Basic Chicken Salad

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: February 1, 2018
Yield: 18 miniature servings
Time needed: a few minutes, but make well ahead to allow time to chill

The book gives a recipe for cream puff miniatures and this recipe will fill 18 of them. But I decided not to attempt the cream puffs and served the salad on bagels instead. This recipe would make enough for 8 generously filled bagels. And it is a very good chicken salad.

Basic Chicken Salad on a bagel

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Saag Murg (Chicken in Spinach Purée)

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Date tried: January 29, 2018
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed: 40 minutes

I never cease to enjoy the delights of Indian cookery. Prior to beginning this dish I took time to prepare the brown onion paste and the spinach purée from scratch. I steamed the spinach for the purée to avoid too much water and that worked very well. The onion paste is simply browned onion slices puréed with a very little water.

I also reversed the order of the instructions and browned the chicken pieces first thing, so they would be ready to add to the spinach with no delay. And I really appreciated the result. Excellent!

Saag Murg (Chicken in Spinach Purée)

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Greek Egg-Lemon Soup

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date November 24, 2017
Yield:4 servings
Time needed: 90 minutes

This is a lovely soup for a first course, light and delicate with subtle flavours. Time can be saved by using ready-made broth and pre-cooked chicken, but I expect at some cost to the quality.

Greek Egg-Lemon Soup

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Cold Chicken à la Hay

Source: Food Combining for Health
Date tried:November 5, 2017
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed: 3-4 hours cooking time depending on size of chicken + cooling time. Best to cook a day ahead of serving. I allowed 1/2 hour per pound and that worked well.

I was not at all impressed with this dish. The chicken itself was very tender, and if the point was to make it especially for sandwiches or salads, it would do fine. But serving it with a very plain, unseasoned cream sauce made for a virtually tasteless meal. Perhaps good for a person needing a very bland diet for some reason.

The name “Hay” refers to Dr. William Howard Hayes, a Pennsylvania doctor of the late 19th and early 20th century who developed and promoted a diet that came to be known as the Hay System and had many devotees among the foodies of the day.

Cold Chicken à la Hay

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Chicken with Lemon

Source: Food Combining for Health
Made September 18, 2013
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time to prepare: 1 hour

This is a wonderful way to cook chicken.  Although it is done in the oven, the wrappings mean it is steamed rather that roasted.  I used my covered clay cooker rather than wrappings, but that worked well too.  I brought in freshly-picked greens (arugula and basil, as well as the parsley stuffed into the chicken) from the garden to serve with it.

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