Chicken Salad with Cherries Recipe

Chicken Salad with Cherries Recipe
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 4-1/2 cups diced smoked chicken
  2. 1-1/2 cups diced celery
  3. 2-1/4 cups diced sweet onions
  4. 2-1/4 cups chopped dried tart cherries
  5. 1-1/2 cups toasted pecan pieces
  6. 1/2 cup minced fresh basil
  7. 2 cups mayonnaise
  8. 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  9. 1 teaspoon fresh orange peel
  10. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  11. 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken, celery, onion, cherries, pecans, basil, mayonnaise, orange juice, orange peel, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl; stir gently until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. To prepare sandwiches: Place bread on work surface, spread 12 slices of bread with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise each. Spread other 12 slices with 3/4 cup(about 6 ounces) chicken salad per slice. Top chicken salad with bibb lettuce, close sandwiches; slice in half diagonally and serve.
  3. Makes 12 sandwiches; 9 cups (72 ounces) chicken salad.
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