Yes, I know.
I claim to be such a great cook. Wait. Have you ever heard me say that??
The truth is, I love to cook. Love it.
But that isn't how it's always been.
For at least the first year of my marriage all I could cook was Hamburger Helper. I did not know how to boil an egg or even make a grilled cheese sandwich. Bacon? How do you cook that? Pancakes? I used Bisquick, and they turned out like warm wallpaper paste. I remember being totally bewildered trying to read a recipe. Recipes in those days may as well have been just like trying to deciper a Japanese phonebook!!
Looking back, I really can't remember when I started to learn how to cook.
Nowadays, I get a real dorky kind of thrill from creating my own recipes.
So, here's a recipe for you. And maybe I'll make Sundays my recipe day, if you guys want more recipes. And oh yes, I use all kinds of real chef-y jargon, and real complicated technique, because I'm just an expert like that. You know, snooty and all......yeah. Right. Not really.
Mexican Chicken Salad
2 cans chicken, or 2 cups leftover shredded chicken (this is what we use)
1 C mayonnaise
1 can chopped green chiles
3 TBSP chopped cilantro
1 tsp ground cumin
1 C shredded cheddar
2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed through a garlic press, or very finely chopped
1 TBSP Tabasco or Frank's Red Hot Sauce
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 TBSP lemon juice (we use fresh squeezed, it just makes it so much better!)
1 TBSP lime juice (we fresh squeeze this too)
DIRECTIONS: If you're using canned chicken,make sure you drain it off. Dump it in a medium sized bowl and smash it up. Now, this is just a dump recipe. So, pour the lemon and lime juices over the chicken, toss it, and let it sit for a few minutes. After about 10 minutes, dump everything else on the chicken. Toss it all together and serve. That's IT!! This is excellent on bread, topped with cheese and put in the toaster oven. It's great on a bed of arugula and baby romaine. It can be shaped into a ball and served with different kinds of crackers. Or, it can be spread on a tortilla and wrapped.
Try this recipe and let me know if you like it!
Recipe created by Leanne Gilchrist. Copyright 2010 by leeswords. All rights reserved.