Monday, November 30, 2009

Crispy Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I made this up last night to stretch our leftover fried chicken, and it far exceeded my expectations. In fact my wh0le family loved it. It might even be worth buying fried chicken just to make it. This recipe makes 6 whole sandwiches.
3 pieces fried chicken (breasts and/or thighs), meat removed and chopped; I included a little bit of the fried breading, which gave this the best flavor
1 apple, finely chopped
2 carrots, grated
mayonnaise and curry powder mixed together (sorry, i didn't measure either one; just add what looks and tastes right to you)
Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve. Spread butter on one side of good dense bread (we recently discovered one we love from Trader Joe's called Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane) and grill in skillet until golden brown on both sides.
To assemble sandwich: put bread on plate, buttered side down; cover with fresh spinach leaves and chicken salad; top with another piece of bread, buttered side up. Cut in half and enjoy. I think nuts and golden raisins would be good in this also.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Not the Typical Quesadilla

I got this recipe a few years ago from a little cookbook at a grocery store checkout lane. This is my modified version. I always eat more of these than I should; they also make good leftovers.

Ranch Quesadillas

2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
2 cups (8 oz) Colby Jack cheese, shredded
1 cup Ranch dressing
1 medium tomato, diced and seeded
1/2 - 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles, rinsed and drained (depends on how much you like)
8 flour tortillas, approximately
salsa (optional)
guacamole (optional)

Combine chicken, cheese, dressing, tomatoes, and chiles in a medium bowl. Place about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture on each tortilla, then fold in half. Put quesadillas on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Cut in half or thirds. Serve with salsa and guacamole.