It was love at first bite, when I tried Giovanna’s chicken salad, and I just couldn’t stop eating it! Giovanna is from Brazil, and her mom has taught her how to make this delicious salad, which can be enjoyed in a number of ways. The chicken salad is tasty as a sandwich filling, but you can also serve it alongside fresh vegetables as a dip. My favorite pairing is the one shown in the photos in this post: Rye + Sea Salt crackers from Hungry Bird Eats topped with chicken salad and a piece of avocado.
Brazilian Creme de leite is a kind of very thick cream. You get the best results if you manage to find a can of Creme de leite at your grocery store or in a Brazilian specialty store, but you can also use sour cream or crème fraiche as a substitute. If you are using crème fraiche, you might want to mix in a couple of tablespoons of regular heavy cream to get a less compact texture.
This portion is very big, and great to bring to a potluck. If you are only making the chicken salad for 2-4 people, make ¼ portion.