I always appreciate Groupthinkers' recipe recommendations, so I suggest a weekly recipe swap. Each week would have a theme or prompt. This week - lunches! What are you taking in your lunch pail these days?
I am into curry chicken salad. I use a modification of Ina Garten's recipe:
2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3 if they are small. My butcher makes them GIANT, so the 2 I use are about 2 pounds together).
2 garlic cloves
1 1/2 cups good mayonnaise (recommended: Hellman's)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup mixture of fig jam & apple butter (Ina uses chutney, but I don't regularly have chutney so I substituted the mix of fig jam & apple butter, since they have similar flavors)
3 tablespoons curry powder (ETA: I am eating this on day 2 and I think 3 tablespoons is too much curry powder. I'd cut it down to 2.5)
1 cup medium-diced celery (2 large stalks)
1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (2 scallions)
1/4 cup halved red grapes (Ina uses raisins. I used grapes because I had some I needed to use)
1 cup sliced almonds (Ina uses roasted cashews. I just prefer almonds.)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Salt & pepper chicken on both sides. Smash garlic cloves with the back of your knife. Put chicken breasts and garlic cloves on a rimmed baking sheet and roast in oven for around 25 minutes, until cooked through. Discard garlic.
Allow chicken to cool until you are able to handle it. (I put it in the refrigerator.) Dice chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Add celery, scallions, grapes, and almonds to the bowl.
Place mayonnaise, white wine, apple butter, fig jam, curry powder and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt into a blender or food processor and combine until smooth.
Add dressing to the bowl of salad and dress the salad, tossing until completely coated. Refrigerate for a few hours to let flavors combine, then eat. Ina says to bring to room temp to eat, but I don't bother because I'm HONGRAY.
I like to have it with a side of fruit. Today it's pineapple, watermelon and cherries! Please share your lunchy recipes with the Jezeverse!