Sunday, May 6, 2012

Chicken Salad Sandwiches with grapes and almonds

Chicken Salad Sandwiches with grapes and almonds
My daughter-in-law, Wendy, asked me to post this recipe that I truly love and everybody else, apparently does too. I got it from a friend, who got it from a caterer, who was serving it at a wedding reception.

Recipe from my neighbor Maryann's caterer.....
2 1/2 cups cubed, cooked, white chicken breast meat
3/4 cup  slivered almonds
1 cup sliced celery
1 1/4 cups seedless red grapes, sliced in half
3/4 to 1 cup Hellmans or Best Foods mayonnaise (depending upon your preference)
Oneida seasoning salt to taste
A few shakes of Pepper to taste

Chicken salad on a Jimmy John's white roll cut in half....yummy! 
  It is a simple chicken salad recipe.It is a great summer sandwich recipe and it is fresh and low calorie. I've used it at 2 of my kids' wedding receptions. I think I doubled the recipe for about 65 mini sandwiches.  

Here we used Costco White Dinner Rolls (package of 36) cut in half. It was so easy and the chicken salad went a long way.  It is also great on mini croissant rolls. 

I start with white chicken meat and dice it up into chunks.  You can use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store too. Or just white meat breasts boiled or broiled, cooled and chunked.  Add mayo and then add finely chopped celery, red grapes sliced in half and SLICED almonds. (or slivered if you love crunch)
Some people love the crunch of slivered almonds but I like the sliced better and they look pretty in the sandwiches. Add fresh fruit or a fruit smoothie to your  chicken salad sandwich for a yummy, healthy treat! 
I love a good berry smoothie
Now the secret ingredient in these sandwiches is ONERA SEASONING.  It is usually found in the market near the fresh fish or near the butcher area.  It is kind of a seasoning salt.
Onera Seasoning- look for it next to the fresh fish. .I always get the original one but they have 4 or 5 others.  I think
these are Salt Lake City based seasoning products. 
One more thing. Be sure to use fresh and a high quality mayo like Hellman's or Best Foods.  The creamier your mayo the better the sandwiches are.  I've used Costco rolls cut in half (the 36 package) or small croissants for buffets because they will make your salad go a long way.
 Jimmy John's long rolls are delicious breads to serve with this chicken salad also. I buy them for 50 cents day old at the shop, and go home, cut them in half, and put them in freezer bags. They are great to have on hand to use for steak sandwiches or albacore tuna or deli turkey. This is a picture of one long roll cut in half.

 It's a delicious summer sandwich. Add a slice of lemon meringue pie for dessert  and THAT's what I'm talking about!     

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