Thursday, May 17, 2007

Want to Make a Great Sandwich?

Does that look good? It's one of our favorites--my own chicken salad sandwich concoction. My husband LOVES them--in fact, he had to have two when I made them for dinner last night and then complained all night about how full he was. Men!

A month or so ago, I wrote about my Chicken Caesar Salad. I love the convenience of buying already roasted whole chickens. Quite often when I have leftover chicken from either the whole roasted chickens or from something else, I'll make chicken salad. You really have to try it. Really. They're the best!


Ingredients (this will be enough for three sandwiches):

1 chicken breast
2 - 3 green onions
1/2 apple
1/4 cup cashews (or other favorite nuts)
1 avocado (preferred but if you have no avocados, you can do without)
2 - 3 tablespoons grated or shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise (I use regular but you can substitute one lower in fat)

Bread, lettuce, tomato, if desired; or you can just serve it on a bed of lettuce with diced tomato as a dinner salad.

Slice, cube, and dice the chicken breast, apple, green onion, cashews, and avocado. Other than the onion, which should be finely sliced, the rest of the ingredients should be about the same size/dice (see photo). No need to peel the apple. I just happened to have my sliced tomato on the cutting board but my lettuce was crisping in the fridge.

Combine cut up ingredients in a medium bowl with parmesan and mayo; add a dash of pepper if desired and check to decide whether to add salt. (Generally the parmesan and nuts provide enough salt.) If you don't have avocado in your area, you can substitute packaged guacamole--just spread it on one side of the bread or mix it in with the rest of the chicken mixture, depending on the consistency of the guacamole. Pile the chicken salad mix on your bread (I like the nutty/grainy varieties best but any will do) and top with lettuce and tomatoes. Sometimes I toast the bread, but I prefer it fresh and soft; of course, it's up to you!

I hope you try this sometime and enjoy it as much as we do!


Darlene said...


I love to use a leftover roasted chicken to make chicken salad and I've been doing that alot the past couple of weeks. There's something refreshing about it. I'm going to try your version next week. In my version I like to add celery and grapes (try it)

Thanks for sharing - I'm definitely going to try it.

Carole said...

I guess I missed lunch, didn't I? Looks good enough to eat! lol Keep well!

Connie said...

It looks and sounds absolutlely wonderful... will try using the roasted chickens...great idea. All this time I've been cooking my own, love the time this will save. (and the mess)

Happy Valley Quilter said...

YUM! Looks similar to mine, Kim, but I use red grapes instead of apples. I usually put them in a wrap or crossaint. Now I'm hungry!

Michelle said...

I am dying to try this. It looks great!

Marcie said...

Sign me up! That looks fabulous! I made your chicken caesar salad and even my grandkids liked it--now that is impressive!

YankeeQuilter said...

This looks great. My DH takes his lunch to work and I am always on the hunt for something a bit different! thanks,

WoundedEgo said...

Most of your commenters are women, so they probably care more about the sandwich than the next installment of your nude picture... but any way....

sounds good. But what do you think your per-sandwich cost comes to with a purchased fry chicken at $4.00 per pound?