Friday, July 23, 2010

A Craving

Several years ago, my Grandfather passed away just a few weeks after learning he had cancer. My family all rushed down to Florida to be with my Grandmother. In the days that followed, we were blessed by the outpouring of support and love from friends and family members. Some of my dad's co-workers and employees brought over tons of food and one of the things they sent was chicken salad sandwiches. And I got hooked on them. Maybe it was partially due to the raging emotions that come with losing a family member but those sandwiches were sooo dang good!  

Okay, so I have to be honest - I really REALLY dislike regular chicken salad. Too much mayo for me and not enough texture and flavors going on; generally it all seems like one great big blah. So I began experimenting in the kitchen to try and recreate that awesome chicken salad because I frequently get a hankering for it.

And this, my friends, is the product of those experiments. It's got several layers of flavor - we're talking sweet, savory, slightly salty, creamy, tangy and crunchy.

In a bowl I start by combining chopped grilled chicken and green onions. I'm all for turning leftovers into something completely different tasting so even though we frequently will eat leftovers for lunch, it's not in the same shape or form as it was the night or two before.

Then I add in 1/8 c. craisins, 1 tbsp. mayo, pinch of kosher salt and 1-2 tbsp. italian dressing. Stir to combine.

And last, for a bit of nutty texture and flavor, I add in an 1/8 c. chopped pecans.

It makes a pretty darn yummy sandwich. Or you could put the filling into a wrap. Or make some homemade whole wheat bread, toast it up and then create a even yummier chicken salad sandwich.

Grilled Chicken Salad (printable recipe)
Serves 2...but easily doubled!

1 grilled chicken breast, chopped
2 green onions, sliced
1/8 c. craisins
1 tbsp. mayo
1-2 tbsp. italian dressing (depending on how moist you like your chicken salad)
Pinch of kosher salt
1/8 c. chopped pecans

In a bowl, stir together all of the ingredients until combined. Use the chicken salad as filling for a wrap or sandwich (toast the bread for extra flavor!). Or simply serve the salad over a bed of lettuce. 


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