One of my favorite places on earth is Ocean City, New Jersey. I've been visiting there since my childhood, whether it was for a summer vacation, a quick day trip, or just a weekend getaway. The town is charming and very family oriented, with pretty beaches, an amazing boardwalk, and is home to 10 cent skeeball, where I score 100s like nobody's business and even earned the high score on one of the machines!
There's a main strip tucked away in downtown OCNJ called Asbury Avenue, full of great restaurants and shopping. One day we stumbled upon a cute little place, called Jon & Patty's Coffee Bar & Bistro on Asbury. It is a family owned restaurant that is perfectly quaint and cozy, with mismatched chair colors, floral draperies, and walls lined with paintings for sale that the owner's kids created. My mom bought me two of the paintings for my birthday one year which are now hanging in my apartment so I can always feel a little bit of Ocean City magic in my own home.
The menu at Jon & Patty's is diverse, fresh, seasonal, fairly healthy and everything I've tried has been delicious. So many items they offer can be prepared gluten free, including the "killer chicken quesadillas", and chicken salad wrap, to name a few of my favorites. I've even ordered a second meal for dinner to take home with me while eating lunch because I love it that much.
Our trips to OCNJ are no longer complete complete unless a visit to Jon & Patty's is on the agenda. I've really fallen in love with their nutty chicken salad, so I've created my own spin on on it to enjoy year round from miles and miles away.
This chicken salad is everything you dream of - a little sweet, a little savory, a little crunchy and a lot of deliciousness!
I enjoy using a rotisserie chicken because sometimes I find myself snacking on it fresh and warm from the store, searching for a way to use up the rest after it's cold. It's already prepared and full of flavor, so it's a wonderful base to any meal. You can also substitute the rotisserie with cooked chicken breasts or even dark meat. You can choose to omit the nuts if you are allergic, or skip the craisins if you are avoiding added sugar. Versatility is the name of the game and you can't go wrong.
Here's how you can make it!
- Rotisserie chicken (or cooked chicken breasts/thighs of choice)
- 2-3 stalks of scallions, diced
- 1/4 of a small red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup craisins
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- Cut chicken into small cubes and place into a mixing bowl.
- Add in scallions, red onion, craisins, and almonds. Toss together.
- Add in mayo and mix all ingredients until fully incorporated. You may need to add slightly more mayo than the recipe calls for depending on the amount of chicken used.
- Sprinkle in the pepper and give it one more toss.
- Serve over lettuce, GF bread or eat straight from the bowl!
Tip: This recipe works best when the chicken has fully cooled to prevent the mayo from thinning out.