Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits.
You know the whole dramatic what-would-your-last-meal-be question?
I’ve found a new answer. A huuuuuuge new answer.
And you’re looking at it.
Yeah, I mean, in true Jessica fashion it’s probably only my favorite thing until my next favorite thing appears but really, this is so fantastically delicious that I can hardly stand to look at it anymore.
There was a moment in 1993 when I really loved my hair crimper. Yes, my mom said it (and a subsequent perm) made me look like Roseanne Barr, but it didn’t stop me from AGAIN buying a hair crimper when I was like 21 or something. “They” say that hair crimping is cyclical, and that’s kind of how I also feel about pimento cheese.
At least in my life. For the past year, I’ve wanted to pimento cheese all the things things (and thankfully, none of the hair crimpers).
Pimento cheese is now a verb, so feel free to hate me.
Oh these biscuits. They have a story to tell.
I had planned on sharing something deliciously fried and biscuity for months now, a little bite that you could serve at your 30 second kentucky derby party. Honey butter biscuits and lightly fried chicken and tons of arugula for the perfect taste.
I had the most terrible fails in the kitchen ever. I don’t even know what my fried chicken looked like, but it wasn’t good. I soaked some in buttermilk and did the flakey flour crumb thing. I’ve done it before so I know it works.
I tried crusting it in tortilla chips (which I’ve also done before) but that was also a major fail. Eddie thought that the chicken pieces I made actually looked like biscuits (and not in a good way) so it just wasn’t happening.
And it didn’t sound as great anymore either, after seeing the atrocious mess. So I did something else.
Enter: PIMENTO CHEESE CHICKEN SALAD.
Not sure if I will ever make any other chicken salad as long as I live. It’s chicken salad tossed with tons of white cheddar, pimentos, bacon, some greek yogurt and mayo, lots of flavor and piled on top of arugula. Then covered with bread and butter pickles. ALL on top of that honey butter biscuit I wanted oh-so badly.
This might be my favorite thing that I’ve made in 2016. The freaking flavor is unreal. There is every texture imaginable with a touch of sweet, savory, crunchy and flakey.
These are my weekend dream, summertime picnic dream, spring garden party dream. I’m in it.
You can make all of the pieces to the sandwich ahead of time, but you probably know that biscuits taste best when they are fresh. Even if you skip the whole biscuit part, you need to try some pimento cheese chicken salad on toast.
Preferably topped with potato chips, because sandwiches shouldn’t be eaten any other way.
BUT. Good news.
The biscuits can be made in a half hour – probably less if you’re familiar with biscuits. I don’t love baking and am not a baker at heart, but biscuits always win because they are super simple. So buttery and flakey and the desired vehicle for all of the chicken salad plus pimento cheese.
So really. How is lunch today even going to compare?!
Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits
honey butter biscuits
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into tiny pieces
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon honey
pimento cheese chicken salad
- 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- 1 (4-ounce) jar pimentos, drained
- 2/3 cup finely grated white cheddar cheese
- 2/3 cup plain greek yogurt, I recommend whole or 2%, but do what ya want!
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 4 cups arugula, for serving
- bread and butter pickles, for serving
honey butter biscuits
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Using a fork, pastry blender or your hands, add the cold butter pieces to the flour and mix until coarse little crumbles remain. I use my hands and mix for almost 5 minutes. Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk, stirring with a large spoon until just combined, not overmixing. Use your hands if needed to bring the dough together – I did.
- Pat dough into a circle that is about 1 1/2 inches thick. This will make TALL biscuits! Using a biscuit/cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds and place on a nonstick baking sheet. You may need to bring the dough together and flatten it more to get the last few biscuits. Additionally, you could also just drop large spoonfuls of batter on the baking sheet and form them that way.
- Bake the biscuits for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are golden and high. Whisk together the melted butter and honey. Remove from the oven and brush the honey butter all over the biscuits, then let them cool slightly.
pimento cheese chicken salad
- In a large bowl, toss the shredded chicken with the salt, pepper and paprika. Toss in the bacon, onions, garlic, pimentos and cheese, stirring until evenly distributed. Whisk together the yogurt and mayo, then fold it into the chicken mixture, until every bit combined. I like a slightly “drier” chicken salad, but if you want it to be creamier, add in more mayo or yogurt by the tablespoon and mix until your desired consistency is reached.
- To serve, brush the biscuits with more honey butter, cover with arugula and place a few spoonfuls of chicken salad on top. Add your pickles and you’re good to go!
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61 Comments on “Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits.”
Well, it’s official, you own the internet. These biscuits look INSANELY delicious! Pimento cheese chicken salad?! I’m in, totally in.
the chicken salad totally MAKES it!! xoxo
This meal makes me so happy – and seriously, I’m considering downing as many biscuits I can fit into my mouth!! You have me thinking though – I wonder what my last meal would be … probably something with bar-be-que brisket … or macaroni and cheese … or some sort of soft shell crab sandwich … ahhh, thank god I dont have to decided – Id need a buffet :$ lol
i know, right?! all of those sound like something i would want too, but in reality i’d probably choose something classic like PIZZA.
oh my word! A southern girls’ dream come true! These look amazing.
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We moved to Savannah, GA last year and one of my favorite things about my new town is that they really do Pimento Cheese EVERYTHING here. It’s glorious!
i can’t even imagine. i want that around here!
It’s like you just put a ton of my favorite foods in one thing. Except for the arugula. Arugula tastes like dirt to me and I’ve tried so hard to like it. But still…. I’m just sitting here drooling and wondering why I can’t just pluck the dang picture off my screen. (not even exaggerating) And I was just thinking last night that I need to attempt honey butter biscuits. And thank GOD I have all the ingredients for this because I’ve a pretty good feeling this will be made tonight or at least very soon.
so funny about the arugula dirt. haha! that’s how i feel about carrots. so weird, right?
Oh my goodness, this looks incredible! I’ve always hated pimento cheese – right up until last September when I ordered a pimento cheeseburger on a whim and Fell. In. Love. Now I can’t get enough, my own fickleness never fails to surprise me. I cannot wait to try this. :)
i was the same way!! well, not with the burger, but i really didn’t think i liked it until i made it at home. and then, boom. obsessed.
How do you come up with this stuff?! Unreal. Totally amazingly scrumptious! I cannot wait to make these :))
Just added this to my meal list for next week! It looks phenomenal! I love pimento cheese!
woohoo! let me know how it is!
All the heart eye emojis. These biscuits look so good!
What a great flavor combo!
Well, this puts my dinner meal plan to shame! These looks absolutely delicious. I might have to make a last minute change of plan and make these tonight instead:)
XO – Sarah
Making these for dinner tonight- can’t wait!!
i hope you loved it lori!
Holy cow, this is some next level pimento cheese! I always have pimento cheese fixings on hand and had leftover fried and grilled chicken in the fridge, so this was dinner last night. I made it without the bacon and green onions, mixed white and yellow cheddar, and slapped it on regular bread. AMAZING. Thanks for the recipe!
i am now craving that exact meal, wow. so glad you liked it!!
Omg, those biscuits. They look divine. And how do you even make a couple pickles look unbelievable??? I’m salivating over pickles… something I never thought would happen.
ha! thanks sarah!
hey girl this looks so yummy!
Made this last night (minus the biscuits). I’m with you on this is my new most favorite thing ever. Thank you for being a genius.
love it! so glad you enjoyed it sarah!
I love how you always have new favorite things!!!!! this biscuits looks AMAZING, and I’ve always had a soft spot for pimento cheese – love! x
I am so hooked on pimento everything. This looks even better than a fried chicken biscuit!
Also, I love that photo of the biscuit being cut out. I’m super classy in that I don’t have a cutter for my biscuits, I simply reach for whatever cup or mason jar (okay…its a wine glass) is closest.
i think this biscuit cutter thing was my grandma’s… i definitely need a new one!
It looks so good. But I fear like I would end up eating all the biscuits before I finished making the sammiches. This is a problem.
no… i have no clue about that problem… i’d never do that… ;)
I arrived by chance on your blog and I found here delicious recipes and.. this is great!
Looks delicious! Could you please tell me the BEST way to shred the chicken breasts and did you use mild or sharp white cheddar? Thanks!
hi lisa! i shred the chicken super easily in my stand mixer with the paddle attachment. i do that almost all the time now because it’s perfect shredded. if i don’t want to get out my mixer, i’ll wait until it cools and shred by hand. and i used sharp white cheddar!
I adore 99.9% of your recipes and posts, but this is just. . . .whack! I get that chicken and bisquits are a thing, but they’re not really my thing, being not from the South. I get chicken salad as a concept, but with Greek yogurt and mayo it sounds disturbingly . . . .white. Add to that a butter-rich bisquit with that creamy chicken, and it’s just. . . No thanks. And, potato chips in a sandwhich. . . I’ll leave that to toddlers. Sorry to criticize your other-wise pitch-perfect creations, but this one missed the mark for me.
no chips on your sandwiches?! girl, you’re missing out!
I love and respect your super positive response to that criticism. For real! And I still put chips on my hot dogs. I’m 30.
Ok… so we don’t do Greek yogurt. Do i sub more mayo or sour cream??? Sounds delish! Cant wait to make it.
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I can’t even with this…I must make these this week. You are a genius! :)
Hi.. whats the importance in picking unsalted butter ?
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So, I’m strangely not a fan of bread and butter pickles. Would dill throw off the flavor completely?? I’m so excited to try these but afraid I’ll do it wrong if I swap out the pickles…
I know this was years ago, but in case you still hate sweet pickles – try SuckerPunch Spicy Bread n’ Betters, I swear they are amazing. I too only liked dill pickles and HATED sweet all my life until I tried these!
Just made this for dinner and I wish I could give you a hug now. THAT’s how good it was. I can’t wait to be hungry again. haha
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Wow Jessica, you are truly a woman after my heart. I was sitting here thinking of trying something new and was just wandering about a chicken salad with pimento cheese and I looked it up and bam..:I ran into this.i wouldn’t of thought about arugula, bacon, or even fried chicken though. I am however planning to cook this for the fam now except imma use some Vidalka onion instead of green onion and put it all on a crouisant. Now to think of something light to go with it…was thinking something like a brocolli salad or just mixed fruit. Thoughts?
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I had saved this recipe a year ago because it looked so good, love your photos! Finally got a chance to make it! Turned out delicious! A wonderful twist on chicken salad that I usually make with grapes and dried cranberries, enjoyed the savory taste….the bread and butter pickles were the finishing touches, I’m not fond of them but decided to trust you and I wasn’ disappointed! Thank you for your great recipes and how you challenge me to try something new. Love your blog!
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I know I’m late to the game, but my 9th grader had to make biscuits for his foods class, and this was the perfect dinner to top them! Absolutely delicious!
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