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Friday, July 23, 2010

Last Minute Luncheon - Fruity Chicken Salad


Three girlfriends; Kathleen, Becky (Lace and Lures/One Shabby Old House Blogs) and Kellie. We were all free on the same day...a rarity! Spontaneous idea to get together for lunch...Not much time to prepare food...

I decided to make a chicken salad using a rotisserie chicken from Publix...but there were NONE ready...not even COLD ones. I wanted petit fours and mini-eclairs from the bakery...none were ready! Publix actually FAILED me! Guess I hit the store too early. OK... move to Plan B...

Menu:
Fruity Chicken Salad

Publix Mixed Fruit Salad
(cut into smaller pieces and add some blueberries)

Mixed Baby Greens

Cuban Soda Crackers

(planned to make Date Nut muffins, but I did not have time)
Pomegranate Mint Lemonade
or Mint Iced Tea
(recipe found in 7/8/10 post)
Publix Two-Bite Cupcakes



Fruity Chicken Salad in a Hurry Recipe (there isn't one!)

In the microwave, cook 3 boneless chicken breasts for about 10 minutes. (I used the Pampered Chef Covered Baker). Cut breasts into bite-sized chunks. Put into a bowl and pop into the freezer for a few minutes to quickly cool. When chilled, add 1 small can diced or sliced water chestnuts (drain), a handful of raisins, craisins, or dates, a handful of blueberries, and green grapes (cut in half). Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste.

Line 1/2 of a dinner plate with mixed baby greens. Top with a generous scoop of the chicken salad. Place a scoop of Fruit Salad on the other half of the plate. Add a tiny dish of Poppyseed Dressing (I used an egg cup.) so your guests can add to their salads, according to their tastes.

For the table...I used a 1 1/2 yard rectangle of fabric, turned at an angle. Turquoise sea grass placemats added a tiny touch of color, followed by rattan chargers and coral (orange) plates. I used lime green and turquoise egg cups to hold individual portions of Poppyseed Dressing. Turquoise napkins and orange, yellow and white daisies completed the table.

The centerpiece is a handmade basket, made by a friend filled with flowers from...PUBLIX. A medium bowl was inside the basket and filled with water. To hold the cut flowers in place, I used a grid made of painter's tape. It helps to hold the short stemmed flowers.

Simple...quick...inexpensive! And what fun we had!
Wish you could have been with us....
Jane

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9 comments:

One Shabby Old House said...

4 Amigos = Fabulous fun. Thank you for being such a creative friend. Your friendship is such an inspiration to me.
Love you
Becky

M & M said...

pretty fancy stuff for so quickly done! Wish I could have been there too; love chicken salad!

M & M said...

ps not sure when the p's come home...they are expecting probably Sept or Oct. We will see.

becky at abbeystyle said...

Publix failed you? How could they? I guess it happens sometimes...I miss Publix when I'm up north in the summer.
Looks as if you surived!!!
Have a great weekend, Jane.

Deanna said...

Jane, What a great time you must have had and the food does sound like a winner to me!

I luv chicken salad on salad greens.

Brought back memories of when I fixed tons of chicken salad for a wedding rehearsal. I pulled it off and away we went.

God bless you and I wish I could have popped in to visit and eat. I might have brought some strawberries with whipped cream.
d

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Jane, this sounds really good whether you're in a hurry or not. YUM! We had chicken salad today in tomatoes, and it was good.

Once I cheated and used the canned chicken breast, and it wasn't bad because I doctored it up with chutney. It was a recipe I found calling for chutney, apples, grapes, rice, etc, and you really could not tell it was canned chicken. I was pushed for time, and a friend suggested the canned kind of chicken breast. If you ever get in a bind, try that and let me know what you think. I don't know how it would be in regular chicken salad, but it honestly worked well in the other. I used a recipe from a Jr. League cookbook called, "Come On In!"

XO,

Sheila :-)

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

The ability to make do...and make happy. One of my favorite traits in a person!

Thank you so much for your warmth and thoughts and prayers. They were so strongly felt.

Vicki ~ FL said...

What a nice get together and that chicken salad sounds wonderful.

{ L } said...

Oh fun! I wish I could join you. :) The menu sounds perfect for summertime and ladies.

Also, it showed I wasn't a follower anymore?? I fixed it so I should see your posts again. I don't understand how that happened...you're the second person I've noticed that with lately...hmmm :(