| I'm sorta embarrassed by this recipe. I'm not sure why, but I'm a little squeamish putting it onto my website. Actually, I DO know why I'm embarrassed.|
I LOVE the roasted chickens I find at all the various stores. Even down in Mexico, I could always a good and inexpensive whole roasted chicken. I usually cut the breasts out and eat them "as is", or I cook them into something, like a soup or some kind of stir-fry. Usually I get a meal from each breast. Then, on the 3rd day, I usually warm up the chicken, pick the legs and the rest of the chicken of its final remaining meat. That's always used for chicken salad (occasionally, I use this for other things, but it's ALMOST always chicken salad). Some of the time it's regular, and some of the time it's curried, but the basic source is the same. The bones are then made into stock.
I do this ... A LOT. I want to say once a week, but it's probably closer to once a month. It's a fairly regular occurrence. It's always quick and rustic, it goes into a Tupperware with a lid and usually sustains me for about 3 more days. It's never eaten WITH anything, on anything, inside anything, etc. Just a bowl of chicken salad ... in a bowl. That's it.
I suppose this is why, when the time came to add it to my website, my mind kind of ... farted.
I couldn't think of anything! I had no master vision. No clever plan. I couldn't imagine just having a bowl of chicken salad sitting in a bowl. It would look ridiculous! I needed to do SOMETHING! I scoured my kitchen, looking for an idea. I found a nice piece of iceberg lettuce and a tomato. Ok, I'll go New Jersey Diner Style!
In retrospect, it looks like I opened a can of cat food and tried to impress my fancy cat. Oh ... I'm so embarrassed. I'm going to go hide in my man cave, now. (also, I don't have a fancy cat)
In short: This simple and delicious chicken salad is HIGH on my list of things to eat, but ... I don't know how to make it purdy. It's a tasty little mayonnaise salad in a bowl, which ... kind of ... belongs in a bowl.