Monday, October 24, 2011

Simple Chicken Salad Sandwich

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I have a distinct memory involving a chicken sandwich since I had an unfortunate experience with one as a 4th grader. We were in this restaurant, Roli's, back in my hometown that was just across the street from my school and a classmate was celebrating his birthday there so we were present for this special occasion. I ordered a chicken sandwich of all things and unfortunately for me, my sandwich never came. The governess of a classmate (yes, I had rich classmates while I was on an academic scholarship) had to remind the waiter that I never got my food. Turned out they forgot about my order since everyone was having either hotdogs or burgers. By the time I had my sandwich, everyone was already having lots of fun playing games and winning prizes. Me sitting in a corner eating my sandwich may sound depressing but the thing was, it was the best sandwich I ever tasted in my entire 11 years of life. That flavor was forever burned in my memory and until now, I'm still trying to figure out how that chicken salad was made. 

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I've had my fair share of chicken sandwiches over the next 20 or so years of my life and most of them have been made by me trying out various recipes to find this elusive taste. For now, I've settled on this very basic recipe which I think is the closest thing to the sandwich I ate a long time ago. I do eat my sandwich with a bit of a flair now and garnish it with slices of gala apples. My choice of meat is the white meat from commercial rottiserie chicken although you are welcome to make your own by cooking chicken pieces in a seasoned broth until tender.   

Simple Chicken Salad Sandwich

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2 cups cooked chicken 
  meat, diced
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp tarragon
salt and pepper
1/3 cup celery, finely diced
1 tbsp pickle relish
Gala apple, sliced thinly
Iceberg lettuce
slices of bread

1. To make the salad, 
    combine the chicken, 
    mayonnaise, tarragon 
    pickle relish and 
    celery. Mix well and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. 

2. Lay slices of Gala apples on a bread and scoop a generous amount of 
    chicken salad on top of it. Layer lettuce leaves over the salad and top 
    with another slice of bread. 

3. Slice in half and enjoy with a friend or solo.  

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