Thursday, May 10, 2012

BBQ Chicken Salad

Last night, Bill grilled barbecue chicken legs and boneless thighs.  We had three legs and three thighs left over.  One day last summer I discovered that putting the cold, leftover chicken in the food processor with some ranch dressing made a wonderful chicken salad.  Bill asks for it every time we have leftover barbecue chicken now.  This has to be the easiest meal to prepare!  Try it!  You might like it!

First, I took the chicken off the bones of the three legs.  Then I put the chicken from the three legs and the boneless thighs into the processor.  Next, I poured in 3-4 tablespoons of ranch dressing.  More can be used if you want it or need it.  This time, I added 1/4 cup of mayonaisse to keep the mixture from being too dry since the chicken was uncharacteristically dry.  You don't have to use the mayonaisse; I usually don't.

Then I locked in the lid and let the children have fun pushing the pulse button until the chicken was at desired consistency!  :)

I really should start taking more attractive pictures!
In the middle of me making the chicken salad Bill was going nuts for something sweet.  He ended up finding a lemon cake mix in my baking cabinet.  I don't normally use cake mixes, but this was an extra one I had bought for a kitchen experiment a while back and never used.  I didn't have enough eggs or an icing to go on it, so I had to think fast.  I did a quick internet search of egg substitutes and found I could use 1 tablespooon of applesauce to replace one egg.  I didn't have applesauce either, so I pulled out the mini processor, peeled and sliced an apple, threw the slices in the processor, and chopped the apples as finely as I could.  When the cake was done, I made a quick icing with powdered sugar.  I placed 1 and 1/4 cups of powdered sugar in a bowl.  I had 1/2 of a lemon left from the lemonade I made yesterday, so I squeezed the juice from the lemon into the sugar.  Next, I added 3 tablespoons of water.  Normally, you would use milk, but I didn't have that either!  My, it was just one of those days.  Thank goodness tomorrow is grocery shopping day!  I stirred the mixture until it was smooth and poured it over the warm cake.  The family didn't even let me get a decent picture of the cake before devouring it!  After tasting it, I couldn't blame them.  It was good!

Remember, in your kitchen, it's just a recipe.  Be bold, be brave, and make it work for you!  :)  Yep, you just may make a mistake and love it!

Until we meet again, may you be blessed!