I had lunch the other day with the Champagne Girls. We got to talking about food and the multi-use, very tasty, pick it up in a hurry, rotisserie chicken came up in conversation. The Girls, who read this blog religiously, had a food request for the blog. They want me to list some ways one can use the rotisserie chickens from the grocery store. They all knew the standard way: set it out on the counter and everyone who walks by, picks pieces of it off and eats it. Aren’t those the best chickens?
I told them I would do my best. I have come up with three ways to use the chicken for summertime meals. Here goes:
With all of these recipes, remove the chicken from the bone and skin. Throw away the bones and the skin. I don’t eat chicken skin or bones nor do I have a pets or critters that do, so, I throw the stuff away.
Cut up the chicken into bite size pieces. Make as much as you want. Either use all of the chicken or just a bit. You decide.
To the cut up chicken pieces, add chopped celery, halved grapes, a tablespoon or so of sliced almonds(optional of course)and just enough good mayonnaise to make it the consistency you want. Salt and pepper to taste. That means, taste it and see if it need additional salt and/or pepper.
See how easy that was! Serve either as a spread on your choice of roll or bread or scoop onto a lettuce leaf. Cut up some watermelon and you have a great light summer lunch or dinner. How easy was that?
Cold Chicken and Pasta
Cut up the chicken into bite size pieces. Cooked bow tie pasta, cooled a bit. To the pasta add as much of the chicken as you want. Then, add your choice of extras: celery, pimiento, sweet red/orange/yellow/green pepper, black and/or green olives, onion of any kind, cucumber, tomato, yellow squash, cannelini beans, garbanzo beans, mushrooms(either canned or fresh), grated Parmesan cheese. If you can think of anything else you like, put that in. Dressing: use Wish Bone Italian or your favorite Ranch dressing, or mayo with some lemon, or any other dressing you might like. A little sour cream can dilute any dressing. Taste it then add salt and/or pepper to taste.
Cold Chicken Sandwich
Slice up the chicken and make sandwiches using your favorite bread or roll. You can use butter, good mayo, and/or Dijon style mustard for spread choices. Don’t forget the “extras” such as lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced avocado, cooked bacon and maybe sliced provolone, Swiss, or mozzarella cheese. The extras are what really make a sandwich special. Go for it.
This should keep you busy for a while. Please note, any recipe that calls for cooked chicken, go ahead and use the rotisserie chicken. I have other suggestions for when the weather is cooler. Right now, it is so darn hot all I want to do is eat watermelon. A glass of champagne, or sparkling wine or whatever you want to call it, would be nice too! Life is short, don’t save champagne “for special occasions”………any day with your friends or family is special enough for champagne. Nella