Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich

This chunky chicken salad is made for a sandwich.  But it doesn't have to stop there, the chicken salad can simply be eaten as just that--a salad on a bed of lettuce.  

Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich

The Recipe
Yields 3 cups

Ingredients for a Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich:

  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups of chicken cutlets or breast, roasted cut into 3/4" chunks

  • 1 tablespoon tarragon

  • 1 tablespoon fresh extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon crushed whole black peppers. Salt to taste.

  • 1 fresh celery stalk, diced

  • 1/2 cup whole walnuts, roasted and then broken or roughly chopped (See notes.)

  • 1/3 cu spring onions (about 3), diced or sliced depending upon the size of onions

  • 1/3 cup of dried cranberries (This is optional but HIGHLY recommended.)

  • 2/3 cup of light Miracle Whip (TM made by Kraft). You can of course make your own creamy dressing

  • Romaine lettuce

  • Muenster cheese

  • Fresh Alfalfa sprouts, preferably radish sprouts

  • Pumpernickel bread (other bread options: sour dough and wheat)


Mix raw chicken with olive oil, tarragon and black pepper.  Let sit for about an hour (Or you can even marinade it over night).  If you are using chicken breasts, cut them into strips to ensure all sides are covered with oil and seasonings.  Spread chicken on a baking pan under a broiler, cook for about 4 minutes.  Turn chicken over and cook for 3 minutes.  Allow the chicken to cool, then cut into chunks.  While waiting, roast the walnuts.

Take care not to cook to long or the chicken will be dry.  (Optional:  use a grill pan to cook chicken, cooking in the same length of time.)  You can get even more creative to try a different flavor, such as on-the-grill left over chicken or even whole roasted left over chicken.  Lightly but thoroughly mix all ingredients.  

Serve on pumpernickel, wheat bread or sour dough bread with a layer of dressing on both slices.  Layer sandwich with lettuce, chunky chicken salad, 1-2 slices of Munster cheese and top with alfalfa sprouts.


How to roast walnuts.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread whole walnuts on baking pan.  Place it on the middle rack. Roast 5-8 minutes or until walnuts turn a little darker and are very fragrant.  

Here's how I built this delicious sandwich:



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Sandwich Idea: Smoked Beef Brisket And Caramelized Onions

This smoked beef brisket with caramelized onions is a perfect match for the hearty appetite.  Read below to find out my short cut for making this a quick and easy sandwich.

Yes, I took the easy way to make this sandwich.  And why not!

  • Bread. From the bakery, purchase a 12" long fresh dough role. Following instructions, for baking. When bread is cool enough to handle, split it down the center and gently mashed the soft inside dough just enough to make room for the smoked brisket. Add a little miracle whip or your favorite dressing to the bread. Then cut the role into two 6" halves.

  • Smoked Beef Brisket. From Costco or some other reliable food store, purchase a beef brisket already smoked and sliced. Following instructions to heat the brisket. If necessary, slice it again into julienne-like strips. Pile the strips inside the role.

  • Caramelized Onions. Slice a large sweet onion, such as a Vidalia, into medium sized rings. But do not separate the rings. Saute the onions in butter until soft and brown. As the onions become soft, the rings will separate when you turn them. Pile the caramelized onions on top of the beef brisket slices.

Optional:  Top the beef brisket slices with a slice of your favorite cheese.  Zap it in the broiler just enough to melt the cheese a little.  Then add the onions. 

*You can of course smoke your own beef brisket.  There are lots of instructions on the internet.  Or you can try this one from Kingsford charcoal (and no, I'm not affiliated with Kingsford),



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Sandwich Ideas: Rosemary Baked Ham And Munster Cheese

This hearty rosemary baked ham and Munster cheese is fit for any size appetite.  See below for what's in it.   

This ham and cheese sandwich includes the following:

  • Everything bagel, toasted in the oven with butter

  • Miracle whip on bagel (feel free to substitute with your choice of dressing)

  • Lettuce

  • Slice of red onion

  • Slice of yellow heirloom tomato

  • Piles of thinly sliced rosemary baked ham

  • Slice of Munster cheese, melted

  • Piles of alfalfa sprouts


Easier than pie!  Cut, butter and toast the bagel under the oven broiler.  Add miracle whip or some other dressing you like to the toated bagel.  Cut vegetables.  Partly assemble sandwich on bagel beginning with red onion, tomato, stacked ham and cheese.  On a lid rib baking sheet, return sandwich to oven broiler to melt cheese, less than a minute.  You will need to watch it so as not to burn the cheese.  Place lettuce on the bottom half of the bagel.  On top of the lettus, place the broiled vegie, ham and melted cheese.  Finish with alfalfa spouts and bagel top.  Cut in half or just grab it with both hands!