Nov 22 2010

Making Use of Leftovers

Published by at 6:00 am under Dinner,Lunch

We’ve been cutting up chickens on a daily basis at Tante Marie’s over the past couple of weeks, so dinner this week was more practice: Roasted Chicken and an Arugula and Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate Seeds.

The recipe for that is still in the works, but even more interesting was what I decided to do with all the chicken my assistant and I didn’t eat. Shredding the meat off the bone to make chicken salad was an obvious choice, but I wanted to give this dish a seasonal, holiday twist (I’m in pumpkin, gingerbread and hot chocolate mode already, clearly).

Using my leftover pomegranate seeds and arugula gave the salad a beautiful color scheme, and I added some chopped walnuts for crunch. Spiced with a hint of cinnamon and maple syrup, the sweet and tangy flavors balance each other out very well.

And those of you cooking the bigger bird this Thanksgiving, take note: This salad would be an elegant way to make use of those leftovers, too. Though my mother’s turkey and cheddar melt — a foolproof hangover cure, according to my sister — is hard to top.

Roasted Chicken Salad with Arugula, Pomegranate Seeds and Walnuts

Ingredients (Makes about 5 cups):

2 pounds roasted chicken, on the bone (I used thighs, breasts and drumsticks)

2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. white wine vinegar

2 tbsp. mayonnaise

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1/4 tsp. maple syrup

Pinch of cinnamon

2/3 cup pomegranate seeds

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2/3 cup packed arugula

Salt and pepper

Shred the chicken off the bone into bite-sized pieces in a large bowl. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, maple syrup and cinnamon.

Add the vinegar mixture to the shredded chicken and stir well so that the chicken pieces are completely and evenly coated. Stir in the pomegranate seeds, walnuts, and arugula. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. Sharonon 24 Nov 2010 at 7:31 am

    My lucky assistant…….