This should also fall into the Do NOT Freeze category. I’ll start tagging the recipes so they’ll be easier to find…

In honor of the 2008 Olympics…

INGREDIENTS:
2-3 Chicken Breasts, cubed – I cheat sometimes and buy the already cooked strips at Costco–Heaven!
1 can of Mandarin Oranges
Toasted slivered almonds and sesame seeds
Wontons–I buy mine and fry them in oil at my house.
Cha-Cha Ching Chinese Salad dressing–my favorite
Romaine Lettuce

DIRECTIONS:
1. Fry the Wontons
2. Cook the chicken and dice it
3. Put all the ingrediants into the fridge for a few hours to get them nice and cold–only for best results.
4. Toss and enjoy!

Sometimes on the day of the swap, one gal will make something to be consumed that night or very soon because it cannot be frozen. Last week, Emily made a fantastic Chinese Chicken Salad that made me very happy.  Please email the recipe Emily!

But this week I made Regular old Chicken Salad to be stuffed inside garden fresh tomatoes. I really play this recipe by ear, but here goes.

For 2 families or 1 party here are the portions:

3 lbs boiled chicked diced into 1/2″ or smaller pieces. I used my hands and pulled when chicken cooled.

3 stalks of celery diced

(1) 3.8oz can of Sliced black Olives – drained

1 LARGE pickle or 2 mediums quartered lengthwise and then diced

1 Bag of Oven Roasted Sliced Almonds. (Found in the salad section of the grocery store)

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Lots of Mayonaise

Season to taste with the following seasonings: Minced Onion, Garlic Salt, Ground Black Pepper and Cayenne Pepper. (I just love the Cayenne – it leaves a great punch at the end) So like at least 3 shakes of that puppy.

OK so I’m overly generous with the mayo. I keep adding in mayo till it looks heart attack worthy. But you can ease off of that and start with 1 cup and then add incrementally till it looks like your type of chicken salad.

I doubled this batch to make enough for 4 families and provided store bought tomatoes (but your garden tomatoes would be so much better!) As well as Croissant rolls for kids and leftovers, 4 ear of corn for each family, and Sliced orange wedges!

I had it tonight and loved it myself. Good job me.

Merica sent the chicken cordon bleu with a bag of spinach, sliced almonds and strawberries with this dressing:

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 tsp paprika

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 tablesppon poppy seeds