What is great about either tuna or chicken salads is that there is hardly any wastage (unless of course, the cook has already messed up the salad big time). Should the preparation for these salads exceed the expected consumption, they can be recycled the next day as a sandwich.
Just throw in maybe feta or mozzarella cheese, place it on any bread of your choice, pop it in the oven and you are ready to go with a totally different dish. For your convenience, I have compiled the following must-try chicken salad sandwich recipes for all those salad left-overs.
CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH
1/2 - cups cooked chicken breast, diced
1/2 - cup celery, diced
1/2 - onion, diced
1/2 - cup salad dressing (or mayonnaise)
1/2 - teaspoon oregano
1/4 - teaspoon salt
1/8 - teaspoon pepper
1 - hard-cooked egg, peeled
1 - tomato, 8 slices
4 - lettuce leaves
8 - slices of bread (your choice of bread)
You want to add the cooked chicken breast, celery, onion, salad dressing (or mayonnaise), oregano, salt, pepper, hard-cooked egg in a food processor.
Pulsate food processor about 4 times.
You want ingredients well mixed; however, only coarsely chopped.
With a tablespoon, spread chicken salad mixture on a slice of bread; add 2 tomato slices, a leaf of lettuce and top with second bread slice.
WALDORF CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH
4 Kaiser rolls, cut in half
1 cup deli chicken salad
12 very thin apple slices
4 slices Cheddar cheese
Layer bottom half of each roll with salad, 3 apple slices and 1 cheese slice. Top with tops of rolls. (You can spread the kaiser rolls with a thin layered of softened butter before making the sandwiches, if you’d like.) 4 servings
CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH RECIPE
2 cups cooked diced chicken Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
1 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons pickle relish
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon dill
8 slices thin white bread
Mix together ingredients. Chill for several hours. Spread chicken mixture on bread and remove crusts. Cut into squares or triangles.
PESTO CHICKEN SALAD ON BAGELS
1 cup diced cooked chicken
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup purchased pesto
4 whole wheat -- or white bagels, split
In large bowl, combine all ingredients except bagels; mix well. Spread chicken mixture on each bagel half.
CURRIED CHUTNEY CHICKEN SALAD (from AllRecipes.com)
2 whole chicken breasts (or about 5 cups cubed cooked chicken)
1 cup seedless white grapes, cut in half
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into cubes.
Greens of your choice for serving
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted.
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, white and green parts
1/3 cup bottled Major Grey’s chutney, large pieces chopped.
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 cup mayonnaise, homemade or high-quality purchased.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Roast the chicken. When it is cool enough to handle, remove the skin from the chicken. Pull the meat off the bones and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Place the meat in a large bowl. Add the grapes and pineapple.
For the dressing, in a bowl, whisk together the chutney, curry powder, mayonnaise, lime zest, lime juice, and salt.
Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture. Toss gently but thoroughly. At this point, you may refrigerate the salad for up to 3 hours, or turn it out onto a platter lined with lettuce leaves, chill briefly, and serve. Sprinkle the pecans and green onions over the salad before serving.
MEXICAN CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. honey
1-1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. salt
pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 whole chicken breasts, skinned, boned, and cut into 2" strips
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
16 oz. pkg. frozen corn
1 cup chopped plum tomatoes
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
10 oz. pkg. lettuce mix
2 avocados, peeled and chopped
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 cups slightly crushed blue corn tortilla chips
1 cup sour cream
10 oz. jar thick and chunky salsa
Combine salt, vinegar, cumin, pepper, and honey and mix well; set aside.
Heat oil in skillet. Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt, then saute in pan until white, about 5 minutes. Combine cooked chicken, corn, tomatoes, black beans, onions, and red peppers in large bowl. Stir in dressing. Chill for an hour.
Mix chicken mixture with lettuce. Serve along with avocados, cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream and salsa.
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