Poaching or roasting a whole chicken is basically Meal Prep 101. You can get a lot of meals out of one chicken, and at least one of those meals should be some form of chicken salad. Chopping chicken meat isn’t exactly difficult, but you can streamline the salad-making process by using a pastry cutter.
If you read about cooking online, you've no doubt seen several listicles that tout the many uses of a single, humble chicken. At this point, you know what a chicken can do for you, so another overly-prescriptive, chicken-based meal plan seems unnecessary. My agenda here is very simple. the next time you buy a whole chicken, I want you to poach it.
As with most tiny hacks, this one was born out of laziness. I wanted some chicken salad, but did not want to spend time cutting or shredding each piece of chicken.
A pastry cutter — you know, one of these things — has multiple blades, allowing you to chop a whole bunch of cooked chicken right in the mixing bowl.
Just add your chicken, along with your mayo, dressing, and any other seasonings and relishes, and mash and mix the chicken with the cutter until you reach your desire chicken salad consistency. Make a sandwich or eat it with crackers. (As if I need to tell you how to eat chicken salad.)