I worked up this chicken salad recipe as a way to use up some leftover roasted chicken, but it’s worth cooking chicken for. It’s a party of flavor that manages to be as homey and comforting as it is spectacular. You could eat the chicken salad as-is, and love it … but I think the sandwich is a standout.
What You Need to Make 6 Sandwiches
1 cob of corn
1 1/2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 of a large, white onion, diced
1 jar (6.7 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and diced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 lb cooked chicken, cubed (leftover roasted chicken works well)
1/2 cup shredded pecorino
1 stalk of celery, diced
1/3 cup finely diced mango caliente
1 batch (about 1 1/2 cups) Woah!™ Ranch Dressing, sans the milk
3 Tbs butter, softened
2 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
6 sourdough English muffins, split
1 tomato, sliced
How to Do It:
- Cut the kernels from the cob and toss it. Pour the oil into a hot pan, wait for it to shimmer, and then add the kernels and onion. Saute for 3 minutes, or until the onions become translucent around the edges. Add the artichokes and lemon juice, cook for 1 more minute. Scrape the mixture into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Add the chicken, cheese, celery, and mango. Add the dressing. Use as much or as little as you wish. I use all of it. Mix well.
- Mix the mustard and butter. Spread it onto the muffins. Broil them until nicely toasted. Spread a very thin layer of tomato jam on one half of each muffin pair.
- Build each sandwich with a thick layer of lettuce, a slice of tomato, and a generous 1/3-cup chicken salad.
- Mango caliente is something I found at Treasure Island, a favorite local grocery. It’s dried mango slices coated in a very hot spice powder. You could make do with dried mango, but then you’d want to add something with a kick: cayenne or red pepper flakes, for instance.
- Mango Caliente is also a drink that’d go great with this sandwich. Have one on the rocks, enjoy your lunch, and take the rest of the afternoon off. You deserve it.
- If you didn’t put up your own tomato jam last summer, store-bought is fine. Send Jeffrey out to find a local artisan. How easy is that?
- Don’t substitute bottled dressing for the Woah!™ The texture won’t be right. Ranch dip, maybe … but it’d probably be way too salty. Make the Woah!™ It’s worth the trouble!
Chicken Salad (Sandwich)
A recipe for Grilled Chicken Tender Salad from “My Tartare” inspired this sandwich in no small way. My Tartare is spectacular. It steps you through making restaurant-quality dishes at home. Each one I’ve tested has been magnificent. The guy’s a rock star, as far as I’m concerned. Credit for images on this page: Make It Like a Man!
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