I can just hear the chorus out there saying "leftovers, EWWWWWWHHH!"
Trust me here, there is a major difference between what I'm talking about and those 3 week old containers of stuff from the restaurant meal that are turning into a science project at the back of your fridge (yes, I know they're there, I'm a mom after all!)
What I'm talking about here is leftovers that are PLANNED!
When the weather gets hot I just hate to heat up the kitchen every single day to cook something, so we shift into "batch mode". One of our favorites is to cook extra chicken. Depending on what the other meal plans for the week are, it may be worth while to cook a whole extra chicken just to make up chicken salads later in the week.
Here then are two recipes to use left over chicken in:
Chinese Chicken Salad
1 small head of cabbage, finely shredded
1/4 red onion thinly sliced (or use 1 bunch of green onions)
1 large chicken breast, cooked, deboned and shredded (I use a fork to do the shredding)
1 package Ramen noodles, broken into pieces (throw the seasoning packet away)
Toss these items together until well mixed
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp chicken bullion base
1 cup sesame oil
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup sesame seeds
In a small skillet toast the sesame seeds until they are golden brown.
Blend together all of the other ingredients, then add sesame seeds
Pour dressing over salad and top with 1/4 cup sliced (or slivered) almonds
Any left over salad makes a great lunch the next day!
Chicken Waldorf Salad
1 large chicken breast, cooked, deboned and cut into small cubes
2 inner ribs of celery, chopped into small dice
1 medium red apple (braeburn or gala taste best), seeded and diced
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/4 to 1/3 cup mayonnaise
Mix chicken, celery, apple and pecans.
Begin with 1/4 cup of the mayonnaise. If the mixture seems dry, add the rest of the mayonnaise.
This is really attractive if arranged on a lettuce leaf with tomato wedges, pecan halves and black olives as garnish.
See, if you plan for those leftovers, there are no bad ones!