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11

June 2014

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Chicken Salad

by Jen Kwan, on chicken, roasted garlic, tomato, italian, sandwich, lunch, salad

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Chicken Salad

Buying whole chickens really makes one innovate as many uses out of the animal as possible. This specimen recieved a crispy oven roast of the wings and thighs served with a maple scotch BBQ pan sauce (homemade of course, it involved tomato paste.) The remainder of the chicken, breasts and carcass, were simmered down into a chicken stock thus leaving me with cooked chicken breast meat again.

I'm always trying to work through prepped items in my pantry, this week I had half a can of tomato paste leftover from the aforementioned BBQ sauce as well as a batch of roasted garlic to last me for months.

Months are not something I have at the moment since my SO and I are moving north of the border to my motherland, Canada, in just a few weeks. Roasted garlic is not on the top of my moving list so it is on the top of my eating list.

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Chicken Salad

I decided to make a flavoured mayonnaise with the tomato paste and the roasted garlic. It was an improvised emulsification which involved my blender and some experience with homemade mayo so I didn't follow a recipe nor did I take exact measurements. I will post a recipe for it in the future but this recipe is a great stand in for now.

So, a quick reminder of my chicken salad formula:

  • added fat: roasted garlic and tomato mayonnaise
  • crunch from vegetables and/or nuts: scallions and coarsely grated parmesan
  • sweetness from dried fruit: tomato paste (if I had fresh or sundried tomatoes I definitely would have added them.)
  • a little something special: non-traditional chicken salad?

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Chicken Salad

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Chicken Salad

INGREDIENTS
  • shredded chicken from half a chicken
  • 1/3 cup roasted garlic and tomato mayonnaise
  • 2 small or 1 large scallion, greens only, minced
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese, coarsely grated
METHOD
  1. Throw it all in a bowl and mix it together.

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Chicken Salad

*Yield: 6 sandwiches worth.

Jen Kwan
Jen Kwan

I do the food thing where it is prepared, often with the application of heat, and then we all eat it.

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