This chicken salad sandwich is perfect for a packed lunch or an evening snack. It is quick and easy to make and bursting with flavour.

 

A chicken salad sandwich

When you take a packed lunch to work every day it is easy to get stuck in a rut making the same things. If you are a busy mum mornings can be a nightmare. There is the rush to get everyone up and eating breakfast. Next is the challenge of making sure they have everything they need for school. There is always the last minute request for PE kit or desperate search for a lost item. Making sandwiches for lunches as well can seem like a daunting task. By the time you have everyone ready it feels like you have run a race.

These chicken salad sandwiches are easy and quick to make. You can prepare the chicken mixture the night before. The next day all you need to do is to butter the bread and put the chicken mix into the sandwich. The sandwich is full of flavour and taste. Anyone would be happy to find one of these chicken sandwiches in their lunch box. If you have more time to make lunch then why not make a toasted cheese sandwich which is worth the effort. For something a little more special then a Cuban Midnight Sandwich is a real treat.

The Ultimate Chicken Salad Sandwich

The key to making the ultimate chicken salad sandwich is to cut the salad and chicken into small pieces. This allows you to mix it up with a little mayonnaise and give the sandwich more flavour. This sandwich contains a mixture of little gem lettuce, celery and cherry tomatoes mixed with spicy Taste Inc. 100% chargrilled chicken fillets. Cut everything into small pieces and put in a bowl. Stir though a spoonful of mayonnaise and some black pepper. Finally, add the mixture between two slices of bread. The ultimate chicken sandwich is born.

The ultimate chicken sandwich

The great thing about the ultimate chicken salad sandwich is that you can alter the ingredients to suit the taste of the members of your family. Add in red or green peppers, grated carrot or spring onions instead to make a different taste and flavour. Using the Taste Inc. chicken fillets is a great time saver as you do not need to cook them. This allows you to make a tasty sandwich in minutes.

Taste Inc 100% Chargrilled Chicken Fillets

Taste Inc have a new tasty snack idea that is also a time saver for busy mums. These chargrilled chicken fillet snacks are perfect for making these chicken sandwiches. As they are individually wrapped they are great to add to the lunch box for a snack.The chicken has been charcoal grilled over sustainably sourced charcoal for flavour. All you need to do is to unwrap and eat. As the chicken is high in protein and low in saturated fat it helps to keep hunger at bay. Even better each chicken fillet is only 45 calories. There are two flavours, Original and Spicy. They both taste great and the chargrilling method adds flavour.

Taste Inc 100% charcoal grilled chicken fillets

You can find Taste Inc. 100% Chargrilled Chicken Fillet in Morrisons, Ocado and Nisa. Multipacks (RRP £3) and single packs (RRP 90p) are available. For more information visit www.tasteinc.com

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich Recipe

The Ultimate Chicken Salad Sandwich

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

A quick and tasty chicken salad sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 1 Taste Inc. 100% chargrilled chicken fillet
  • 2 leaves little gem lettuce
  • ½ stick celery
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 slices of bread

Directions

  1. Butter the bread and set aside
  2. Chop all the salad ingredients and the chicken into small pieces into a bowl
  3. Add the mayonnaise and black pepper and stir though
  4. Place the chicken mixture between the slices of bread

Why not pin the recipe for later?

The ultimate chicken salad sandwich. Perfect for a tasty packed lunch or  a picnic

What are your favourite sandwich recipes for a packed lunch? Let me know below.

 

I was sent some chicken fillets from Taste Inc to try at home. I have not been paid for this post and was not required to give the Taste Inc chicken a positive write-up.  All opinions are my own.  

Follow:

Ever wondered what to add to your bagel to make a tasty snack? Here are three delicious ways to top a bagel.

Did you know the 9th February is National Bagel Day? Neither did I until the New York Bakery Co. got in touch to tell me.  In Britain we munch our way though over 80 million packs of bagels a year. These fun alternatives to traditional bread allow you to get as creative as you chose. Top them, layer them, toast them, they make a great snack for any time of day. Everyone has a favourite bagel topping. I am still trying to find mine so took the chance to experiment and try out three delicious ways to top a bagel.

Bacon egg lettuce and tomato bagel

What is a bagel?

A bagel is a round roll with a hole in the middle. It is a chewy roll with a hard crust that is made by boiling in water for a few minutes to lock in the flavour before baking. The use of different flours like rye or wheat gives the bagel different tastes. Addition of fruits can create a dessert type bagel or for a more savoury roll you can use onions or other vegetables. The resulting bagels are ideal for a snack. Toast them and add butter or top them with cream cheese and other toppings. They are easy to carry around in a lunch box and make a delicious change.

Three delicious ways to top a bagel

To celebrate National Bagel Day the New York Bakery Co. sent me a selection of their bagels and some of their ideas for inspired bagel toppings. The New York Bakery Co. offer a wide selection of bagels so you will find something to suit your needs. Choose from plain, cinnamon & raisin, sesame, red onion & chive, wholemeal, blueberry, cheese and many more. The company was founded by a baker from North America who started the New York Bakery Co. in the 1990’s in Rotherham with the aim of sharing the taste of a true New York bagel with the UK. Two of these bagel toppings are from the New York Bakery Co. and the Bacon, Egg, Lettuce and tomato  is my own inspired topping.

New York Bakery Co. Bagels

Bacon Egg Lettuce and Tomato Bagel Topping

Who doesn’t love a classic BLT? Crispy bacon, crunchy lettuce and sweet tomatoes in a sandwich with mayonnaise adding extra depth makes an amazing lunch. I took the classic and topped the bacon with a fried egg cooked so the yolk was still runny and would leak out when you take a bite. With extra black pepper whisked into the mayonnaise the result was a bagel fit for a king.

Bacon egg lettuce and tomato bagel

Bacon Egg Lettuce and tomato bagel
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 New York Bakery Co. Cheese Bagel
  2. 3 slices bacon
  3. 4 cherry tomatoes
  4. 3 leaves little gem lettuce
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  7. Black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a pan fry the bacon until crispy.
  2. Toast the bagel on both sides until lightly brown
  3. Mix the mayonnaise with black pepper and spread on the bagel slices
  4. Shred the lettuce and chop the tomatoes and add to the bagel
  5. Top with the bacon slices
  6. Fry the egg and add into the sandwich.
Dragons and Fairy Dust http://www.dragonsandfairydust.co.uk/
Bacon egg lettuce and tomato bagel

Smoked Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Smashed Avocado Cheese Bagel

Who doesn’t love smoked chicken? The addition of sundried tomato and smashed avocado add a new dimension making a tasty and healthy lunch.

Smoked Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Smashed Avocado Cheese Bage

Image Credit: New York Bakery Co.

Smoked Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Smashed Avocado Cheese Bagel
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 2 New York Bakery Co
  2. .
  3. Cheese Bagels
  4. 1 smoked chicken breast, skin removed
  5. 1 ripe
  6. avocado
  7. ½
  8. lime
  9. Pinch of salt and pepper
  10. 2 heaped tsp tomato paste
  11. 2 handfuls of spinach
Instructions
  1. Halves the bagels and lightly toast.
  2. Scoop the flesh from the avocado and lightly mash with a fork. Squeeze in the juice
  3. from ½ a lime and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Slice the chicken breast into ½ cm slices.
  5. Spread the bagel with the sundried tomato paste; top with the smashed avocado
  6. and sliced chicken.
  7. Finish with a layer of spinach, place the top of the bagel on top and gently squash
  8. down.
Dragons and Fairy Dust http://www.dragonsandfairydust.co.uk/

Parma Ham, Egg and Sriracha Cheese Bagel

Looking for a perfect breakfast or brunch idea? This parma ham, egg and Sriracha cheese bagel is perfect. It takes a little while to make but the effort is worth it. One of these bagels will keep you going all day.

Parma Ham, Egg and Sriracha Cheese Bage

Image Credit: New York Bakery Co.

 

Parma Ham, Egg and Sriracha Cheese Bage
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 New York Bakery Co Cheese Bagel
  2. 4 slices Parma ham
  3. 2 small eggs
  4. Sriracha hot sauce
  5. Butter
  6. A couple of sprigs of coriander
  7. 1 avocado
  8. ½ lime
  9. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Slice the bagel in two and generously butter each half.
  2. Add the bagels to a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat (buttered side down) and toast for 4
  3. to 5 mins or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Scoop the flesh from the avocado and mash a little with a fork. Season with lime juice and salt and pepper.
  5. Cut the bagel slices in half down the middle and place on a flat tray lined with foil.
  6. Place the bagel halves side by side slightly separated and carefully line the holes with a slice of Parma ham.
  7. Crack an egg into each Parma ham lined hole and bake in the oven until the white is set but the yolk is still runny. This should take around 8 - 10 mins.
  8. Serve each bagel half with a little smashed avocado and drizzle with Sriracha hot sauce.
  9. Garnish with a sprig of coriander.
Dragons and Fairy Dust http://www.dragonsandfairydust.co.uk/

Why not pin the recipes for later?

 

Three delicious ways to top a bagel

 

I was sent some bagels to try out the recipes, the opinions are my own.

Follow:

These two flavoured popcorn recipes will help you snack more healthily. Infused with flavour these treats will fill you up and stop you reaching for a chocolate bar.

T.S Elliot wrote “April is the cruellest month”, January must be one of the more depressing months of the year. After a December filled with celebration January is full of grey skies with rain and frost being common. Mornings are still dark making it hard to drag yourself out of bed. Evenings get dark quickly and it is easy to feel the sun does not exist. It can seem a long time until the end of the month. Often we have overspent at Christmas and January is a month to be frugal. New Years resolutions often involve losing weight and it can be hard to get the motivation when it is dark and cold.

A treat is often a great way to indulge yourself and cheer yourself up. Popcorn is a great snack. It is fun to make and is great for eating whilst watching a film. Popcorn is low in calories as well. If you choose the topping wisely you can enjoy a tasty snack without feeling guilty. Popcorn is high in fibre and contains antioxidants as well so it is good for you. Here I am sharing two flavoured popcorn recipes that will make you smile this January. One of the recipes is for sweet popcorn and the other is for savoury popcorn.

Flavoured popcorn recipes

How to make popcorn

Popcorn is really easy to make and there are a number of different ways to turn popcorn kernels into a fluffy and delicious snack. The kernels will pop open with the application of heat and there are a number of different ways to do this.

  1. Use a popcorn machine: These will air pop the popcorn for you making a healthy snack. Just add the popcorn, turn on and wait for deliciousness.
  2.  Use the microwave: You will need a paper bag. Add 4 tablespoons of popcorn to the bag and fold the edge over twice to close it. Microwave the bag on high for one to two minutes. Keep an eye on it as microwave times vary. When the popping slows down turn the microwave off so the popcorn doesn’t burn.
  3. Use the stove: Place 2tbsp oil in a pan with a lid.  Put three popcorn kernels in the oil. When they pop add an even layer of popcorn to the bottom of the pan, replace the lid and wait until the popping stops.

Add the popcorn to a bowl and then add your flavourings.

Two Flavoured Popcorn Recipes

Sweet popcorn – coconut and chocolate popcorn

cocnut chocolate popcorn

Everyone loves sweet popcorn and what could be nicer than chocolate and coconut popcorn? Fluffy popcorn with a drizzle of chocolate and a dusting of coconut flakes will bring a touch of luxury to your evening. First make your popcorn and put it onto a baking tray covered in greaseproof paper. Choose the chocolate, dark, milk or white, whichever is your favourite. Place a bowl in a pan of boiling water and melt the chocolate. Carefully drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn. Dust with dessicated coconut and leave until the chocolate hardens. Place into bowls and serve. Quick, simple and delicious.

Coconut and chocolate popcorn
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. Four large handfuls of ready popped plain popcorn
  2. 1 bar chocolate, any flavour you like
  3. 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
Instructions
  1. Place the popcorn on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment
  2. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl of boiling water.
  3. When the chocolate melts sprinkle over the popcorn
  4. Sprinkle on the dessicated coconut
  5. Leave to set and serve in a bowl
Dragons and Fairy Dust http://www.dragonsandfairydust.co.uk/

Savoury popcorn – chilli kale popcorn

chilli kale popcorn

 
Kale is one of the vegetables that is in season in January. It is also a superfood containing plenty of vitamin A,  iron and is high in fibre. What better way to give yourself a boost in the winter than by eating kale? Sprinkle the kale with oil, salt and chilli and cook in the oven until it is dry and crisp. Mash it into a powder with a pestle and mortar and dust the kale flakes over the popcorn to create a savoury popcorn. If you like savoury  popcorn you will love this.

Chilli kale popcorn
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. Four handfuls of ready cooked popcorn
  2. Three handfuls of kale chopped
  3. ½ tsp seasalt
  4. 1 tsp chilli flakes
  5. 2 tsp cooking oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C Gas Mark 5
  2. Place the chopped kale on a baking tray
  3. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle the chilli flakes and salt on top
  4. Cook until crisp, around fifteen minutes
  5. Powder the crispy kale with a food processor or pestle and mortar
  6. Add the popcorn to a bowl and sprinkle over the kale, giving it a good shake to mix it up
Dragons and Fairy Dust http://www.dragonsandfairydust.co.uk/
Why not pin the flavoured popcorn recipes to make later?

Two flavoured popcorn recipes, savoury chilli kale popcorn and sweet coconut and chocolate popcorn. Quick and simple to make

Do you have any favourite popcorn flavourings? Let me know below.

Follow:

Being a foodie I love to watch programs about food and recently I watched the film Chef. If you have not seen it the film is about chef Carl Casper who works in a restaurant in Los Angeles. A famous food blogger is coming to visit and the chef is planning an amazing menu in order to impress him.The owner of the restaurant has other ideas and insists that he sticks to the tried and tested menu.

The blogger writes a bad review which goes viral on social media. Carl ventures onto social media to try and save his reputation. He ends up walking out of his job due to the overbearing restaurant owner. When trying to decide what to do next he accompanies his ex wife and son to Miami and ends up with a food truck. Renovating the food truck and taking it around America with his son he rediscovers his passion for cooking. It also enables him to rekindle the bond with his son. It is an enjoyable film and well worth a watch.

What is a Cuban midnight sandwich?

A large part of the film is made up of the Chef teaching his son to cook the ultimate sandwich to serve on the food truck. This sandwich is a Cuban midnight sandwich or Medianoche. Originating in Cuba it gains it name from being served in Havana’s night clubs around midnight. The sandwich is made with ham, roast port, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard served on Cuban bread. The sandwich is toasted until the outside is crisp and the cheese melts.

Cuban midnight sandwich

 

I decided to try and recreate the Cuban midnight sandwich just to see what it was like. My take on the Cuban midnight sandwich uses panini’s instead of Cuban bread. Cuban bread has a crisp crust and a soft inside and is usually shaped like a baguette. I thought panini’s would make an acceptable substitute.

How to make a Cuban Midnight Sandwich?

To make the sandwich I mixed mayonnaise with Italian dressing and spread it on the inside of the panini. If you are not able to get Italian dressing it is very easy to make your own. It is a simple vinaigrette dressing with lemon juice and herbs. The herbs add a lovely flavor to the mayonnaise. One side of the bread is then spread liberally with mustard. Next layer up  slices of ham, slices of chicken and then slices of Swiss cheese. Finally add a few gherkin slices. Place the top on the sandwich and brush with melted butter.  Finally  toast the sandwich until the cheese melts.

 

Cuban midnight sandwich

The sandwiches do take a little bit of effort to make but it is worth it. The mustard and herbs in the sauce perfectly complement the filling making it a slice of sandwich heaven.

 

Cuban midnight sandwich recipe

Cuban Midnight Sandwich
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 2 Panini’s
  2. 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  3. 3 tsp Italian dressing
  4. Mustard
  5. Sliced ham
  6. Sliced chicken
  7. Swiss Cheese
  8. Gherkin slices
  9. Butter
Instructions
  1. Chop the Panini’s in half.
  2. Mix the Mayonnaise with the Italian dressing and spread on each side of the Panini
  3. Spread a layer of mustard on one half of the Panini
  4. Add slices of ham, slices of chicken, slices of cheese and gherkin slices to the sandwich
  5. Put the top slice of Panini on the sandwich and brush both sides with melted butter
  6. Toast the sandwich until the cheese melts
Dragons and Fairy Dust http://www.dragonsandfairydust.co.uk/

If you are looking for other sandwich ideas why not try cheese savoury sandwich filling? This is a sandwich filling that is local to North East and is really tasty. Alternatively why not try a toasted cheese sandwich with cherry tomato and spring onion?

Why not pin the recipe to make later?

Cuban midnight sandwich

 

What is your favourite sandwich filling? Let me know below.

 

 

 

 

 

Follow:

Toasted cheese sandwiches are the classic comfort food. The crunch of the toast makes a perfect companion to the soft melting cheese within. Toasted cheese sandwiches with spring onion and cherry tomatoes made an ideal lunch recently. It was one of those grey days which promises at sun and never delivers. A day where a toasted cheese sandwich was perfect for holding those hunger pangs at bay.

toasted-cheese-sandwiches

Toasted cheese sandwich with spring onions and cherry tomatoes

To make the perfect toasted cheese sandwich the bread is important. I used a white bloomer which I carefully sliced into pieces that were not too thick. A thin layer of mayonnaise was spread on the sides of the bread that were going to be toasted.  This adds flavour and allows the bread to brown nicely. The sandwich was then stacked up. Thin slices of cheese were placed on the bread, then finely chopped spring onions and cherry tomatoes. Another thin layer of cheese went on top and then final slice of bread.

Normally when I make toasted sandwiches I use my sandwich toaster. I bought the sandwich toaster as a student and it has given me faithful service since then. After thirty years it is still going strong and toasting sandwiches perfectly. Today I decided to try making the toasted cheese sandwiches in a frying pan.  The reason for this was I wanted to try cooking the sandwiches using Lurpak Spreadable Infusions.  I thought this might add more flavour to the sandwich.

Toasted cheese sandwiches with lurpak infusions

 

Lurpak Spreadable Infusions

Lurpak Spreadable Infusions are a blend of Lurpak butter and rapeseed oil.  Lightly whipped to make it easy to spread they also contain herbs and spices for an added depth of flavour. There are three different flavours, Chilli & Lime, Smoked Chipotle and Sea Salt & Pink Peppercorn.  Developed to complement an assortment of breads from around the world they also add a lovely flavour to mashed potato.

Toasted cheese sandwiches with lurpak infusions

I used the Lurpak sea salt and pink peppercorn flavour to make my toasted cheese sandwich. The pink peppercorns add a lovely splash of colour. I melted the Lurpak in the pan with a little oil then added the sandwich to the pan. After cooking for two or three minutes on one side I flipped the sandwich over. The other side was cooked for the same amount of time. The cheese melted nicely and tasted lovely with the sweetness of the tomatoes and the bite of the spring onions. The Lurpak added a nice peppery flavour to the bread which worked well with the cheese.

Toasted cheese sandwich recipe

 

Toasted cheese sandwich with spring onion and tomato

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Toasted cheese sandwich perfect for lunch

Ingredients

2 slices white bloomer bread
Mayonnaise
6 slices of cheese
2 spring onions
3 cherry tomatoes
Lurpak spreadable infusions
cooking oil

Directions

Spread the mayonnaise onto the sides of the bread that will be toasted.
Stack up the sandwich, add three slices of cheese on one slice.
Top with sliced spring onions and cherry tomatoes
Add three more slices of cheese
Add the final slice of bread
Melt the lurpak spreadable infusions and some oil in a pan
Add the sandwich to the pan and cook for three minutes until brown and toasted
Flip the sandwich and cook the other side until brown and the cheese is melting

If you are looking for more ideas for hot sandwiches then why not try sticky sausage sandwiches which also make a great lunch. Another lovely sandwich filling is cheese savoury which is a recipe found in the north east which is really tasty.

 

Why not pin this recipe to make later?

Toasted cheese sandwich with spring onions and tomato

What is your favourite sandwich filling? Let me know below.

 

Follow: