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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chicken Salad Cheddar Melts

Little man and I came home yesterday looking like two drowned rats. I could have probably passed for a love torn ex-girlfriend who has just gotten dumped. The mascara was dripping down my face and the curls were out of control.

Needless to say, we got about 30 minutes of the market in before the downpour came once again, tornado sirens were blaring, and we were heading home. Oh well, there is always next week!

So, last week my friend Lisa sent me an email asking for my chicken salad recipe. I guess I was supposed to send it to her, like ages ago, but I forgot, so I sent it to her before I would forget again. That got me thinking that we hadn't had homemade chicken salad in a long time, and my visit to the Candy Kitchen a few weeks back made me only want it even more.

I always like a sandwich toasted or in panini form, just seems better? So that is what we made, Chicken Salad Cheddar Melts. This is an easy dinner as you can make the salad up the night before as it only gets better sitting in the fridge!

Chicken Salad Cheddar Melts (makes 4 sandwiches)
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c. mayo
3 T. mustard
1 T. dill pickle relish
1 T. dill, plus an additional 1 t. dill for sauce
sliced cheddar cheese
whole wheat bread

Place chicken breasts in a saucepan and cover with water. Add 1 T. dill to cooking water and bring to a boil. Then turn down to a simmer and cook until chicken is firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. Removed chicken and place in bowl to cool. Meanwhile mix other ingredients and set aside.

When chicken is cool, shred with fork, or dice into chunks. Mix with dressing and chill. Can be eaten cold in salads, or pressed between two slices of whole wheat bread with cheddar cheese for sandwiches or melts.

The dill is what does it for me in these melts. It just brings the chicken to a whole new level. Try it!

And I promise, one day, if I ever get a new camera, the pictures will do it justice:)

Would you like to comment?

  1. So sorry that it rained on you yesterday! This weather has just been awful! It is supposed to be wonderful today though!!

    My husband would love this sandwich! I'm not a chicken salad fan, but he loves it and these would be right up his alley!!

  2. mmm so far this morning i have seen a tuna melt and a chicken melt on the blog! you guys are killing me! this looks so good. i know how easy it is to make, i just need to get on it!

  3. I LOVE chicken salad! And I love melts so this is perfect for me!

  4. Thanks, Ally!! :-) I really need to get a panini press, turns out I don't have anything like that in my stash of unused wedding gifts! I only have sandwich makers (about 2 or 3 of them!) that do them like grilled cheese, soft! I like to get my bread crispy! Forgive my ignorance, but that's what the panini press does right? Oh, I made your chocolate chip peanut butter bars this week, yum! That recipe is a keeper!

  5. Lisa...you do need to get a panini press! But, until you do, just use a griddle pan, and place a sheet of foil over the sandwich and place something heavy on top to press the sandwich down. A brick, large can of tomatoes, etc. That way you get the "squished" sandwich and it still gets crispy!

  6. I love tuna and chicken melts! So creamy and rich and delicious :).

  7. Those sandwiches look delicious. I love toasted, melty sandwiches.

  8. Sandwiches always are better in panini form...but I can't figure out why either :) This looks great!

  9. looks so good, great tempting pictures, following you:-)

  10. OH my GOSH! That looks fantastic!

  11. Omg, YUMMMMMM!! This is totally what I've been craving lately!! I have to make this SOON!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! I love yours!! :) And omg, I see a recipe link for oatmeal carmelitas on your sidebar.......... those are my faaaaaavorites!! :)

  12. Great toast, they look yummy! and I love cheddar :P

  13. Great toast, they look yummy! and I love cheddar :P

  14. OH my GOSH! That looks fantastic!

  15. Sandwiches always are better in panini form...but I can't figure out why either :) This looks great!