Making chicken salad similar to the one served at Jason's Deli involves mixing cooked chicken with mayonnaise, pineapple, almond slivers and seasoning. Jason's Deli serves the chicken salad as part of the "Build Your Own Sandwich" menu, though serving it on a bed of lettuce is also possible.
Jason's Deli's chicken salad starts with a base of cooked chicken. If using a whole rotisserie chicken, remove the skin and visible fat before taking the meat off the bone and shredding it. Alternatively, use a 12-ounce can of chunk chicken breast, or 1 1/2 pounds of cooked and shredded chicken breast.
In a bowl, combine the shredded chicken with 1/2 cup of drained crushed pineapple and 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. For a low-calorie version of the chicken salad, substitute Miracle Whip light for the mayonnaise. Add 1/4 cup of almond slivers, and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. If desired, add 2 tablespoons of spicy brown mustard for extra flavoring.
As made, the recipe yields eight servings. For best results, cover the salad, and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving it. The salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up the three days.
The Jason's Deli version of the chicken salad contains 320 calories, 24 grams of fat and 14 grams of protein. A homemade version contains roughly 284 calories, 16.2 grams of fat and 23.5 grams of protein.