Chicken Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Thyme

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Chicken Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Thyme

I’ve decided I’m finished with whining about how hot it is outside.  Everyone knows how hot it is outside; everyone is 1: sick of hearing about it. 2: sick of it BEING hot.  So, rather than whine (any more)…here’s a solution to beat the heat.  Chicken Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Thyme.  Using a store-bought, pre-cooked rotisserie chicken!  AND…no mayonnaise!

I’ve posted before about how I used to make the lunches for our guided trips and schools.  Prior to me providing the lunches, the guides were responsible for putting together this meal themselves.

They had guidelines about what to serve, but they would buy the components they served.  It was a while before I got wind of the fact that, despite said guidelines, one of them served saltine crackers, Vienna sausages (straight out of the can) and sardines as lunch – with no utensils.  Needless to say, I was thoroughly appalled.

Yes, I promptly took over the task of food preparation.  Because I didn’t particularly trust the guides and instructors to keep food properly chilled (need I say more – see above), I wanted the chicken salad to be mayonnaise-less; this is one of the recipes I came up with for the lunches we served.

Since stream-side eating can be messy, I decided to put the chicken salad in hollowed out mini baguettes (an idea I completely, shamelessly, stole from a local inn).  In this case, I’ve used mini boule that I’ve crisped in the oven, allowed to cool, then cut in half and hollowed.  No waste here, I save the insides to make bread crumbs for other dishes.

Also, I cheated here…I bought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery.  I can’t stand to heat up the kitchen at the moment.

I no longer prepare the meals for our schools, but I still make this chicken salad.  I hope you’ll try it sometime.


Chicken Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Thyme
No mayonnaise chicken salad, flavored with sun-dried tomatoes and thyme...and a hint of booze.
Recipe type: Salad
  • 4 cups skinless, boneless chicken, cooked, cubed
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1½ ounces dry sherry
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place the cooked and cubed chicken into a large bowl.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter.
  3. Add the onions, celery and tomatoes; saute for 2 minutes*
  4. Add the sherry and stir.**
  5. Add the cream cheese, sour cream and thyme leaves and stir until the cream cheese is completely melted.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour over the chicken in the bowl, cover and refrigerate. ***
* I found that customers really didn't want to have onion breath for the rest of the day following lunch, by lightly sauteing the vegetables you'll remove the complete rawness from them, while retaining the crunch.

**You could us a Marsala, or a dry white wine, I really prefer the sherry. Also...never, ever use what is labeled "cooking sherry" as it is salted beyond any recognition. Only use a wine you would drink, when cooking.

***Refrigeration at this stage is important. You need to allow the cream cheese to re-firm.

The ingredients… for the cheat method…a rotisserie chicken which I removed the skin, picked and chopped…

A tinsy bit of butter melted, saute the onions, celery and tomatoes…two minutes!

Add the sherry, then the sour cream, cream cheese and thyme leaves…

Stir just until the cream cheese melts…

Crisp the entire loaf (mini boules or whole mini baguettes), cool, cut in half…

Hollow the bread out from the halved loaf, leaving just a bit around the edges…

After chilling, fill the hollowed loaf halves with chicken salad and eat…

About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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