Friday, April 25, 2014

Chicken Salad Sandwich on a Sesame Seed Bun -- Wheat, Grain and Gluten Free

It was a gorgeous day here today -- absolutely beautiful, and we are expecting a beautiful weekend, too. We are supposed to have our new grill delivered tomorrow (for the 2nd time) hubby decided to cut the grass this evening for the first time to get the yard ready for grilling season! We may even get adventurous and try to pressure wash the patio, table and chairs tomorrow before it comes, too (we are such conscientious new grill parents, aren't we?). LOL This week just seemed extra long and I really didn't feel like doing too much for dinner. Last night hubby picked up a rotisserie chicken on his way home and I just steamed some fresh broccoli and we simply had chicken and broccoli for dinner. Neither of us were very hungry. So tonight, since I had plenty of leftover chicken and wasn't in the mood to spend too much time in the kitchen, I decided to make chicken salad sandwiches for dinner. I really love chicken salad. I had some leftover Sesame Seed Sandwich Buns and wanted to enjoy the convenience of making a quick sandwich for dinner.

When I make chicken salad, I like it super crunchy with different textures of various add-ins and very little mayo. I've never been a big mayonnaise person. I add just barely enough to moisten the chicken but not make it "gooshy and mayonaisey." I'm weird about that kind of stuff -- I like very little dressing on a salad too and I'm not particularly fond of gravy. On the other hand, hubby tends to like more mayo, some diced pickles and nothing else in his chicken salad. He won't eat it if I put in any crunchy veggies. So, I simply mix some diced chicken with finely diced pickles and mayo and offload his to a separate bowl. Then...I jazz mine up. To my reserved bowl of chicken, pickles and mayo, I add diced red bell pepper, diced celery and sliced green onion. Then, I added toasted slivered almonds both in my chicken salad as well as on my chicken salad (it's awesome). Then, I added a little dash of sea salt and PILED it onto my Sesame Seed Bum. It was the most awesome sandwich. I had planned to eat 1/2 of an avocado with it but was actually too full so I couldn't. Once you see my ginormous sandwich you'll know why there was no room for anything else. I absolutely love these sandwich buns. They are really, REALLY good and they are the closest to "regular bread" as I have had in almost 2 years. Check out my "super-sized" sandwich below. Enjoy!

***P.S. -- The April 2014 digital issue of Wheat-Free Living Magazine is out! Check out my recipe for Chipotle Cheddar Crackers on pages 26 & 27! This issue is chocked full of great articles, tips, recipes and other helpful information for those of us either new to or already enjoying wheat-free living. Here is the link:  Wheat Free Living Magazine-April 2014



WoolyNC said...

Well this is the third time I have tried to comment on the Sesame Buns.
You are an evil evil woman for getting me started on these. I limit myself to one a day. Luckily my muffin top pan is smaller than yours and made 11 slightly larger than slider buns. Yummo.

Anonymous said...

I am going to try making your bun recipe this weekend. My shipment of honeyville almond flour arrived this evening! Does the bun crumble when you bite into it? Neha

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Neha! I hope you enjoy them. I have made them twice and mine did not crumble at all. Just make sure you use a sharp serrated knife when you cut them. They held together for a deli sandwich, a burger, a burger and egg together, a split chicken-apple sausage and then tonight with a MOUND of chicken salad. Mine did not break or crumble. I hope yours turn out great for you! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi WoolyNC...LOL, I'm glad you are enjoying them. Doesn't it feel like you are eating "regular/normal" bread? It does to me. I've never seen the smaller muffin top pan -- that's great that you can get 11 smaller buns. I think it's just nice to have more choices. These would be easy to slip into a little ziploc type bag and take with you when you go out to eat. I wouldn't hesitate putting a burger or other kind of sandwich fixings on it when going out. Glad you are enjoying them. I will try and be less evil next time...LOL ;-)

Unknown said...

What do you think of adding 1 tbls. Of nutritional yeast get that yeasty flavor?

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Anita,

I've never used it so I don't know how it would impact flavor. The reason I added sweetener was to give it that ever so subtle hint of sweetness like in regular bread, but not make it "sweet". I don't think there would be any harm in trying it. Let me know how it turns out! Hope you enjoy them. :-)