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Venezuelan Chicken Salad (Ensalada de gallina)

A must in the Venezuelan Christmas and New Years' tables, this chicken salad is also served at weddings, christenings, and communions. Once you make this recipe, you will forget about the rest: this is heaven on earth.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Salads, Side Dish
Cuisine: Venezuelan
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: how to make Venezuelan chicken salad, how to make Venezuelan Christmas salad, how to make Venezuelan ensalada de gallina, Venezuelan chicken salad recipe, Venezuelan Christmas salad recipe, Venezuelan ensalada de gallina recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 373kcal
Author: Elsy Marcano de Mata


  • 4 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups carrots diced
  • 2 cups fresh peas you can use canned, but I prefer frozen ones. Reserve 1/4 cup for garnish.
  • 2 tablespoons onion finely chopped
  • 2 cups green apple peeled and diced
  • 4 cups chicken breasts cooked and finely shredded (about 2 chicken breasts)
  • Salt
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 garlic clove puréed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  • In a steamer, cook the potatoes with a pinch of salt until they are soft but firm. Reserve.
  • In the same pot, steam the carrots with a pinch of salt until they are cooked but firm. Reserve.
  • In the same pot, cook frozen peas with a pinch of salt until they are soft but firm. Reserve.
  • Mix the potatoes, carrots, peas, onion, apples, and chicken in a large salad bowl, and carefully combine.
  • In a bowl, make the dressing by mixing well the mayo, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, and garlic, until it gets a creamy consistency.
  • Dress the salad and combine. Garnish with the reserved peas.



Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3804IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg