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...
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....
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