Friday, October 3, 2008

Food Storage Friday: Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad. Yum. One of my favorite lunches. Now food storage friendly.

Ingredients: Canned Chicken, Mayonnaise or equivalent, Craisins, Almonds or wheat berries.

Put a loose chop on your almonds. Or you can buy them already slivered.

Put them in a pan over medium heat and just let them sit, stirring occasionally. We are toasting the almonds to release the flavors. You will be watching for them to get brown and start to really smell nutty. You'll know when it happens, trust me.

Drain your chicken and place in a bowl. Take two forks and shred the chicken.

Until you have a nice bowl of shredded chicken. You know, I actually prefer canned chicken when it comes to chicken salad. The texture is works better in my opinion.

Now add some mayo. I add a little spoonful at a time and mix around until its a nice salad consistency. It's about two spoonfuls in my opinion. Add some salt and pepper here too. Some seasoned salt would be yummy.

After the almonds are brown and are releasing a rich nutty smell, then transfer them to a plate or bowl or something so they can cool a little.

Stir in the craisins, or you could use raisins, and add the toasted almonds once they've cooled a little bit.

Now you can chill it, or make yourself a sandwich. It's always good plain. Yum.

Want another alternative? I put 1/2 cup of wheat kernels on the stove with 2 cups of water and a little salt. I let it boil away for about 30 minutes or so. I just kept tasting them until the texture was right. I was looking for a nut/celery imitator. When the wheat berries had a nice crunch to them, I drained them and added about a quarter cup as a replacement for my nut.

More wheat! The wheat berries has kind of a nutty component so it works well here. This is a great bare bones recipe so you can work with it to suit your family. My husband likes a little curry powder mixed in. Go have fun!

Chicken Salad

1-13 oz can chicken
2 Tbsp Mayonnaise (varies)
1/2 cup craisins
1/4 cup chopped and toasted almonds, OR
1/4 cup wheat berries
salt and pepper

Toast almonds or make wheat berries. Drain and shred chicken. Add mayonnaise, seasonings and craisins. Once almonds or wheat berries have cooled, add to salad. Mix together and serve or chill until ready to eat. Makes approx. 4 sandwiches--probably more, I just eat a lot.


Carolyn..blog.TotallyReady.com said...

This looks so...good. I think I'll try it tonight. Just to let you know you are one of my Seven Steps on Monday so make sure you check the post and tell all your fiends!

Cindy Beck said...

This sounds great ... and the canned chicken does make a great chicken salad!

By the way, thanks to Hannah, who stopped by and commented on my humorous food storage article.

TJ, Bong & Kyson said...

Thanks for this blog! I'll have to post it on mine and let all my friends know!

Aaron and Stephanie Shumway (and family) said...

I think your blog is going to become one of my frequently visited blogs! I love it! And I LOVE this recipe- it's the same as mine but we add celery instead of wheat berries- what a great idea. I added a link to your blog from my preparedness post you commented on. Thanks for the comment!

Sharron said...

This is one of my favorite weight control foods. I hope you save the broth from the chicken! Tons of flavor. I use low or fat free mayo, celery, peppers(rehydrated) , change up the nuts for different flavors. Romaine lettuce leaves are my favorite "bread". I use several herb mixes (Mrs. Dash types), dill weed, chopped pickles, seasoned salt, (many kinds for seasoning meats are good), chives. Many are still good with the craisins. I make it the night before to let the flavors blend.

Depending on the season, I also halve grapes, chop radishes, chopped zuchinni, anything cruchy!

To complete my meal I make some soup from the broth and high fiber noodles. Veggies are often added to this if I am really hungry.

Cox Family said...

This sounds delicious...out of curiosiy, where do you buy your canned chicken? It's just so expensive in the stores, and so I rarely buy it!