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Cherry Chicken Salad Sandwich
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Chopped fresh parsley
2 to 4 croissants
Combine chicken, cherries and onions in a large bowl; mix well. In another bowl, combine mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice and pepper; pour over chicken mixture. Mix gently. Refrigerate, covered, 1 to 2 hours. Spoon chicken salad on sliced croissants; top with lettuce. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Makes 2 to 4 servings, depending on size of croissants.
Smoked Chicken Salad with Dried Cherries and Onions
4-1/2 cups diced smoked chicken
1-1/2 cups diced celery, diced 1/4 inch
2-1/4 cups diced sweet onions, diced 1/4 inch
2-1/4 cups chopped dried tart cherries
1-1/2 cups toasted pecan pieces
1/2 cup minced fresh basil
2 cups mayonnaise
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh orange peel
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
Dice or chop chicken, celery, onion and cherries to about 1/4 inch. Combine chicken, celery, onion, cherries, pecans, basil, mayonnaise, orange juice, orange peel, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl; stir gently until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To prepare sandwiches:
24 slices rustic bread
3/4 cup mayonnaise
48 leaves bibb lettuce
Place bread on work surface, spread 12 slices of bread with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise each. Spread other 12 slices with 3/4 cup(about 6 ounces) chicken salad per slice. Top chicken salad with bibb lettuce, close sandwiches; slice in half diagonally and serve. Makes 12 sandwiches; 9 cups (72 ounces) chicken salad.
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