Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Hawaiian Chicken Salad Boats--Mmmmmm!
Makes about 6 sandwiches
Total time: 35 minutes (if you don't have "help")
Light, refreshing, and a delightful twist on an old favorite!


5 strips bacon, diced

1 1/2 baguettes, toasted

1/3 cup olive oil, divided

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 1/4 cups fresh cilantro leaves, packed down

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, packed

1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, chopped

Juice of 1/2 a lime

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup plain yogurt

3 cups chicken, shredded

1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup fresh pineapple (a can of crushed works nicely)

Optional: 1 Tbsp Jalapeno, minced and

Red bell pepper, minced


Preheat oven to highest broiler setting with rack in top position.

Saute bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove grease with a paper towel.

Slice top 1/4 off the baguettes and hollow out, removing the bread inside (make some homemade croutons?). Divide into 6 equal segments. Brush each piece with 1 Tbsp oil, season to taste, and broil on a baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Mince cilantro, mint, ginger, and lime juice in a food processor to make pesto. Add mayonnaise and yogurt and mix until combined well. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Mix chicken, diced bacon, and nuts with pesto in a bowl, set aside. Toss spinach with a little oil and lime juice. If using jalapenos, stir with pineapple in a seperate bowl.

Layer on baguette by placing spinach on first, enough to cover base of bread. Next, add about 1/2 cup of chicken salad mixture. Garnish with pineapple or pinepple mixture and minced pepper, if desired.


That means, YOU, Mary! =P


Phantom Seraphim said...

Soooooooooo, Molly. I want to say that I'm a big fan of your recipes. I've not tried them all yet, but soon. ;)

My question though is one of utmost importance: After you preheat the oven, what do you do with it? Just warm the kitchen???

Mols said...

Mmmmmm...you don't warm your house this way? Huh. I'll need to check into other options. =P
Though I'll admit it looks silly that way, that's just the order you want to do things in. You preheat the oven in order to (see 5 lines later).

Glad you're enjoying trying the recipes! It's nice to know you're not publishing them to cyberspace for no reason! =)