Better Than Takeout

10 Oct

Steven and I both work rotating twelve-hour weekend shifts in very busy  hospitals, which makes Sunday night family dinners a laughable idea. No matter how much one loves the kitchen, the last thing anyone wants to do at 8pm is cook! Usually I try to make a big batch of something easy to reheat like chili or soup that I can carry through from Friday to Monday, but even that proves to be a challenge on the Fridays when we indulge in a dinner out. So instead I’ve learned to keep certain items — like leftover pastas, rice, or lean baked chicken breasts — on hand for quick recycling into new meals that take next to no time at all. This one took less than twenty minutes to throw together and, if the chicken salad is made the night before, only five minutes of that time involves being in the kitchen. The rest takes care of itself!

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Kale Chips

Ingredients

For the chicken salad:

  • 2 baked and cooled skinless, boneless chicken breasts with your choice of seasoning, chopped
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
For the kale chips:
  • one bunch kale, washed and spun in a salad spinner
  • olive oil
  • salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Line two cookie sheets with foil.
  2. Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, separate the kale leaves from the tough stem. Tear the leaves into chip-sized pieces.
  3. Pile the kale pieces on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the kale is crispy and edges are beginning to brown. (Be careful not to let it go too long or you’ll just have a pile of crumbly, burned kale!)
  5. While the kale chips are in the oven (or the night before), mix all chicken salad ingredients except the paprika in a large bowl. Divide salad between halved crusty rolls with 2 lettuce leaves and 2 tomato slices per roll, garnish with a dash of paprika. Serve each sandwich with half of the kale chips.
Makes two sandwiches.
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Easy chicken salad sandwiches with kale chips

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