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Fruity Chicken Salad



I had some leftover chicken to use and so I decided to make us some chicken salad sandwiches.  I like a chicken salad sandwich every now and then.


I saw what looked like a particularly tasty recipe in The Taste Of Home's Busy Family Cookbook that I had wanted to try for a while and today was the day!



I made it pretty much as written but with a few changes which I will add here.  The original recipe called for the filling to be used to stuff croissants, and that would indeed be very tasty! 



I didn't have any croissants however and I am quite fond of whole wheat toast, and so that is what I used for my sandwich.


The recipe called for a quantity of flaked almonds.  I always like to toast my nuts prior to using them.  I find that toasting them heightens their natural flavours, and adds to their crunch. 



Ten minutes in a moderate oven does the trick.  Make sure that they are well cooled off prior to using.



I have always thought that there isn't any kind of meat, poultry or fish sandwich that is not made better by adding the crunch, colour and flavour of fresh salad leaves. I like the mixes which contain rocket/baby arugula.



I quite adore the earthy pepperiness of rocket leaves!!


You can butter your whole wheat toast if you wish, or even just lightly spread it with a bit more mayo to help the leaves and filling to adhere better.


I cut it into quarters  . . .  I like the look of sandwich quarters . . . somehow they just look more special to me!


You get a nice sweetness from the sultanas, which are the same as golden raisins . . .



A sweet chewy tang from the dried cranberries  . . .  I really like dried cranberries and the flavour of cranberry has such a beautiful affinity with poultry.


The addition of some finely chopped red onion adds another layer of flavour . . . sharp but not overly so. It goes just right. If you don't have any red onions, I think chopped spring onions would work well in their place. 



These delicious sandwiches went down a real treat with us. Todd of course, man that he is . . .  enjoyed his on plain white bread,  not toasted. 

Yield: 4

Fruity Chicken Salad

prep time: 10 minscook time: 5 minstotal time: 15 mins
A delicious chicken salad with a wonderfully tasty and colourful blend of textures and flavours. You can use it to fill split croissants if you wish. I like to enjoy it on toasted whole wheat bread along with a layer of mixed baby salad leaves.

ingredients:


  • 1 small stalk celery, trimmed and chopped
  • 40g sultana raisins (1/4 cup golden raisins)
  • 40g dried cranberries (1/4 cup)
  • 45g toasted flaked almonds (1/4 cup)
  • 165g good quality mayonnaise (3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • your desired choice of bread, croissant, etc.
  • optional salad leaves

instructions:


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, mixing well.  Taste and adjust seasoning as required.  Spoon about 1/2 cup salad into each croissant or sandwich, on top of salad leaves if using. Serve immediately.
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I would love to try this delicious chicken salad in croissants one day, as originally intended.  I bet it would be even more fabulous!  These were really tasty as is!  Bon Appetit! 



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Marie Rayner
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  1. I love chicken salad..I have made partyones for croissants w/ mango chutney..so good..I love w/ grapes..and one little lunch place I loved many many yrs ago..made the best..her secret? Almonds..and poultry seasoning!!

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    1. Mango chutney is great in a chicken salad. I do one with that and a bit of curry powder and salted cashews, seriously tasty! The one with the almonds and poultry seasoning sounds wonderful! xoxo

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  2. You make yours much as I do -- raisins and dried berries (I use cherries) and nuts... so tasty. Love how you do it on the toasted bread. I'll have to do that next time!

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    1. To be honest Jeanie, I think chicken salad would taste good on anything, even crackers! I love the addition of dried cherries! Yum! xoxo

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