The Story Behind Matt's Famous:
Chicken Salad with Fresh Dill
As Told By: Mindy Fitzpatrick
The Chicken Salad Story
One request at all family celebrations is Matt's Smoked Trout Salad. It is exceptionally good. Simple and with trout we catch and Matt would smoke. He created it years ago and it always brings rave reviews. We wanted to add it to the menu at the market a few years ago. The problem was the expense and availability of fresh caught speckled trout. So we factored using our boat, gas, time trying and seasonal guidelines and we added up all the costs. It would have resulted in an item that would be wicked expensive. We could never catch enough and we have limited time to fish. We started thinking chicken. Easy to get and always available at a workable cost. Matt figured he would do the same flavor he does for the smoked trout except no smoke, red onion, or capers. The rest of the recipe would stay the same, except double the fresh dill, and we would test it to see if it was worth offering. After making the very first batch we thought it was better than any we had ever had. It worked perfect. So we immediately added it to the regular menu and it did not take long for it to become super popular. The problem was keeping pace with the sudden and growing demand. From start to finish it took several hours just to cook the chicken, let it cool, and then have several staff members shred it by hand just to have it ready to make into chicken salad. One short cut we learned from our friend Ruamie Sherrill Perri is to use one of our Hobart Mixers to shred the chicken. That has saved us a ton of time and keeps the shredded chicken consistent. We have grown to the point we need over 200 pounds of chicken daily just for chicken salad, (over 1000 pounds during the 4th of July weekend alone), And a whole lot of dill. Thanks for making our Chicken Salad with Fresh Dill a best seller every day. Thanks to our staff for keeping it as good and consistent every batch.
Chicken Salad Secrets
The Secret to our tasty trademarked Chicken Salad is consistency and quality! We use only the highest quality Chicken Breasts that we roast here in our kitchen. Then a slelected staff goes through the process of shredding and preparing the roasted chicken for the salad. The same quality ingredients are added each time and mixed by hand. A long but rewarding process that has turned non believers of Chicken Salad into fanatics!
More Than Just a Salad...
The possibilities are endless with our Chicken Salad! Try it as an appetizer for the holidays! Top it with cranberry relish and watch your guests be intrigued with the flavor. Try a scoop of it on our fresh baked Foccacia bread from Famous Bakery. We even have the perfect chip for scooping. Our Mamasita's Chips from Newport,NC are a match made in heaven. No matter how you try our Chicken Salad with Fresh Dill, just remember to just sit back and enjoy!