Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cranberry, Apple and Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwiches


My blogging buddy, the talented and prolific author Blonde duck, is having a birthday this month. Although I'm many miles away and we've never actually met in person, I'm sending her lots of Pennywise birthday greetings and good wishes for many happy returns. And also, a recipe. The little blonde duckie is having a princess style birthday bash with guests bringing various decadent pies and sandwiches. For her party, I've created a pretty little September chicken sandwich, full of the season's best flavors, like apples, cranberries, and pecans, which are also sprinkled on top for a confetti-birthday effect. Canned chicken-yes canned chicken for speed, makes the base, but any fully cooked chicken will work well. I've made this sandwich very light to provide a healthful base for all the sugar laden pies that will come for dessert. Instead of the usual binding of mayonnaise and sour cream, I've used plain whole milk yogurt, made extra tangy by the addition of fresh lemon juice. Pop on by and wish the little duckie a happy birthday, and then make one of these scrumptious and healthy sandwiches for yourself. I'm sure your birthday is coming soon, too.Money Saving Tips: Keep a couple of cans of chicken in your pantry for super fast sandwiches. Stock up when it goes on sale. Leftover chicken of any kind will work well here, though. Use whatever variety of apple, or even dried apples for this salad. Cranberries can be swapped out for other dried fruits also.
Cranberry, Apple and Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Estimated Cost: $4.50
1 (10 ounce) can chicken chunks, drained
1/2 golden delicious apple, diced-plus matchstick slices for top
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries, plus more for top
1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, plus more for top
1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
1/3 cup minced celery
1/4 cup chopped scallions
pinch of dried thyme or 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh
4 large slices whole grain bread, crusts trimmed, cut into 4 squares each and toasted

In a medium bowl, combine chicken, apples, and lemon juice; mix well to coat. Stir in cranberries, walnuts, yogurt, celery, scallions, and thyme. Add 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Taste salad and adjust salt and pepper if needed. Mound chicken salad on toast pieces. Top with matchstick apples, cranberries, and walnuts and serve.
Coming Tomorrow:
Weekend Lunch
Turkey, Cheddar, and Bacon Sandwiches with Chipotle Mayo

41 comments:

Veronica said...

Happy Birthday to Blonde Duck! I like the substitution of yogurt for the mayo-I do it often, since I've never been a big fan of mayo-sometimes I'll just use fat free sour cream.

Marie said...

This looks lovely Erin. I didn't know it was Duckie's Birthday!! You have to let me know which day it was. Perhaps she told me and I have forgotten! E-mail me pretty please with sugar on it!

Maria said...

Happy Birthday to Blonde Duck! I hope it is a good one!

I love the yogurt switch in this! And I LOVE Cranberries!! They are my fav!!

Anna M. said...

What a great birthday sandwich! Happy Birthday to Blonde Duck! =)

I made your Corn & Black Bean Salad last night for dinner and it was a huge hit...my husband had seconds and thirds! Thanks again! =)

Mary Ann said...

This is just up my alley. I love it when yogurt is used as a base in these types of salads, because I can't stand mayo. I am also loving the crunchy items in this one. Delish!

The Food Librarian said...

This looks great!!! Thanks for this recipe and such wonderful photos. I love the Cranberry Tuna at the Whole Foods deli...haven't been able to recreate it at home, I swear they put crack in it! I love your blog!

Catherine said...

What a delicious and speedy little concotion! Happy brithday to the blonde duck!

Beth said...

Loving the yogurt substitute - sometime mayo can be a little too heavy. A great September Sandwich! My Mum always has canned chicken in her pantry, I might just get some next time at the supermarket

Sara said...

I love your sandwiches. They are perfect with the yogurt. I'm excited to try them. Tomorrow's sandwich sounds awesome too!

The Blonde Duck said...

Prudy, I love you. I adore you. You're better than a rock star. You're a... (what's better than a rock star) Queen! A Queen of Culinary Talent! That's what you are.

That sandwich is definately going on the menu. And you'll be thrilled to know that not only is there a new Miss Pickles tommorow, but Marie drew a wonderful picture of her! You'll love it!

The Blonde Duck said...

And thanks to everyone for the wonderful wishes! I always love to drag out my birthday and now I can do it for a whole month! Hooray!

The DeL Sisters said...

This looks great! I love chicken salad!

Amy said...

This looks delish!! Can't wait to try these sweet sandwiches!!

Becky said...

These look so wonderful. I just want to tell you that thanks to your blog, my family's quality of life has improved. Also, may I make one request? I'm always on the lookout for good grilled salmon recipes--do you have any? But then maybe you don't like salmon. I seem to remember I got that idea from one of your posts.

Lisa said...

I love chicken salad with fruit! The yougurt sounds like a great substitution.

Prudy said...

Becky:
You are sooo sweet! Thanks so much for leaving such a kind email. I love salmon-just haven't posted it since it can be pricey. I'll definitely plan on posting some recipes, in your honor, you kind reader!

Darius T. Williams said...

This totally rocks...and this almost exactly how I make my chicken salad...apples and currants are a definite must!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Steph said...

That just like how my mom makes chicken salad.. but of course your version looks so much prettier and healthier.. no mayo! I'm sort of a mayo hater, but sometimes you need it to bind stuff together. I'll have to try out your yogurt trick.

Marjie said...

This is a pretty sandwich - you can convince the kids it's too pretty to be healthy! That's a nice birthday sandwich for Blond Duck!

Pam said...

I love a good chicken salad. I usually add grapes and walnuts to mine. Yours sounds fantastic - I'll try it next time. Happy birthday to Blonde Duck.

Esi said...

I'm not a mayo hater, but I love the idea of yogurt in this salad. Looks delicious!

Kevin said...

This chicken salad sounds so good! I like the use of the yogurt.

Bridgett said...

What a fresh idea to use the cranberries and the use of yogurt. I am going to have to give that a try next time.

Michal said...

you have a gift, my friend. whatever you post about become exactly what i want. as i read i always mentally go through my pantry and fridge, wondering how soon i could be eating whatever it is you've made. today was no exception. yum.

Natashya said...

I love apple in salads like these. I have been known to put it in tuna salad too.
This is a great dish for the beginning of apple season. Looking forward to turkey, cheddar and bacon tomorrow!

~Holly said...

I love chiken salad sandwiches!! Your recipe looks amazing!! You are right . . . it is perfect for September! :)

Cynthia's Blog said...

Now this I can make tomorrow without even having to go to the store! I love recipes like this.

Emiline said...

Happy birthday Blonde Duck! Enjoy your sammiches.

Grace said...

mmm--awesome sammies for the duckster. i love apples and nuts in my chicken salad and detest mayo, so i find your recipe positively perfect. :)

hot garlic said...

I can't keep up with you! These sound great, and yes, my birthday is coming up, I'll let you know since I want a special birthday treat!

Great idea to sub in the yogurt, I bet you don't even miss the mayo or sour cream!

Deanna said...

I will be making this for lunch.

Katherine Aucoin said...

You have been a busy lady. Your salads and sandwiches look so yummy. Great end of summer healthy and cool ideas.

Laura said...

As usual, this looks delish! I just love your blog and gave you an award. See my blog to get it.

Thanks for all of your fantastic ideas!

MK and Co. said...

This sandwich looks dainty, delicious, and delightful. I love all the flavor combinations!

1freshstart said...

Oh, that looks awesome. I'm going to Target at lunch so I can have a chicken salad sandwich. I know it's late and all, but yesterday was hectic... I didn't have time to do anything. So for what it's worth, I'm really finnicky about mayo too. If I see it blurp out of a sandwich I *shudder* gag.
~Cat

Dawn said...

Those are the perfect ingredients for chicken salad. I love and eat this once a week. Of course, the way you prepare it looks way better. lol

gigi said...

I love different kinds of chicken salad. I make one a lot like this but with the red seedless grapes, or sometimes the yellow raisins. I always like pecans in any chicken salad.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I think those dried cranberries go so well with chicken salad, and next time I'm trying the yogurt idea!

Nickki said...

Looks delicious! I must give this filling a try, I just love chicken salad and the cranberries sound so good.

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