I don't roast chicken that often. I cook and bake mostly on my mood and what my taste buds dictate me... if not on just pure impulses. Oh, and don't get me started with movies talking, making or eating food. The most influential of them all for me.
The artistry, the clever lines, they all transport me to wherever they are and make me taste everything in my mouth, just by watching them... yeah talk about torture. I have such vivid imagination that my stomach actually starts growling right at the moment of delicious scenes.....
So, where were we.... ah yes, chicken! Not just any chicken, rrrrrrrrrrrrroasted chicken!
Whether you roasted it yourself or you bought it from the nearby Roastery (which my word I do from time to time), what matters is you either eat it all or you make sure you don't waste left overs.
Roasted chicken are yummy right after it's oven time. Warm and aromatic, you serve it with chips or with salad or almost with anything you can rummage from your fridge. It's a great dish that makes you feel all fuzzy and warm inside.
The next day? Cold and spark less Not so much appeal as the day before. But don't let it go to waste, don't let it toughen in the fridge either... do sumthin' about it!
The meat is full of flavour, all you have to do is be creative.
At the moment I use left-over roasted chicken to make chunky chicken sandwich and sopas. There are other dishes out there I'm sure but these two are perfect for me.
I would like to assume (if you know me well... I love to assume... regardless if it makes an - ass out of 'u' and 'me' ) that it started chunky before but because of food scarcity at some point, parents and elderly have to chopped chicken into pieces, or pull every piece apart or prolly even mash them to pulp, add the usual suspects of mayonnaise, salt and pepper and spread it, yes, spread it (talk about practicality) on bread and have everyone get to taste chicken, or mainly mashed spread.
My version of chicken sandwich as you may find out is less brutal on the meat. I leave it chunky and leave the integrity of the meat intact. Just how X-men says "mutant and proud", this one is chicken and proud!
Again, back to chicken sandwich... with the chunky bits... I add, quartered cherry tomatoes, mayonnaise with spring onion or chives (if you have), a good sprinkling of sea salt and freshly ground pepper... topped with lettuce, sandwiched in good toasted bread and I couldn't be bothered to even glance at anyone, even if it's Ryan Reynolds walking past...
It's important that I use cherry tomatoes, not the usual boring tomato, I tried it,,, it's edible but not wow. Cherry tomatoes are sweet bombs ready to explode. It's bursting flavours against the rich roasted chicken and a good amount of sea salt and pepper is one magical combination... you can practically dream the birds in Sleeping Beauty singing some more.
I'll post Sopas and Chunkylicous Chicken Sandwich soon for all of you... watch this space!
*Other suggestions, Quesadillas, Taco, Wrap and Chicken Macaroni Salad
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