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Reader Recipe: Chicken Salad in Celery Ribs

Whenever I find myself in need of creative inspiration, I simply look to the Kitchen Goddess group. This week, I came across a killer app — mini celery boats stuffed with chicken salad and peas. I'm thinking these would make a great appetizer to bring to my next book club, since they're bite sized and not too messy. Apparently, I'm spot on: Jenious says they're such a big hit at gatherings that she always doubles the recipe. To make these for your next get-together,


Submitted by TeamSugar member Jenious

Chicken Salad with Peas in Celery Ribs

Chicken Salad with Peas in Celery Ribs

Chicken Salad with Peas in Celery Ribs


8 wide celery ribs, trimmed
1/3 cup cream cheese (2 ounces), softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
2 teaspoons finely chopped tarragon
2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 pound cooked chicken breast, finely chopped or shredded
1/2 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


Using a vegetable peeler, peel the celery ribs so they sit flat, then cut them on the diagonal into 1-inch lengths. In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese with the mayonnaise, lemon juice, basil, tarragon, parsley and lemon zest. Add the chicken, peas, and onion and stir gently until just combined. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the chicken salad onto each piece of celery.

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PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I've had something like this before and it was pretty good.
jenious jenious 7 years
ilanac13, I have the perfect blue cheese recipe for you! Actually a couple. Do you not eat meat?
jenious jenious 7 years
Hey the red and green pepper "boats" would be super festive! Great idea!
katie171 katie171 7 years
Mmmm, this looks tasty. I'll definitely try it!
SugarCat SugarCat 7 years
Looks yummy!
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
Also, make the "boats" out of cucumber, red/yellow/orange bell pepper, zucchini, red/white cabbage leaves, any lettuce leaves, small tomatoes cut in half and scooped, etc.
jenious jenious 7 years
It's also yummy on little toasts or bagel chips. You can also use endive leaves, which are pretty.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
I love chicken salad, but I'm not a big fan of celery. I'm weird about food textures.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i've always loved finding things to do with celery -it's such a great food and it'll hold just about anything that you put in it...without really taking away from any flavors. it's got a crispness to it that's just amazing. thanks for sharing this recipe - although i don't eat what's in this one, i can appreciate the thought, and it's inspiring me to go home and make some celery w/ blue cheese in it.
atsirK atsirK 7 years
they look fab!
mominator mominator 7 years
I think I might have to use this creative recipe. Love homemade chicken salad and what a neat way to display it. Thanks!
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