Thursday, June 9, 2011

Five... Five Dollar... Five Dollar Foot Looooooooooong

Your welcome, you will now be singing the Subway Five Dollar Foot Long commercial the rest of the day. :)

My Business Man and I have a strange obsession with Subway's Orchard Harvest Chicken Salad. It is just so good. It's light and crisp, and just so fresh-tasting! It was the one thing I craved when I finished my marathon. So yes, I had Subway for lunch after running a marathon. Not quite what you would expect, eh? (Usually I go all out and splurge on my eats after a big race.)

Anyways, I was determined to make my own version of the Subway sandwich. Because, in all honesty, $5 for a sub is still quite a bit of money, when you could have enough chicken salad for eight subs for just a few dollars more. I've made this several times already... it's that good! We even made it for our assigned 'lunch' meal at our beach weekend with friends. It was very well-received.

It's made up of chicken (duh!), crisp Pink Lady apples, golden raisins, dried cranberries, chopped celery, and of course some light mayo to bind it together. Flavored with salt, pepper, and a little cayenne pepper. Pretty simple.

I think one of the keys to this chicken salad being so tasty is the rotisserie chicken. I know that it is more cost-effective to purchase raw chicken and boil it for the meat, but rotisserie chicken just adds that extra oomph of flavor. 

My favorite way to serve this chicken salad is on King's Hawaiian rolls. They are so soft and squishy and sweet and delicious. Or you could go the more health-conscious route and use some good ole' whole grain bread. That would be just as tasty.

Orchard Harvest Chicken Salad

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 Pink Lady apples, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ½-¾ cup light mayonnaise
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • cayenne pepper, to taste


Carve rotisserie chicken, and discard all skin and bones. Dice chicken into small chunks. Combine chicken with celery, apples, golden raisins, and dried cranberries in a large bowl. Add mayonnaise, as much to your liking. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to your liking.

You can eat it right away, but it gets much tastier as it sits in the fridge for several hours. (The flavors get a chance to blend together.) Serve on Hawaiian rolls.


jana said...

Cool! I've been wanting to try that, but making it fresh sounds even better! Thanks!

SbMac said...

This looks good! I might have to try this asap as well. I am always looking for an easy sandwich that isn't cold cuts!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

I like this! I'm in such a routine with sandwiches, this is something new for me. That Subway commercial song is so dang catchy. When it's stuck in my head I CANT get it out!

Alissa said...

i.can' I know that there is a commercial with these words in it for subway, but I can't remember the tune. BAH! Further proof I am becoming less American! bah! It looks delicious, I think I am going to cook/bake through your whole blog once we get back :)

jennifer said...

Do you think halved grapes would work in lieu of the dried fruit?

Sara said...

Jen- Probably. It would just bring a different texture. Juicy instead of chewy. I might try that next time! I've also toyed with the idea of adding pecans or walnuts.

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