Last week something unexpected happened. I hit gold with dinner. I wasn’t expecting it to be anything special. In fact, I had no plan whatsoever to blog about this recipe. I had some leftover rotisserie chicken from making this fried rice, and it has been hotter than Hades in our neck of the woods, so I decided to make Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Not normally anything special, but I did a couple of things this time to upgrade it to “craveable” (yeah, my computer’s telling me that’s not a word, but I pulling rank and saying it is) status.
There are a few things like I always like to include. Grapes for the sweetness that they add, celery and nuts for the crunch, and green onion for the subtle, not overpowering onion flavor. I also like to use half mayo/half miracle whip. This way I get some of the “zip” from the Miracle Whip and the creaminess from the mayonnaise.
The thing that I loved this time was the hint of curry that I added. Curry is a spice that can easily become the “star of the party” if not dealt with carefully. In this recipe, I only use 1/4 teaspoon which means that the curry gives it more of a “what is making this taste so good” feel than a “Wow! That is a Curry Chicken Salad.”
The part made my hubby go crazy for them was the Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. He said that they added a really nice surprise. I agree. The touch of sweetness that these rolls bring was a definite compliment to the sandwiches. You really could use any bread or roll of your choice with the Chicken Salad. I think that a dark pumpernickel or molasses bread would be fantastic. You could also use croissants to elevate them to a bridal shower or wedding reception status level.
I go back and forth between sliced almonds and cashews when I make Chicken Salad. I think both are great so it just comes down to which you like better. Really this is an easy recipe to play around with and you can add or take away things as you want, but please promise you’ll try the curry and the Hawaiian Rolls. I won’t say that it’s “life changing,” but it is pretty darn good!