Fruity Chicken Salad with Cinnamon Raisin Bread & Week 38 Pregnancy Update

by Divine Domesticity on May 27th, 2009

Greetings from pregnancy land! I will be 38 weeks along this Friday, which is when I am scheduled to go in for my next sonogram to find out if this baby is still transverse (sideways) or if he has moved into some other silly position. If he is sideways or breach, we'll go ahead and schedule a c-section for next week I am guessing. Woo boy! I am so not ready! 

I had really hoped to go into labor on my own by now and be able to try for a VBAC, but so far it doesn't look like it is in the cards. Your second child, they tell me, is often larger than your first. Well, my first was almost 10 pounds! She was just too big and I ended up with an emergency c-section with her, and she initially had scary breathing problems because of my horrendous 25 hour labor. My terrible birth experience with her does leave me leaning towards wanting to do a c-section with baby #2, but we'll see what ultimately happens. 

I will be sure to update with a quick note when there is news.

So, onto the food. I have SO MANY recipes that I've made the last few months, but I don't have any pictures to go with them. My apologies for that, but my kitchen has essentially been packed away in boxes for the past 2 years, and that does make it a challenge.   

This Fruity Chicken Salad is a great treat to keep stashed in the fridge during the week when you need something quick to fill you up. I often eat chicken salad with crackers in a pinch. I also love to add curry powder and any kind of chutney/preserves to give things a twist, but listed below is a non-curry/non-chutney chicken salad.

I saw on television a few weeks back that a cafe used cinnamon raisin bread for their chicken salad sandwiches. I have paired my fruity chicken salad recipe with cinnamon raisin bread here, but if you feel that would be too much sweetness for you, go for a hearty bread or croissant instead. Enjoy!

Fruity Chicken Salad with Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Makes 4-6 servings

3 cups cooked chicken, diced, seasoned very well with salt and pepper
1 cup celery, thinly sliced (I omitted)
1/2 cup onion, minced (I used a blend of dried, minced regular onions and green onions)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup dried cranberries, my addition, not called for in original recipe
1 cup seedless grapes, sliced
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup pineapple pieces, my addition, not called for in original recipe
1/2 cup toasted sliced or whole almonds
Bread of choice - I recommend croissants or cinnamon raisin bread for a special treat, toasted or regular
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large salad bowl blend together chicken, celery, onions, lemon juice, mayo, dried cranberries and grapes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

2. Just prior to serving add oranges, pineapple, and almonds, tossing gently to avoid breaking the oranges.

3. Serve with bread of choice.

Recipe adapted from 


JenJames said...

Oh my goodness I didn't realize you were so far along! Wishing you a smooth delivery!

Rachel said...

I had an emergency c-section with my first and a scheduled c-section with my second. From my experience, the recovery from the scheduled c-section is so much easier than the emergency night and day!

Best of luck with a smooth and happy delivery! :)

Ali said...

Thanks JenJames and Rachel :)

That is a good point Rachel. After I had my emergency csection I had been in so much incredible pain for so LONG that I was nearly out of my mind, and totally exhausted. A scheduled csection would be a totally different experience. Thanks for the encouragement!

Barbara said...

C'mon little guy, turn the right way for your mama! I hope that no matter what happens, you have a safe delivery and a healthy baby boy.

Anonymous said...

I love fun twists on chicken salad! One of my favorites is pineapple chicken salad, but this sounds delicious as well, especially served on cinnamon raisin bread!
Oh and good luck with your pregnancy!

nanny said...

Oh My! Hope everything goes smoothly and you are back in blog land soon.
Thinking of you!

My Boaz's Ruth said...

Good luck. You're a wonderful mother no matter how the baby comes into the world!

Elyse said...

Ooo, fruity chicken salad sounds awesome!! I love the combination of sweet and savory. Delish! So glad to hear that the pregnancy is going well. I'm going to cross my fingers that the baby has changed positions!

Deidra said...

Oh my! Sounds so yummy!

I guess I've been away for awhile. How did it get to be 38 weeks?!?! What a mixed bag of emotions, huh? Both of my children were born via C-section...emergency first time, scheduled the second time. I don't even remember the recovery because I was in awe of the beautiful babies each time!

Prayers that all goes well. Be blessed...all of you!

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