By far, chicken is my most favorite non-vegetarian food. It can be used in countless recipes and it adapts well in fusion cooking. My family and I agree that baked, broiled, fried or stewed chicken makes a delicious and flavorful menu item. In addition, chicken can be prepared in advance and used in various dishes from appetizers to entrees.
If you planning on using chicken for several leftover dishes, it will be necessary to know if you need a whole chicken or if parts will better serve your purpose. The cooking method as well as seasoning is also important. Depending on what additional recipes the chicken will be used in, you’ll want to season it as much or as little as the recipe calls for.
Generally for salads, sandwiches or wraps, I like to bake chicken breasts lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. Place sliced onions and whole garlic cloves on them to infuse them with flavor, and bake until done. You can serve this dish with sauteed cabbage or rice pilaf.
You can also use leftover cut-up pieces of chicken breast in Caesar salad. Add your favorite canned soup and a slice of crusty bread and you’ve got a quick and easy meal. Leftover slices can be used in wraps along with mixed salad greens and your favorite dressing, for a healthier option. Add thinly sliced red onions and tomatoes to make a complete on-the-go meal.
Chicken can be adapted to almost any menu. Here’s one of my favorites that you can experiment with to make your own version.
- 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
- 1 cup of shredded leftover baked chicken
- ½ medium onion
- ½ medium red pepper
- ¼ cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
- Shredded cheddar cheese (or a cheese of your choice)
- 2 tbsps. milk
- 1 tbsp. oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Sprinkle onion and red pepper with salt and pepper and saute in one tablespoon of oil until lightly browned.
- In a bowl, mix together shredded chicken and barbecue sauce.
- Open can of rolls. Separate each triangle.
- Place a tablespoon of chicken on short end of dough.
- Add a tablespoon of onion and red pepper mixture.
- Sprinkle with a small amount of cheese.
- Roll up loosely per package directions.
- Brush lightly with milk and sprinkle lightly with cheese.
- Place each chicken roll on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and serve.
Adapted from Pillsbury.com
These delectable chicken rolls can be served as an appetizer or an entrée. They’re the perfect finger food for your next potluck or dinner party.
Ann Martin is a contributing writer for Dinnerware Center, which specializes in dinnerware, the Noritake Collection and flatware sets such as Oneida Juilliard. She also contributes regularly to food and travel sites. Ann is looking forward to the upcoming holidays so she can prepare scrumptious dishes for her loved ones.
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