Curry Chicken Salad - King's Hawaiian #StarringRoll House Party

First, a quick thanks to King's Hawaiian for the box of goodies they sent for the #StarringRoll House Party I'm hosting on Sunday, 22nd February. In my party pack were several free product coupons I was able to use to help facilitate today's recipe and some great swag I was able to send home with my guests.

It's not every day I get a chance to eat a meal cooked by someone else. I do the bulk of the cooking because years ago I banned my husband from the kitchen.

Best... decision... ever...  Seriously!

Are you wondering what his offense was? It's simple, he never leaves the kitchen in the same sparkling condition he found it. (I also sincerely hope he's not drinking anything while reading this post, because he and I both know that sparkling is one thing my kitchen isn't.) That photo of my kitchen in the About section, it's a complete lie. I took that several days after we closed on our house, which was a three full weeks before we moved in. The kitchen hasn't looked that organized in almost six years. Yikes!

Anyway, due to this ban and the fact that we rarely eat out, it's pretty seldom that I get to enjoy someone else cooking for me. I always love trying other people's dishes, especially when the cooking style is so different from mine.

One of the best dishes I tried last year was the curried chicken salad someone made for my sister-in-law's bridal shower. It was absolutely fantastic. I make a pretty mean Blueberry Chicken Salad, but this was absolutely mind blowing. It took every ounce of restraint not to whip out my journal and start taking notes so I could recreate it once I got home. My family may be accustomed to that type of behavior, but my SIL's family, not so much. After the shower I immediately began developing my own version, which has proven to be a real crowd pleaser. I'll be serving it, as well as my Dr Pepper Pulled Pork, during our #StarringRoll House Party.

Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad
makes 3 - 4 large sandwiches or 12 mini sandwiches

Ingredients

16 ounces chicken breasts, diced
¼ cup chicken broth or stock
¾ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Maharajah Curry Powder (see notes)
¼ cup celery, diced
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
2 tablespoons shallot, diced
sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
arugula or other bitter greens, for dressing
12 Savory Butter Rolls from King's Hawaiian

optional

¼ cup granny smith apples, diced (see notes)

Directions

  • Lightly season the chicken breasts with sea salt and pepper, then place in a skillet with chicken broth or stock. Bring the stock to a simmer, cover the skillet and cook for 10 - 15 minutes on medium-low or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160°F. Once cooked dice the chicken and set aside to cool. 
  • In a bowl combine mayonnaise, curry powder, celery, raisins, walnuts, shallot, and granny smith apples (optional). Give everything a good stir so the ingredients are evenly distributed before adding the diced chicken. Refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.
  • Serve on a King's Hawaiian Original Sweet Dinner Rolls topped with bitter greens such as arugula or radicchio. Enjoy!

Notes

Maharajah Curry Powder is a salt-free blend from Penzeys. It provides a depth of flavor I haven’t found in other curry powders, but it is expensive. Feel free to substitute your favorite curry powder in this recipe.

This chicken salad is very sweet. If you would like to tone down the sweetness try adding granny smith apples. 

This dish is best when prepared in advance and allowed to sit overnight. It can be stored in a sealed container for 3-4 days.

Disclosure

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that House Party and King's Hawaiian have provided me with free or discounted products that I've used to create this recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.

 

Antipasto

Since our family lives so far away I don't get the opportunity to entertain much during the holidays, but when I do you can almost guarantee that the meal is not going to be on time. For some inexplicable reason I can't seem to get my timing down and my guests are often left waiting. Personally I chalk it up to the fact that up until recently I'd never cooked for a large group of people. I always went to my grandparents house for the holidays, but now winter often prevents us from traveling home and we have friends over instead. They all know that I have a pretty well established pattern of not getting our meal on the table in a timely manner (we won't mention the time Christmas dinner was over two hours late.)

These days I make sure to have an assortment of yummy nibbles for everyone to enjoy while I try and pull our meal together on time. I like to set out antipasto since it requires a minimal amount of work and doesn't take my focus off the main meal. I make sure to include a few old favorites and a few new items so even the less adventurous eaters among my guests can find something to keep them satisfied. The possibilities are endless and I always love it when someone tells me they've discovered something new and exciting. If you plan on doing any entertaining this holiday season or need something easy to bring along to a party, consider making an antipasto platter, your guests won't be disappointed.

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Antipasto
serves 6 - 8

Ingredients

4 ounces Capocollo
4 ounces genoa salami
Assortment of Mezzetta® olives, drained
Assortment of soft cheeses, any variety
Fresh baguette, sliced

Directions

  • Arrange salami, olives, and cheeses on a platter and serve with sliced baguette.

Notes

The antipasto platter can be made in advance, then covered and refrigerated until you're ready to serve. If you're using soft cheese be sure to let them come to room temperature before serving so they are easy to spread.

For this platter I used Castelvetrano (not pictured,) Spanish Queen, and Garlic Stuffed olives. The cheeses were Rougette Bavarian Red, Port du Salut, and Roquefort. Feel free to try these if you can find them or substitute your favorites.

Disclosure

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that House Party and Mezzetta have provided me with free or discounted products that I've used to create this recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus #MezzettaMixer House Party

In honor of my son's third birthday I thought I'd share a recipe for one of his (and my) all time favorite snack foods. We go through an obscene amount of hummus in this household. Our flavor choices tend to run a pretty wide gamut, but we always seem to come back to roasted red pepper. When I decide to make up a batch it's generally gone in under ten minutes.

We can be such gluttons sometimes (please don't judge me!)

I've been slowly tweaking the recipe and my latest addition, a combination of smoked paprika and cayenne pepper, really makes the flavor stand out far above anything you'll find at the supermarket. It's absolutely addictive and comes together quickly (which is doubly dangerous if you're a glutton like me, I just thought I should warn you.) It's great for last minute company, or can be made a few days in advance for the times you have a mass of hungry people descending on your home. I'll be whipping up a double batch to feed the hungry hoard we have visiting for the party and I bet it's gone not long after it hits the table. This is one dish that never has leftovers.

I would like to thank Mezzetta and House Party for the awesome box of goodies they sent me for the Mix it Up with Mezzetta House Party on Saturday, 27th September. I was able to experiment with ingredients I haven't worked with before and my guests got to go home with some pretty nifty swag. Keep your eyes peeled for my Antipasto recipe, also using Mezzetta ingredients, I'll be posting it soon.

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
makes 4 servings

Ingredients

15 ounces canned garbanzo beans, no salt added
1 cup Mezzetta roasted red peppers or roast your own pepper (see notes)
3 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
2 tablespoons tahini
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon cumin, ground
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, ground

optional

1 teaspoon parsley, dried
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  • Drain and rinse garbanzo beans, be sure to remove any skins that remain attached.
  • In a food processor or blender combine the garbanzo beans, red peppers, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, sea salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika. Pulse or blend until smooth.
  • Optional: top with additional red peppers, dried parsley, and olive oil. If using olive oil you'll want to add it just before serving since olive oil turns cloudy and hardens when refrigerated.
  • Serve with pita chips, flat bread, or an assortment of fresh veggies.

Notes

If you don't want to used jarred roasted red peppers you can roast your own. Substitute 1 whole red bell pepper (peeled and chopped) for the cup of Mezzetta roasted red peppers.

Disclosure

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that House Party and Mezzetta have provided me with free or discounted products that I've used to create this recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.