Chicken Salad- Ellie Pavlik’s Famous Recipe

Submitted by Lori Martell:  “I FINALLY got a written copy of mom’s recipe.  I love her chicken salad…here you go if you want to share with AHA!”


  • 2 or 3 whole chicken breasts
  • Celery
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream
  • Small can of mandarin oranges…drained
  • Walnuts or pecans…chopped


  • Place chicken breasts in pot & cover with water…boil until fork tender (about 45 minutes)…remove from pot and remove chicken skin…cover in a container and refrigerate.
  • When chicken is cool, remove from bones and cube in a large bowl.
  • Finely chop and add one stick of celery.
  • Mix in mandarin oranges & nuts.
  • Mix about 3 tablespoons of mayo with 3 tablespoons of sour cream.  Pour over the chicken & other ingredients and mix well.  If too dry, mix in equal amounts of mayo & sour cream.