are home for the summer. What other indication do I need that it’s time to hit the pool, hit the beach, or just throw a few burgers on the barbecue for dinner? So if your county ends school before June starts, don’t be afraid to welcome summer with open arms.
I’m also seeing signs of summer being here in the nature just as much as inside my home. Besides the hot weather being here, it’s “raining” baby bids.
Beginning of summer, usually means that the birds a busy feeding their newly hatched babies, and some of those babies just can’t stay inside the nest. (Oh, how I wish they would.) We are renting space to a couple of bird parents yet again. It seems like our house has something welcoming about it because we have a couple of Mockingbirds who built a nest in our bushes, right by the walkway to out front door.
All was fine and peaceful until one morning, I walked out and saw that their nest must have been hit by a neighborhood, four-legged predator. Babies were on the ground and one even in the middle of the walkway. What is another mom to do but save those babies and put them back in its nest? (I read a lot about it and birds actually have a very poor sense of smell and don’t recognize their babies by the smell. It is fine to pick them up and put the back gently and quickly.) That is exactly what I did, not knowing how protective, territorial, and aggressive Mockingbirds actually are. Mom and dad did not care why I was touching their babies, they came after me all the same. And now, every time we walk out of our front door, mom and dad fly at us, screaming. Understandable but really, I just want to make sure the babies are okay! I am happy to see that mom and dad keep taking care of the babies though.
- 1 lemon pepper rotisserie chicken
- ⅔ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup chopped green onion
- 1½ tsp lemon pepper seasoning
- Zest from ½ large lemon
- ⅓ cup mayo
- 3 Tbsp sour cream
- Salt to taste (beware that lemon pepper seasoning contains salt, so make sure to taste chicken salad first, before adding more salt.)
- Break down the rotisserie chicken and take off all meat. Discard all the bones and fat. You can choose to keep the skin, mince it and add it to the salad. (I like to sear the skin until the fat is all rendered and skin is crispy.)
- Dice chicken meat and add it to the mixing bowl.
- Add chopped green onion, pecans, lemon pepper seasoning, and lemon zest. Mix well.
- Add mayo and sour cream, mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
- Keep refrigerated, in an air-tight container.
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