Monday, July 18, 2011

Chicken Salad

This recipe is another from the Sample Pack Recipes given to consultants. I made it for a party on Saturday (again, dead camera battery, so forgive the cell phone pictures).

1 ½ cups Thrive freeze-dried chicken
½ cup Thrive celery
1/3 cup Thrive onion
3 cups water
½ cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper

Combine chicken, celery, onion and water in a sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer until reconstituted (about 10 minutes). Put the mixture into a colander and let the water drain for about 10 minutes. Make sure to get all excess water out. Set aside in the refrigerator until cool.
Combine the cooled chicken mixture with mayonnaise. Season the chicken mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon onto bread or crackers.

This is not made with TVP, but actual white meat chicken. The freeze-dried chicken looks like this in the can.

Don't eat it straight out of the can. It really needs to be rehydrated to taste good.

Stir the meat and veggies occasionally as they cook, so that the stuff on top gets equally hydrated. But the cooking process is so simple. Just pour it in and simmer. Doesn't get much easier than that.

Once you drain it, you're left with small chunks like this.

When you add the mayo, some of the small chunks remain, and some shred up, so its really nice. I really like the texture of it. Overall, I think it makes a great simple salad. It's a good starter recipe in my opinion, fully customizable. It would be good with dried cranberries in it,  apples chunks, nuts, grapes, whatever else you want. Maybe change up the seasonings with some garlic. All depending on what you're in the mood for. Dustin can't rate this recipe, because I made it for a party and he didn't get to try it. But everyone at the party said they were pretty impressed with it, and they ate it all up, so that's the best kind of review you can get, isn't it? 

1 comment:

Linsey said...

Hey, Whit! I could eat this Chicken Salad every day for the rest of my life! Especially on those pie bite things you made. YUM! I like to put dried cranberries in my chicken salad, too. Thanks for the recipe! I'm taking it to make while up camping this weekend. :)