A few weeks ago I had a tiny little surprise impromptu gathering (how do you like all of those adjectives?) for my friend I’ve known since elementary school. Keeping my simple and easy vibe in mind, I nixed my original grilling idea and decided on this even easier chicken caesar sandwiches. I found it by searching Pinterest for picnic & chicken.
These ended up working out perfectly. I threw the chicken in the crockpot in the afternoon, did very minimal clean up around the house, prepared the mojito fruit salad, took pictures of the mojito fruit salad (doesn’t everyone?), and put the cushions out on the deck furniture. A few minutes before I anticipated the guest of honor arriving, I started shredding the chicken. My version turned out even simpler than the original because I was in no mood to grocery shop and was missing the parmesan cheese. Also, I’m just now realizing I added italian seasoning instead of parsley because I apparently read parsley as italian seasoning. They were still delicious. For anyone interested, I used Ken’s Creamy Caesar because that’s what we had.
Earlier in the day, as part of my minimal prep, I cut up tomatoes and onions and put them, along with lettuce from my Aunt’s garden in Maryland, on the same cutting board I used to cut. #fancy. In a basket I threw rolls from the grocer’s bakery section and served the chicken in the same bowl I tossed it in. Like I said, #fancy.
It worked out perfectly for the party. One of my girlfriend’s brought a pasta salad and another brought a green salad. Anyone who wanted a sandwich could assemble to their perfect customizations and anyone who wanted to eat the chicken with the green salad sans white carbs could do so too.
The chicken salad was so easy I went ahead and made it again the next day to have for lunch for the week. Okay, I also did it so I could take some photographs because I have all the sudden developed a desire to work on my food photography. Not bad for my second time, eh? My Mom said I could have used a better “backdrop” (as in the blue mat). I kind of agree.
The second time I added chopped celery and onion for a bit more crunch.
All in all, I give this recipe a hearty 4 out of 5 blueberry streusels (making up my own rating system). I subtracted one star because the chicken got pretty dry after it soaked in all the dressing. Easy fix, though, I just packed extra dressing on the side.
Is this a recipe you’d try? How would you customize it?