Copyright Shaun Cunningham Photography 2018
There's few things in life better than a large scoop of freshly made chicken salad. Today I got the chance to visit Hots Deli and see first hand the process of making theirs. It starts with one person slicing freshly cooked chicken breasts while another puts together the chicken salad mix. This doesn't involve cutting open bags of frozen ingredients and pouring them together because these are fresh ingredients cooked and mixed on site. The plate with fruit is also served with crackers, cranberries, and pecans.
Once the mixture is made and the chicken cut just right they are combined in a large mixing bowl and hand blended to perfection. The flavor is hard to explain in words but the one that I would use is AMAZING! It's not too salty, not too heavy on the sour cream, but just right. The fact that they sell approximately 125 pounds of chicken salad every week speaks for itself. If you think the regular chicken salad is amazing (and it is) you must try their buffalo chicken salad. OH. MY. GOODNESS. The perfect balance of ingredients makes this my new favorite. Picture the mouth watering taste of fresh chicken salad and then add a touch of heat. The measurements are adjusted before mixing and out comes something delicious, homemade buffalo chicken salad.
Don't think you can only get a scoop of chicken salad here, that's only part of it. You have the choice of a chicken salad & fruit plate, chicken salad sandwich, and they even do catering so you can order a tray of chicken salad. The sandwiches will come with your choice of bread including French White, bench Wheat, Sliced Wheatberry, Sliced Rye, or Croissant. If you're in a hurry they have what's called the "grab and go". It is a container with one healthy sized scoop of chicken salad and fruit already in the cooler out front with drinks so you can just swing by, grab your lunch, and go.
One of the best things about this deli (besides the awesome owners) is the fact that nothing is fried. Nothing. Everything is fresh made and baked. They make the chicken salad fresh every morning and the fruit is cut at the same time. If you want fresh, made with love food, Hots Deli is the place to go. They are now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This really is Dothan's healthier alternative.
Hots Deli is located at 180 Westgate Parkway in beautiful Dothan, Alabama. Call in a to-go order at 334-671-5550 or visit their website below. You can also give them a "LIKE" on Facebook.