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Fruity Chicken Salad Sliders
I love, love this recipe! Chicken Salad is one my favorite salads for sandwiches or in this case sliders on focaccia bread. One of my favorite products to keep in my pantry is Hormel Chicken Breast chunks. It can be the start of so many good recipes. Are the kids coming home from school and wanting a snack? Try these Easy Fruity Chicken Salad Sliders. They’ll love the size of these sandwiches and bonus because mom can have a salad while the kids are having their sliders. I served mine with some homemade fries for the kids.
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So before we get to the slider recipe I want to talk about this chicken breast for a few minutes. I love keeping it in my pantry. I know when I open a can of Hormel Foods Chicken Breast Chunks that it is so good and tasty and something my family will love. I use it for a quick chicken casserole with pasta or sometimes I add a little barbecue sauce to it for a quick barbecue chicken sandwich. It also makes a quick buffalo dip if you need an appetizer or snack. The possibilities are endless. If you’ve never tried it, grab a can the next time you go to the grocery store. Check out Hormel’s Easy Recipe Ideas for some easy, delicious recipes.
What I really love about this recipe is how easy it would be to switch up this recipe and make it using what you’ve got an hand. I don’t know of many things that wouldn’t be good in this chicken salad. For instance I used a fresh apple in this recipe but you could just as easily use canned mandarin oranges. I added dried cherries but dried cranberries or blueberries are a great exchange. Originally I intended to put some nuts in the salad and instead opted for the pomegranate seeds for crunch. I also use cole slaw dressing on it for a touch of sweetness but yogurt or salad dressing works too.
- 1 10 oz. can Homel Chicken Breast - drained
- 1 apple
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1/3 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 pomegranate seeded
- 1/4 cup coleslaw dressing or yogurt
- Slider buns
- 6 pieces sharp cheddar cheese
- butter for buns
- Drain the chicken breast and put it in a bowl.
- Dice up the celery, apple and red onion. Add it to the chicken breast.
- Add the dried cherries and pomegranate seeds.
- Stir in the dressing.
- Heat a panini grill to high or a large frying pan.
- Split the buns in half. Spread a small amount of butter on the top and bottom of buns. Place the bottom on grill or frying pan. Add a piece of cheese. Top with the chicken salad. Top with another piece of cheese. Add the top of the bun. Close grill if using one. Grill the sandwiches if using a frying pan, flipping over when brown.
- When cheese is melted and buns browned they are done.
Want to make some substitutions in this salad? Here are some suggestions.
Hormel Chicken Breast
Fruit such as Apples – pineapple, mandarin oranges, oranges, kiwi, blueberries
Dried Fruits – dried cherries, dried blueberries, dried apricots, dried cranberries, raisins
Nuts – I used pomegranate seeds, try walnuts, pecans or almonds
Cheese – use your favorite, a sprinkle of blue cheese would be a great addition if you love it
I would bet that Hormel’s Bacon Toppings would be good too because we all know everything is better with bacon. In case you can’t tell pretty much anything goes.
Tip: if you are using the pomegranate seeds here’s an easy way to get those delicious seeds out. Cut the pomegranate in half. Cut in half with the pointed ends being top and bottom. Then take a wooden spoon and beat the outside of the skin over a bowl. Those seeds will pop right out. If a little membrane comes out just remove it.
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