Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Instant Chicken Salad Meal in a Jar 3 Ways!

This one is a great recipe for taking on family picnics, camping trips or traveling.  I've found it to be a healthy sandwich and wrap filling as well as a delicious topper for salad greens!  52-method Meals in a Jar has been probably one of the most amazing and motivating ways to prepare for an emergency using family recipes that anyone can make. So of course, this will also be shelf-stable up to 10 years and still taste delicious! If you are new to this 52-method Meals in a Jar  you'll probably need to read the posts on how to pack the jars with a food saver (if you don't want to use an oxygen absorber) as well as how to make the meals in mylar bags if you decide not to make them in the jars.  Those posts are here: 
For this recipe, I use quart jars. All the ingredients can be found on my freeze-dried food website:

Chef Tess Instant Chicken Salad
quart Jar ingredients:
2 cups Freeze Dried White Chicken Chunks
1/4 cup  Freeze Dried Onion
1/2 cup  Freeze Dried Celery
1/4 cup  Buttermilk or Cream Cheese Powder 
1/2 tsp Chef Tess All Purpose or Italian Seasoning
2 Tbsp Ultra Gel (gluten-free)

Jar directions: Layer ingredients in a clean, very dry mason jar. Top with a 300 cc Oxygen Absorber (this must be used with freeze-dried meat for it to be safe!) or use the  Food Saver Vacuum Packing Meals in a Jar Tutorial. Label jars clearly with preparation instructions.

To Prepare: Remove oxygen absorber and discard. Pour 1 3/4 cup boiling water into the jar with the chicken mixture. Cover and let sit to hydrate 10 minutes. Chill for a cold salad or immediately serve over salad greens or in between two slices of whole grain bread, rolled in a whole grain tortilla or eat with crackers. Yields 2 cup chicken salad.

Nutritional information: 1/2 cup chicken salad 167 calories, 3 g fat, 2 carbs, 25 grams protein.

Now you can make a few variations:

Chicken Pizza Salad Wraps
To the original Jar ingredients add:
Use 1 tsp Chef Tess Italian Seasoning
Add 2 Tbsp Tomato Powder
1/4 cup Dehydrated Shoestring Carrots

Increase water in preparation to 2 cups boiling water. Wrap warm salad, 1/2 cups with 1 cup lettuce and 2 tomato slices in an herb tortilla.

Buffalo Chicken Salad
To the original Jar ingredients add:
2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbsp Vinegar Powder
Prepare as directed.

Put 1/2 cup warm chicken salad on top of a bed of spinach and serve with a drizzle of buffalo sauce and 1-2 Tablespoons blue cheese crumbles if desired.

Cheesy Chicken Salad

To the original Jar ingredients add:
1 baggie with 1/2 cup Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese
Twist the bag closed. Top jar with an oxygen absorber.

Hydrate chicken salad according to the original recipe.  While the chicken salad is hydrating, keep cheese aside. Allow chicken salad to hydrate completely. Stir in cheese. Allow sitting 5 minutes more.  Serve on a crunchy French bread with wedges of tomato if desired.

There you go my darlings! Have fun with chicken salad for all you camping, picnic and food storage adventures! Again, the sales of freeze-dried products from my website is a huge blessing to my family and will be to yours.  I give out the recipes here as a service. If you do share them, please give full credit to this site.  Thank you so much!  Onward an upward!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

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