Sandwich & Soup I: Chicken Salad, With A Cilantro & Lime Mayonnaise

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 5th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/pi1s82du/
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My own version of a chicken salad sandwich might be a bit against the norm but, that is why I like it so much. Nothing plain about this sandwich from the bit of spice, to the carrots and green onions, adding a bit of sweetness and crunch.

No, My Box!

I am always trying to come up with new versions of sandwiches for my family and I, as we do not eat very heavy meals during the summer time. A sandwich and in this case, adding a bowl of soup to your dinner table, will make you and your family satisfied and yet, not having that 'my stomach is so full, I must unbutton my pants' kind of feel.

I do my homework when it comes to cooking, not only for recipes that I want to publish but also, so I am able to expand my family's menu that they are able to choose from.

I usually take the weekend and watch televised cooking shows, I read magazines and such but this time, I went back into my own recipe book for inspiration in coming up with this sandwich and the soup to follow.

My vegetarian pasta recipe is a favorite of my family's, A refreshing sandwich that helps beat the heat during these hot summer days we have here in Alabama.

Taking some of the ingredients and keeping in mind the complex taste of this summer salad. Made it so I was able to make a refreshing and yet, a stomach satisfying sandwich and also a spicy soup made from the poaching broth.

You just have to think outside of the box or as with me, inside my 'own' recipe box.

ingredients

Poaching ingredients
3 pounds chicken breast (boneless & skinless)
5 cups water
4 stalks celery and leaves
3 carrots
1 onion
6 sprigs thyme (or so)
2 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon Cracked black pepper


Sandwich ingredients
4 1/2 cups chicken (cooled)
1 1/2 cups carrots (grated)
5 green onions
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise (olive oil based)
1 can of green chilies (diced, .45 ounces)
2 tablespoon cilantro (fresh)
1/2 lime (juice)
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper (dried, ground)
Shavings of parmesan cheese (to your taste, optional)
Sliced tomato
Butter
Hamburger buns

For this sandwich to be all tied up in a delicious package, you must have a ripen tomato, it just seems to make all the difference in the world. I also (cracked black) pepper my tomatoes but not salt them, as the parmesan cheese adds enough salt but if you opt not to use the parmesan cheese, please salt your tomatoes before taking that first bite, it will make all the difference in the world.

All IN!

I was able to purchase some boneless skinless chicken breast for $1.99 a pound, each breast came to be just about one pound each. After I cut up the chicken I had around 4 1/2 cups of diced chicken.

Place your chicken in 5 quart pot, add your onion cut into quarters, carrots, celery, thyme, bay leaf and cracked black pepper. Cover your ingredients with 5 cups of 'cold' water.

Bring your water to the point that a few bubbles are coming up, cover and turn the temperature down to low. 'Do not' allow the water to come to a full boil. You want your chicken to have the time to absorb all these lovely ingredients you added to their bath.

I 'slowly' cooked my chicken and vegetables for 25 minutes. Since all stoves and chicken pieces might vary, just make sure your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. So the time might vary.

Poached!

After your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees, place the chicken in a bowl, add a few strips of lime zest, cover with the poaching broth and place into the refrigerator.

Cover your pot of poaching liquid and place in your refrigerator. Cool both the chicken and the poaching broth for at least eight hours or leave overnight.

When using lemon or lime zest, try hard not to get any of the white part of the fruit, if you do then it will add a unpleasant bitter taste. I find that grating the zest into the poaching broth adds just too much of a good thing, so take your sharpest knife and carefully take the skin off of your lime.

Strain it!

After your chicken has cooled down pour the liquid (minus the zest) back into your poaching broth in your big pot. Dice your chicken, I prefer big chunks but, you cut the chicken to your liking.

Grate your carrot, slice your tomatoes and green onions and set aside.

Drain your can of green chilies in a mesh strainer. Take the back of a wooden spoon and push out as much juice as you can. Place in a small bowl and then add the juice of half of a lime.

Add to your chicken chunks, carrots, green onions and green chilies, mix and set aside.

Butter those Buns!

Add the chopped cilantro and chipotle chile pepper to your mayonnaise stir and then add to your chicken mixture and stir until well incorporated.

This to me is 'so' key: 'Butter' your buns and toast them in a pan on medium low heat. Between the lovely butter flavor and the crispy texture of this bun, it just makes the whole sandwich come together.

I showcased a photo at the top of this page of a few of the ingredients I put into my vegetarian pasta salad but, did you notice, I did not add olives to this chicken salad. I find that the olives make the sandwich a little bit too watery and the texture did not work for me.

I do like the salty taste that it adds to this salad and I didn't want to skip this one aspect of the recipe for this sandwich, so I did something different. After placing my chicken salad on the bottom bun, I added the shavings of some parmesan cheese.

The parmesan cheese gives the sandwich the salty taste that was needed to bring out the flavor from the other ingredients, without adding a mushy texture to this chicken salad that the olives did.

MMMMM MMMM

As with most of my cooking, you can put this delicious chicken salad on any bread you like and it would also be good set on a bed of lettuce and some crackers. Better yet, take out that poaching liquid and make a delicious spicy soup that compliments this sandwich to a tee...

Soup & Sandwich II: Spicy Potato, carrot and Butternut Squash

For three more of my recipes for sandwiches, please visit my pages...

Bacon, Turkey & Ham: Adds up to a Great Sandwich

The Perfect Boiled Egg * Mama's Egg Salad

Corned Beef Sandwich: Honey, Ground Mustard & Grape seed oil

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Broth, Carrots, Cheese, Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chipotle Pepper, Cilantro, Denise O, Parmesan, Poached, Poaching, Recipe, Recipes, Salad, Sandwich, Tomatoes

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author avatar Denise O
I live in Georgia, USA. I am a granny to 3 precious children. I am Mama to Bugg and two human beings. I was once married to a wonderful, Dan.

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author avatar Retired
8th Aug 2012 (#)

Looks yummy!

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Starrleena for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Aug 2012 (#)

I can almost smell the aroma!

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

I must admit Jerry, it did smell good in here but, it could have been the pecan pies I was cooking for a friend.LOL
Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Wonderful recipe and links...thank you Denise:0)!

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you my friend for your kind words. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar A K Rao
9th Aug 2012 (#)

I just came back from my work,having seen your article now I am feeling more hungry!

The attractive pictures clearly sating that your recipe is very delicious one!

Thanks for sharing dear Denise!

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Awww thank you A K for your kind words. I feel we eat with our eyes first. You are most welcome. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar SunnyJasrotia
9th Aug 2012 (#)

This is new dish for me.And you made it so easy to make ...I hope I can taste tour dish that you made...:)

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Sunny, it really is a easy dish to make and since you make most of it ahead of the time, you don't have to put out so much work before dinner time. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Humza
17th Aug 2012 (#)

Though am fasting, but u know during fasting seeing and reading recipes just feels awesome.................. :P

Really IL (Iron Lady) I was almost about to drool over my PC watching this and was wishing to be ur neighbour so that I could have them made for me on demand, that was yummylicious.......
But sadly PAKISTAN and ALBAMA are ages away so cant even expect a delivery :P

I felt as if I was watching a video of sandwich instead of reading and this says it all, doesnt it???

thanx a million for the delicious share :)

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author avatar Denise O
24th Aug 2012 (#)

Awww you are a sweetheart. Sorry we are so far apart that you are not able to sit at my dinner table, you know you are always welcome. That is if you ever make it this way. I am glad I was able to do a small part to help you through your fasting. Thank you so much for making my day, your kind words are always appreciated. I will write you personally when I am able, busy with that grandson and all, gotta love it! LOL My friend, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Teila
24th Aug 2012 (#)

I will be sure to try this, sounds awesome.

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author avatar Denise O
20th Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Souvik
20th Sep 2012 (#)

Dear Denise, the article is excellent. I wanted to ask you one thing. In my account more than pounds acrrued. Yet wikinut did not pay me. Where should I appeal?
Souvik Chatterji

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author avatar Souvik
11th Oct 2012 (#)

The pictures in the article are as good as the article itself.
Souvik Chatterji

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author avatar Teila
15th Oct 2012 (#)

Revisiting, love your recipes keep them coming!

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author avatar Judy Ellen
25th Nov 2012 (#)

Wow! What a great cook you are! I love to cook too but wish I had the energy I used to have! This looks yummy!!

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author avatar kyrickz
1st Aug 2013 (#)

Yummy, Delicious and a healthy recipe!

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