One thing I love, love, love about summer is the food! Ok, who am I kidding. I love food all the time. BUT, I find it so much easier to make healthy food choices when fruits and veggies are a plenty and it's hot enough for me to actually
to drink water. During fall and winter I just want to suck down hot soups and casseroles with large hunks of bread on the side. Not to mention mugs full of hot calorie-laden goodness. So, hooray for summer and better eating habits!
We're all about the quick and easy (but still yummy) around here, so I thought I would do a series on ways we use the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. And since the warm weather has officially arrived, I'm going to kick things off with one of my favorites to whip up for lunch....
This recipe was born from my college roommate Megan who used to make this with canned chicken breast. It was a staple in our little dorm apartment and I haven't stopped eating it since....just with a few little tweaks.
If someone's throwing "Waldorf" into the title of salad, that usually means apples, celery, walnuts, and mayo are involved, but you can certainly mix up and substitute any of these ingredients to suit your tastes. Here's what I use (click
for printable recipe):
1 rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup dried cranberries (chopped)
1 apple (chopped)
2-3 stalks of celery (chopped. I didn't have any on hand for this batch, but I almost always include it)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (almonds or pecans would work too)
pepper to taste
garlic salt to taste (or regular salt and a pinch of garlic powder will do the trick)
1/3 cup of mayo or plain yogurt
I recruit James for this because something about de-boning a chicken just grosses me out. Tell me I'm not the only one!
I like adding the dry seasoning before the mayo/yogurt, because it gets more evenly distributed before adding the wet stuff.
Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
Then serve it up on a couple of croissant rolls...
Or scoop some into a bowl and enjoy.
It's great on it's own, in a sandwich, as filling for a wrap, or even scooped with some pita chips. What's your favorite way to use a rotisserie chicken during the summer?
For a printable copy of the recipe, click