This Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes recipe is simple, but the taste is anything but simple. It has layers of flavors and textures. You get the hearty texture of the chicken, brightness from the lemon, the fresh and fragrant basil, a slight bite from the onion, and a huge juicy burst of sweetness from the grapes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Drizzle a little bit of Olive Oil and rub it all around. Then sprinkle all sides of chicken with Salt & Pepper and roast in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Cool Chicken. Once cool, cut chicken into bite size pieces. Add to a medium-large bowl for mixing.
Finely Dice onion and add to the chicken.
Halve the grapes and add to the chicken.
To a small mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise.
Zest the lemon with the small end of a grater or lemon zester. Add the zest to the mayonnaise. Then halve the lemon and squeeze the juice from one half into the mayonnaise (be careful no seeds fall in).
Layer basil leafs and slice into thin strips and measure 2 Tbls. Add to mayonnaise. Add just a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper. Mix all ingredients into the mayonnaise. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
Pour the dressing over the chicken, onions, and grapes and fold it in until completely mixed through and combined. Taste again for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired. Serve and Enjoy!!