While DH is great at creating healthy recipes like Parmesan Cauliflower, fun ones like Corn Dog Sushi and other summer refreshments, I’m pretty good at making a few things. Several years ago, I created Nicole’s Next-Day Rotisserie Chicken Salad. Yes, I named it after myself because it was my first recipe. Just this week, #CollectiveBias challenged me to create a recipe that pairs well with tea. Well, I decided my beloved rotisserie chicken salad and my latest creation, Cool Cherry Sweet Tea, would be #TEARifficPairs.
After picking up the Rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club, I headed to Walmart for the remaining ingredients. Most of these items are probably already in your spice cabinet. We had to grab some extras, including the kind that don’t store in a cabinet. (cough, Klondike Bars and Ben & Jerry’s, cough)
Summer schedules are always hectic so it’s a bonus that both these recipes are ridiculously easy – not to mention really tasty!
Nicole’s Next-Day Rotisserie Chicken Salad
3 lb Rotisserie Chicken (Our favorite – Sam’s Club)
¼ tsp Oregano
¼ tsp Basil
¾ tsp Tarragon
1 tsp Garlic powder or Granulated Garlic
¼ tsp Kosher salt
1 cup Mayonnaise (MAYONNAISE not Miracle Whip! Our favorite – Hellmann’s)
Pepper to taste (Straight from the pepper mill if you have it)
Note: This recipe is best if prepared while the chicken is still warm then allowed to chill in the refrigerator overnight.
Pull and dice the entire rotisserie chicken. Discard all but a few well-seasoned pieces of skin for added flavor. Dice skin pieces and add them to the chicken. While it might seem quicker, don’t use a chopper as it doesn’t provide the right texture. Trust me, I’ve tried. I like shortcuts but not this time.
Next, add all the spices. If you have a pepper mill, it’s best with fresh ground pepper. I used restaurant grade black pepper this time then topped it off with fresh ground when I needed to adjust “to taste” at the end. You can use either garlic powder or granulated garlic. Both work equally as well.
The third (and final) step is to add the mayonnaise and stir it all together. Don’t skimp on the mayonnaise, folks! It may look too creamy but much will be absorbed while refrigerated. This is one of the things that makes it better the next day. (Hence the recipe title.) I also want to stress that mayonnaise means mayonnaise. I’ll use other products when making tuna salad but mayo makes a huge difference in this recipe. We prefer Hellmann’s and were sad when we moved to Los Angeles and couldn’t find it. Only to discover it’s Best Foods west of the Rockies. Yeah, we’re kind of fanatical about it.
It’s great on crackers or as a sandwich… but we love it by the spoonful, too! We added a touch of dried cranberries to the sandwich this time to sweeten the flavor a little.
What summer sandwich would be complete without summer drinks? Our entire family loves pop flavored with grenadine. Most often, we’ll order Roy Rogers but sometimes the kids will ask for a Shirley Temple. We keep grenadine on hand but don’t regularly purchase pop to use it with. I decided to brew up some Lipton tea and create a Cool Cherry Sweet Tea to go with the rotisserie chicken salad! Details, you ask? I’m happy to oblige!
Cool Cherry Sweet Tea
1 gallon brewed Lipton Tea
1 cup sugar
Maraschino cherries for garnish
- Add 8 ounces of Sweet Tea to a glass of ice.
- Stir in 1½ tbsp grenadine
- Garnish with Maraschino cherries
Of course, a delicious rotisserie chicken salad and cool cherry sweet tea meal should be finished off with a tasty dessert! While at Walmart, we picked up some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (yeah, we love the stuff) but also caved into the new Klondike Kandy Bars.
The kids just completed school and are working hard at track so it’s nice to be able to have some rewards on hand instead of having to stop by the ice cream shop. Let me tell you, those Klondike Kandy Bars are delicious. I’m not sure I want to share!
What’s your favorite sandwich and drink combo for the warmer weather?