Leftovers – Chicken salad

16 Dec
On Sunday night, I got back to healthy eating by cooking dinner for me and GP. We had chicken with a strawberry/spinach/walnut salad and mushroom/pea risotto. Now, you may have noticed, as I have, that for some reason chicken breasts always come in packs of three. So I cooked all three:
Gena’s Sunday night easy chicken
Preheat oven to 325oF. Line an 8″ baking dish with foil for easy clean up.
Open chicken, and leave in package. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt and pepper, 1/8 tsp Tarragon, and 1/8 tsp thyme. Taking chicken out of package, put it seasoned side down in the baking dish. Repeat the seasonings on newly exposed side. Drizzle with just a tiny bit of olive oil. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until juices run clear. Eat!
GP and I each ate half a breast, leaving us with the equivalent of 2 breasts left over. Now, GP and I don’t really like redundancy in our dinners, unless said dinner is pizza, in which case we will eat the same thing everyday for a month. What that means is that leftovers don’t really get eaten in our house, except leftover pizza.
In order to keep this really delicious chicken from going to waste, I immediately tore it into thin strips and put it in the fridge. See, I was planning ahead here. I had planned to have extra chicken to be used in making chicken salad the next night! It was a stroke of pure genius on my part, one which may not be repeated for a very long time.  
Gena’s Monday night leftover chicken salad
2 cooked, shredded chicken breasts (about 3 cups)
1/2 medium cucumber, diced small
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped small
1/3 cup mayonnaise
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
salt and pepper to taste (or be bold and use Cajun seasoning instead!)
Mix it all together in a big bowl. Serve over a bed of spinach, or on toast, or with crackers. Whatever floats your boat. 

Somehow, I forgot to add the Feta. It was still tasty!
Now, of course you can use low fat mayo or Miracle Whip instead of real mayo if that’s your thing. Also, plain yogurt or sour cream could be used as well. 
So there you go! One night you spend a half hour making dinner, and the next night you spend 5 minutes chopping stuff and don’t have to turn on any kitchen appliance. I should really do this more often.
We ate on TV trays because the table looks like this:
Yeah, that’s my fault.


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