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Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwiches

My holiday indulgence and over-eating definitely extends to the week between Christmas and New Years.  Hence, the turkey sandwich on giant french bread with bacon, cheese and chipotle mayo I made for dinner tonight. Oh, and avocado.  There may also have been some fries on the side. A holiday glutton’s dream.  And an easy and delcious way to use leftover turkey that your in-laws send home with you 😉

These sandwiches were totally worth the pain I caused a stranger at the grocery store, when I grabbed the last loaf of french bread right before he went in for it.  He told me he was going for it too….I laughed awkwardly and slowly backed away with the bread in my basket…I know it’s Christmas and all and I could have let him have it…..but I had chipotle turkey bacon sandwiches to make!!  And, I’m cautiously optimistic that if the stranger had a chance to try these sandwiches, he would agree that the precious boxing day french bread went to a good home.

Sidenote:  I was half expecting the bread guy to chase me down the street and try to steal it from me, much like the infamous marble rye Seinfeld episode.  But I managed to make it home unscathed after all.

Here is how I put it to use:

Turkey Bacon Club ingredients

Lightly toast the bread and pile on the toppings.

Add some fries for a well rounded holiday meal.

Toasted Turkey Bacon Sandwiches

Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwiches Recipe

Leftover Turkey
Old Cheddar Cheese
Chipotle Mayo (Equal parts puréed chipotle peppers in adobo and mayonnaise, mixed)
Crusty, fresh bread

1.  Lightly toast the bread and cover one side of each piece with chipotle mayo.  Pile on the rest of the toppings and eat.


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Avocado and Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Once you’ve had avocado on your chicken salad, you’ll never go back. Every time you’re forced to endure an avocado-less chicken salad sandwich, you’ll spend the whole time thinking “Where is the closest grocery store?  This thing really needs some avocado!”

Often I find it’s easy for chicken salad to be  drowning in heavy mayonnaise dressing, but this dressing is light and the avocado brings an amazing creamy texture.  Also, the addition of chickpeas and diced tomato to the mixture help make it light, fresh and healthy. And you can absolutely use light mayonnaise and sour cream in the dressing to make it that much healthier.

The end product is a bit messy, but totally worth it.  Make this for a hearty lunch or a light summer dinner.  (If you opt for the dinner option, add wine :).  Or even at lunch, I won’t judge you.)

Start by mixing up the dressing, then put it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Chicken Salad Dressing

Throw everything you want to appear in the chicken salad into one bowl.  The possibilities are endless!  Usually I add celery because I like it’s crunchiness, but I didn’t have any this time around so I used snow peas instead.  It was delicious, and got me thinking that you really could add any vegetable you want to this mix.  I also used grated carrot, diced red pepper, and chickpeas.   Such a tasty way to get your veggies!

I also added chives from my “garden” (aka, a few planters on my 4′ X 4′ balcony), but again add whatever fresh herbs you have on hand.  It’ll add another dimension of freshness!  So much freshness going on in this sandwich!

Chicken Salad Mixture

Mix in the dressing and load it up on your favourite bread.  Bring a fork along to finish this sandwich….it can get messy!  Or you could stuff it into half a pita and reduce the mess, but I rarely pass up the opportunity to consume fresh baked bread.

I added a few slices of cheddar to this too, because I also rarely pass up the opportunity to consume cheese.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Attempt to fold it up into sandwich form, and dive in!

Chicken Salad on Artisan Bread

Avocado and Chicken Salad Sandwiches Recipe

2 large chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into bite size pieces
1 red pepper, diced
1 large carrot, grated
2 -3 stalks celery, diced
1 cup chickpeas
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
2 tbsp fresh herbs, chopped
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp sour cream
1 -2 tbsp lemon juice (to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

  1.  In a large bowl, combine chicken, vegetables, chickpeas and fresh herbs.
  2. In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and salt and pepper.  Stir together until completely mixed.
  3. Add mayonnaise mixture to chicken mixture, and stir until completely coated.
  4. Serve on fresh bread, or stuffed into a pita.

From:  G.I. Diet Cookbook

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