Packed with so many great ingredients, this chicken salad sandwich could easily be called The Pantry Sandwich! Delicious dinner or lunch option for any day of the week!
Alternate title: Pantry sandwich.
On a recent snowy, cold day, I stood staring into my pantry, hungry, pondering lunch. It happened to be my 4-year-old's birthday, and he had already eaten a lunch involving raisins, chocolate and candy. So this lunch that I was pondering was for my husband and myself.
Soup, no. Pasta, no. Canned chicken, YES! And I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. I hadn't made chicken salad in far too long, and suddenly I needed it! I started grabbing ingredients, whatever I saw that would taste good with chicken and mayonnaise.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES
Throw the following ingredients into a medium bowl:
12.5-oz. can chunk chicken, drained, pieces broken apart with a fork
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup Craisins
1/4 cup green olives, chopped
Mix well and pile it between two pieces of sourdough bread along with some fresh spinach.
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THE BEST CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES!
Use meat from a Rotisserie chicken instead of from a can! I think that would rock even harder.
Substitute the pecans for walnuts, pine nuts or sesame seeds!
Use a light mayo for a less dense sandwich.
Substitute the green olives for black olives or even chopped pickles! Capers would taste amazing, too.
USES FOR ROTISSERIE CHICKEN MEAT
If you use meat from a Rotisserie chicken to make this recipe and have leftovers, there are endless possibilities for ways to use it up. I love loading up on Rotisseries chickens (or I just make my own!) because I never lack ideas for how to eat the succulent meat. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!
OTHER DELICIOUS SALAD RECIPES
Best Chopped Salad - This chopped salad is packed with delicious ingredients including candied pecans, red onions, avocado, tomatoes and more!
Edamame Tomato Corn Salad - Edamame Tomato Corn Salad is my favorite salad recipe of ALL TIME. This delicious salad is a crowd-pleaser, enjoyed any time of the year. Bring this to a party and it will be devoured immediately!
Loaded Veggie Salad - This versatile Loaded Veggie Salad is EASY to make and it is packed with healthy ingredients, such as chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes and avocados. It is a delicious lunch, wrap filling, party side or even a topping for chicken!
Quinoa Edamame Salad - Quinoa Edamame Salad is great for parties and can be served in throw-away cups for serving ease. Also great as a salad to have in the fridge. It is packed with fresh fruit and veggies.
Crunchy Bok Choy Salad - This crunchy, veggie-packed Bok Choy Salad is a great dish to bring to parties. Prepare this one just before serving. It will quickly become a salad favorite!
Avocado Berry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette - This is the most beautiful, vibrant salad you'll ever meet that also aligns with the Whole30 diet! There is such an intriguing combination of flavors and textures and you'll want to eat it every single day.