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The Secret Ingredient That Will Change Your Chicken Salad Forever
In a recipe shared by The Pioneer Woman, celebrity chef Ree Drummond explained that a chicken salad could be customized with any sort of mix-ins as long as you start with a solid base. However, it's actually the addition of brown sugar that elevates the flavors in a chicken salad.
Brown sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the flavors of the rest of the ingredients, but consider your mix-ins before adding it to your chicken salad, because a little goes a long way. If you're planning to use ingredients that are more on the sweet side, you may want to be conservative with the amount of brown sugar you add.
Drummond's recipe calls for 1 to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar mixed in with ½ cup of mayo, ½ cup of yogurt, and the juice of a lemon. Unless you're going for sweet rather than a balance of sweet and savory, she advises against going over the recommended 2 tablespoons.