Hurried Curried Chicken Salad

17 Oct

From time to time, life hands us lemons. This cannot be avoided. It is a widely accepted fact that we are to make lemonade out of those aforementioned lemons. Obviously this is a metaphor for turning a bad situation into a good one & that’s just what I did. In a pinch, during crunch time, when I was down to the wire & things were at their bleakest, I managed to turn what could only be described as a hot mess, into a lovely & delicious dinner for two.

I had come across several versions of a recipe for a certain chicken dish whilst perusing the internets. This recipe appealed to me. It was cheap, supposedly easy to make, & didn’t require eleventy seven different ingredients, score!

I gathered the few ingredients & set off to wow my Husband & children with this sure-to-be delectable dinner. I followed the directions impeccably & waited as the chicken simmered & intriguing smells wafted through my kitchen. Forty five minutes later my anticipation had piqued & I could wait no longer. I had to sneak a taste. The next 15 seconds were filled with more regret than I care to describe but please know that it was plentiful & long-lasting.

Dinner time was fast approaching & I had nothing to show for it. Nothing to serve to my loved ones except an enamel covered cast iron pot full of hopelessness. The dish was bad, that was a fact, but it was more a matter of the sauce being grody than the actual chicken meat. So I started de-boning while scouring my brain & refrigerator for a back up plan & came up with a what I knew would be a surefire winner.

As I patted myself on the back for being so clever (you do that too right?) I soon realized that I was missing some of the required ingredients. So I subbed in a few things here & there & the end result was delicious.

The Dressing

3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tsps lime juice
3/4 tsp curry powder

Mix all ingredients together & set aside.

The Goods

2-3 cups cooked chicken
1 medium apple, cut into small chunks
3/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1/2 cup thinly sliced raw sweet pepper
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 cup sunflower seeds

Mix the goods together & add dressing. Toss lightly until everything is coated. That’s it! Serve on bread as a sandwich or over a bed of greens. Or serve over a bed of greens on a sandwich. Enjoy!

Cass

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