Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ina's Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Chicken Salad


Okay, you all know that I spatchcock a chicken every week. You all know that because I love reminding you every chance I get. And like I said before, cooked chicken in fridge = gold. Well, I need to change that. What is better than gold? Platinum? I don't know, but I loved this recipe so much, that this week, I'm spatchcocking two chickens. Really, that's a no-brainer, isn't it, double the chicken, with practically no extra effort. Because I think I may need to take this salad to work every day this week. I think I have to. It's the law, right up there with azaleas and crepe myrtles.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches
From
Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again
Serves 4 to 5

4 split (2 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on (or cooked chicken in fridge)
good olive oil, salt and pepper
3/4 cup good mayo
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
1 cup small-diced celery (2 stalks)

Preheat the oven to 350.

Place the chicken skin side up on a sheet pan and rub them with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with the salt and pepper. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and then set aside to cool.

When the chicken is cool, remove and discard the skin and bones and cut the chicken into a 3/4 inch dice. Combine the chicken, mayo, tarragon, celery, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Mix well.

Serve on bread (or pitas) with more mayo spread on the bread and lettuce.

20 comments:

Joanne said...

I've actually never had chicken salad, to be honest. But if eating they entail something as exciting-sounding as spatchcocking then I'm on it!

Kate said...

This does sound good. A great lunch or dinner! Great pictures.

Judi said...

I believe you just like saying spatchcock!
Life became so much easier for me when I learned to roast chicken from Ina. I have made her chicken salad before and it's great, not as pretty as yours but still very tasty.

food with style said...

love ina, love chicken salad, love tarragon, love your pics...

geesh, do i sound like a kid from the 60s?

i could eat chicken salad everyday~ i have a tarragon chicken salad planned for dinner this week, you are spurring me on~

shabby girl said...

Chicken and tarragon just go together! I agree with the others, you photos are fantastic!

daphne said...

This is certainly a classic meal! Who can resist a chicken salad? Love the creamy look of yours.

Marjie said...

I casually announced at dinner last night that I am going to buy a good pair of kitchen shears so I can spatchcock chickens. Say that in front of teens and early twenty-somes. They will choke. Hubby snorted his iced tea up his nose, too. You gave me a great deal of fun last night, and I thank you.

Grace said...

azaleas and crepe myrtles. spatchcocking. you do keep me guessing, pam. :)
i can certainly imagine why this is a winning chicken salad—it sounds delightful!

maybelle's mom said...

Gosh, I haven't had chicken salad in ages. Maybe I need to get a chicken started too.

Debbie said...

Looks delicious. I have wanted to make Ina's chicken salad for a while now!

Debinhawaii said...

I love a good simple chicken salad and this looks so good. Gorgeous photo--I would eat it every day too!

Joan's Good Life said...

I absolutely adore Ina! It is quite often, a choice in my house do something from Ina or something from Giada. And then, of course, there are those days when I just wing it! And I'm actually getting kinda good at the "wingin' it" part!

girlichef said...

Yum...this is perfection! Spatchcock. Ha. Never gets old :D

Anh said...

This makes excellent lunch!!

lydiatheperfectpantry said...

I've made this chicken salad, too -- isn't it the best? The tarragon in my garden this year is definitely failing to thrive, so I haven't been able to make it once this summer. But I live in hope for a late harvest!

Pam said...

Simple. Perfect. Delicious.

Joy said...

Love Marjie's comment. ha ha ha

Kathy said...

Ok, I give up, what does spatchcock mean?

Jeff said...

Chicken in fridge is a godsend :-) Love having it for leftovers especially cold.

Way to use up the leftovers.

Nancy said...

I've made this - it's very good.

But what is spatchcock? I'm going to check out past posts....