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)
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.