Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rosie Makes A Curried Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap.

I found chicken quarters at Food Lion on sale for $0.39 a pound. I bought 2 10-pound bags. Last Saturday I cooked some of the quarters to make chicken salad. Here's my first version - a curry and raisin mixture adapted from one of Ina's recipes.
I wrapped mine in a lettuce wrap. Loved the crunch and lightness of the lettuce with the chicken salad. Ina served hers in a tortilla wrap which I think is too heavy with this particular salad. Mr. Hawthorne suggested the lettuce wrap and it's perfect.
My mise en place: 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped 1 scallion, chopped 1 celery stalk, chopped 1/4 cup raisins 1/3 cup cashews 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 TB chutney (Major Grey's) 1 TB curry powder salt and pepper are optional After I taste-tested I decided no salt was needed.
Little piles of raisins, cashews,
chopped celery and scallions, and chopped chicken.
Mix all together.
Add in mayo.
Add in chutney and curry.
Mix well. Cover and refrigerate to let the flavors meld.
I had to taste test first, so I scooped a bit on a cracker. It was at this point Mr. Hawthorne suggested a lettuce wrap. Knowing him to be the credit whore that he is, I promised I would tell my readers that he alone is solely responsible for the lettuce wrap idea.
I have to say, the lettuce was inspired. It was the perfect foil for the flavors in the chicken salad.

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