What. A. Weekend. I had my entire family here, had a two day garage sale, and I’ve been sick the whole time. Nothing major; just a nasty cold that won’t let go, even when I think it’s over. Other than that, the rest of the weekend was good. My sisters and I met up on Friday for lunch and shopping, then we all drove back to my house for the weekend. My parents came down on Saturday night for dinner and Apples to Apples. We haven’t all been together since July, so it was REALLY awesome to be in the same place! The garage sale did ok; we did get rid of some stuff and made a little money. All in all, not a bad weekend. Oh! And tonight is the season premiere of “Once Upon a Time” and I have Scratch cupcakes in the freezer. So there’s that.
Tonight’s post features a pretty delicious chicken salad, if I do say so myself. (And I do.) It was chilly last week, so I thought I’d heat the sandwich in a fun twist. I hope you all like it! Beginners, this is a GREAT recipe to start with! The prep is minimal, and, if you’ve made a grilled cheese before, you’ll already be a pro! Plus, I’ve included some instructions for cooking and shredding your chicken below. Let me know what you think!
Chicken Salad Melts
What I’m Listening to: Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (Who ISN’T listening to that song?!)
Ingredients (makes 4 sandwiches)
-2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded*
-2/3 to 1 cup of mayonnaise
-2/3 cup of slivered almonds
-2/3 cup of dried cranberries,
-1/4 of an onion, diced
-8 slices of Swiss cheese
-8 slices of oatmeal bread
Place the chicken, mayo, almonds, cranberries, and onion in a large bowl and mix well. If the chicken salad is too dry, add more mayo. Add a pinch of garlic powder (trust me, a pinch is all you need) and stir. Use immediately, or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
When you are ready to make your melt, butter one side of each slice of oatmeal bread. Place one slice, butter side down, in a lightly greased frying pan. Turn the heat to medium. Top the bread with two large scoops of chicken salad, pushing down with the back of the spoon. Top with 2 slices of Swiss cheese and another slice of bread, butter side up. Flip the sandwich every 1-2 minutes until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Make all four sandwiches at once, or make them one at a time. Enjoy!
* Looking for a simple way to cook and shred your chicken? Place it in a slow cooker, cover with water, and cook on high for 2 hours, checking on the chicken after 90 minutes. Cut each piece down the center, to make sure there isn’t any pink. Drain the water completely, then shred the chicken with an electric mixer. Easy!*
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