Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cooking with Emeri: Dill-less Chicken and Potato Salad

Emeri got this recipe from Recipezaar and we made a few changes. I totally forgot to buy the dill which is why we had a Dill-less Chicken and potato Salad.

Here are the ingredients:
* 2 medium red potatoes, scrubbed and diced small
* 6 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
* 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut in to small pieces
* 2 tablespoons fresh dill (1 1/2 t if dried)
* 2 green onions, finely sliced
* 2 teaspoons lemon juice
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 black pepper
* cayenne pepper, dash if desired
and full instructions are here.

We decided to make this the main part of our meal so we opted for 4 potatoes instead of 2. We had Russet at home so that is what we used. She started to peel them and then we decided we would leave the skins on. So she chopped them up into small chunks. This part was done the night before.

They were put into a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes. After which she drained them and put them in a bowl.

The recipe called for 6TBS of olive oil and that seemed like way too much, so we used 4 TBS of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

and here is where we misread the directions. It calls for 2 tsp of White Wine Vinegar but Emeri added 2 TBS. If I made it again I would probably use 2 TBS. It gave it a nice tanginess.

After mixing in the oil and vinegar she covered the bowl in aluminum foil and then put it in the fridge over night.

The next day she baked chicken breast in the oven. 2 were for this meal and 2 for Jonah's meal the next night. 425 for about 40 minutes, depends on how large the breast are.

After the chicken cooled she chopped it up and added it to the potatoes.

Then she chopped up the green onions and added them along with some salt and pepper.

Finally she added a little cayenne pepper and stirred it up good.

Then she buttered some slices of wheat bread and sprinkled them with garlic salt to make garlic bread. Last she heated up a can of corn.

We did not use the lemon juice or the dill but I think the extra vinegar made up for it.

What was the verdict?
3 out of 4 members of this family loved it. It was a really good potato salad, different than I had ever had but very good. Having the chunks of chicken made it much heartier.
Jonah wouldn't eat it...I don't know if I have mentioned yet she is picky! As a matter of fact I am not sure she is going to like what she picked out this week! LOL

We will for sure make this potato salad again!