For Part One in this series see this post: Hot Weather Cooking Part 1
One of my favourite ingredients for hot weather meals is cooked chicken. You can grill it or cook it in the crockpot and it's good for 3 days in the fridge. You can add a spice mix or sauce, depending on what recipe your using it in.
I cooked 2 packages of skinless, boneless chicken (about 10 pieces) in my crockpot. I sprinkled it with Mrs. Dash just to give it some flavour but still make it versatile enough for several meals.
I cooked it on low for about 4 hours. Here are some of the summer meals we make with chicken:
1) Any type of green salad topped with chicken, usually caesar. I will serve this with french bread or garlic toast just to help fill up the teenage boys!
2) Chicken wraps or sandwiches. We like our chicken sandwiches on fresh buns and I serve this with fresh veggies and dip.
3) Cold pasta salad with cubed chicken. My favourite is made with macaroni noodles, chunks of cheddar cheese, celery and red pepper or tomatoes. I season it with salt and pepper and toss with a mayonnaise dressing.
Chicken wraps are by far the favourite in our house. If we happen to have leftovers, they still taste fine the next day, as long as they are kept in a ziploc bag in the fridge.
cooked bacon, chopped
red peppers or tomatoes, chopped
lettuce, chopped and tossed in a ranch or caesar dressing
cheddar cheese, grated
garden vegetable cream cheese, the light version
package of large tortillas
Spread a couple tablespoons of cream cheese on the entire tortilla. Down the middle of the tortilla, start assembling your wrap. Remember not to make it too full, because you need to roll it up. Start with lettuce, then the chicken, then bacon, peppers or tomatoes and then the cheddar cheese.
Once your done, tuck in the sides toward the middles, grab the bottom of the tortilla and tuck it tightly over your ingredients and then roll it up. Cut it in half and serve with fresh veggies.
Be creative with your wrap, you could add cucumbers, avocado, chopped celery, grated carrot and different spices. This recipe is a great way to use up the last bit of veggies, dressings, cheese or meats in your fridge.
What is your favourite chicken recipe for summer?