Orange Chicken Salad Sandwich

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Want to put a bright new spin on an old chicken salad sandwich recipe? Then you’ll want to try this one for Orange Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Not only does it include a few extra healthy ingredients you might never have thought of including before, but it also calls for croissants instead of bread. The tangy orange flavour complements the savoury shredded chicken, and the crisp, flaky croissant pastry makes you feel like you’ve just materialized in a Paris café. Treat yourself and your family to this fun and delicious sandwich recipe, and pretend you’re on vacation in Europe for the afternoon. This is also a perfect lunchbox recipe idea for the kids, or even for yourself or your spouse for lunch time at work. You could even cut these orange chicken sandwiches into bite-sized bits and serve them as appies at your next potluck or family gathering. However you decide to present them, they’re destined to be a hit for sure.

These lovely chicken salad sandwiches serve up to eight people, take only 15 minutes to prepare, and 40 minutes to cook – so, you’ll have this fabulous lunch recipe on the table in 55 minutes, tops. Or you can make them the day before and reheat for a much shorter serving time. In case you are curious about the nutritional content of mandarin oranges, they are very high in vitamin A and vitamin C; they’re also high in calcium and dietary fiber, and also contain iron. Another key ingredient to this healthy chicken salad recipe is almond slivers, which are very high in calcium, iron, protein, and high in dietary fiber.

Nutrition Facts for: Orange Chicken Salad Sandwich From Melanie Makes

Ingredients: Chicken breasts, mayonnaise, yogurt basil, almonds, mandarin oranges, orange juice.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 439, Calories from Fat 174, Total Fat 19.3g 30%, Saturated Fat 4.5g 22%, Cholesterol 156mg 52%, Sodium 240mg 10%, Potassium 611mg 17%, Carbohydrates 11.3g 4%, Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%, Sugars 8.1g, Protein 52.7g, Vitamin A 13%, Vitamin C 36%, Calcium 11%, Iron 14%

Although this chicken recipe calls for baking your chicken, there’s a much quicker, easier way to cook your chicken that is virtually fool-proof. This cooking method is called chicken Cockaigne, and was initially published in the classic, most famous cookbook of all times: “The Joy of Cooking”. The basic steps to cooking your Cockaigne chicken, are: first making sure your chicken breasts are evenly distributed – if they aren’t, then pound them using a meat tenderizer until they’re all the same consistency, then season them with salt and pepper. Turn your burner up to medium-high, then add a little olive oil to the bottom of a pan. Place your chicken inside and reduce the heat to medium. Sauté one side of the chicken for approximately one minute, then flip them over and cover the pan with a snug-fitting lid. Reduce your burner to low. Allow your meat to cook for ten minutes, then turn off the heat completely and let the whole thing set for another ten minutes. Once those full twenty minutes are up, you are free to take the lid off and discover your perfectly-poached chicken breasts, ready to shred and add to this chicken salad sandwich recipe. Many thanks to Michelle Powell-Smith over at “Live Strong” for sharing this fantastic new lunch recipe idea with us. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appies, snacks, or desserts, if you’re looking for more fresh new recipe ideas, you’ll want to stop by sometime.*

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