I had a lot of boiled chicken as a result of the chicken broth I made a few days ago so I decided to use some of it experimenting with a healthier type of chicken salad sandwich or two. Instead of adding the more predictable gobs of high-fat mayonnaise, I decided to chop up some bottled artichoke hearts that were marinated in olive oil and spices and I mixed this in with the chicken. Add some of the olive oil to make sure it isnâ€™t too dry. Then I made two different sandwiches using toasted whole wheat bread. The first sandwich had roasted red peppers that I had in stock in the fridge. I also added some basil leaves for added color and flavor. This sandwich was really good. The chicken was tasty, the lack of mayonnaise not really noticeable and the softness, flavor and moisture of the roasted red peppers added color and taste. Really nice and rather healthy I might addâ€¦
In the second sandwich, I replaced the red peppers with some steamed asparagus. This turned out a little drier than I would have liked. Maybe if I had used larger and juicier white asparagus marinated in a vinaigrette it would have been better. At any rate, I was happy with both of the sandwiches and saved a few fat calories in the process. If you canâ€™t see yourself going the artichoke route, then add some mayonnaise and yikes, possibly chopped sweet green pickles for a more pinoy version. Where did the sweet pickle fetish come from anyway??? The nice thing about using chopped artichokes instead of mayonnaise is that the sandwich lasts longer because the mayonnaise wonâ€™t spoil so quickly! Enjoy!