Chicken Salad Sandwich

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A chicken salad sandwich is an excellent comfort meal for lunches through the week. Tender chicken is combined with a creamy dressing and crunchy vegetables before being sandwiched between your favourite kind of bread. If you have never made a chicken salad recipe, though, chances are you will need some help on getting started. Kevin, the author of Closet Cooking recipe blog, came up with a basic chicken salad sandwich recipe when he wanted to use up leftover chicken he had in the refrigerator. The chicken salad is enough for one or two sandwiches, and therefore, a perfect lunch option for a couple. All it involves in some finely chopped celery for crunch, plus some green onions for spiciness. Mayonnaise and lemon juice add a creamy dressing and bright flavour. Check out Kevin’s website for the full chicken salad recipe with quantities to make your own chicken salad sandwich for lunch today.

If you are searching for healthy leftover chicken recipes, this sandwich is an excellent starting point. Kevin prepared his version using leftover roasted chicken, and if you do the same, the amount of salt and fat you add is completely up to you. Alternatively, you can purchase a store-bought rotisserie chicken to make this salad recipe extra easy, or you can prepare baked chicken breast for the purpose of making this sandwich. To bake a chicken breast, simply place on a foil-lined tray, season with salt and pepper and roast until 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle and the juices run clear. Alternatively, you could poach the chicken on the stove, which helps the chicken stay nice and tender. Place the chicken in a pot, cover with water or chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and persist in cooking until the chicken is cooked through, about ten to twelve minutes. You can prepare lots of poached chicken and keep in in the refrigerator for lunch recipes through the entire week.

The best sandwich recipes are the ones that marry flavour with texture. This version includes a creamy dressing along with crunchy celery for an interesting textured sandwich. The lemon adds tanginess while the green onion adds a spicy interest to the chicken mixture. You can vary the chicken mixture with your favourite ingredients, like dried cranberries, raisins or grapes, for sweetness, or earthy herbs, like thyme, parsley, tarragon and dill. Different spices can amp up traditional chicken salad recipes, too, like curry powder, which adds a vibrant colour and spicy kick. Nuts, like walnuts, pecans or almonds can be stirred into chicken salad at the last minute for extra crunch. Since nuts have a tendency to become soggy in moist conditions, you will want to add them to the chicken salad just before serving.

Although many consider chicken salad to be reserved for easy sandwich recipes, the fact is that it can be eaten in even more ways. If you are on a gluten-free diet, you don’t have to enjoy chicken salad between slices of bread. Instead, you could serve it on top of your favourite green salad for a light and protein-rich lunch. You could even prepare breadless wraps by using large collard leaves or stuff the chicken salad into endive leaves. For an easy hors d’oeuvre for your next party, thinly slice cucumber into thin pieces and sandwich the chicken salad between two slices for a gluten-free sandwich bite. When it comes to something as good as a classic chicken salad, the possibilities are endless. Thank you to Kevin, the writer of the Closet Cooking recipe blog, for sharing his chicken salad sandwich recipe with us.

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