Sometimes it’s nice to have a sandwich for dinner. There’s a feeling of simplicity to it. There’s an even greater feeling of ease to if, if you’re using leftovers to start. I had some of the white ginger chicken leftover that was already deliciously flavored. Why not work that into an Indian spiced chicken salad, make a few fries and call it a night?
I made homemade naan and fries, but you certainly don’t have to if you don’t feel you have the time (because secretly you do, it’s just how you choose to spend your time). If you’re starting out at cooking, just make the chicken salad, buy the naan and spice some frozen fries with turmeric and sesame seeds and cashews.
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
3 T butter
Meat from 1/2 of a 3 to 4 pound whole chicken, picked, and chopped
2 t curry powder
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1/3 c currants or raisins
1/2 c mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
Salt and pepper to taste
In a small pan, add the butter and onion and season with a bit of salt and a few twists of pepper. Cook over medium low heat until very soft and caramel brown. Drain onions from the butter, keeping both separate. In a bowl, combine chicken through mayo or yogurt and season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill.
9 oz self rising flour
2 t sugar
1/2 t salt
3 1/2 oz milk
2 T vegetable oil
Sesame seeds or nigella seeds
Combine all and knead for 10 minutes (a mixer with a dough hook works wonders here). Let rest for 15. Divide dough and shape into six small tear drop shaped pancakes. Sprinkle and press a few seeds into each. Bake on a preheated cookie sheet at 450 degrees for three to four minutes or until golden and bubbly. Brush with the onion butter. If using store bought naan, warm the naan then brush with the butter. I think this is what makes the sandwich great, don’t skip this step.
Assemble the sandwiches and top each with some chopped cilantro or parsley (if you hate cilantro, and I know you haters are out there).
Serve with Guajarati Potatoes or toss cooked store bought frozen fries with 1 T oil that has fried a bit of ground tumeric, chili powder some sesame seeds and a small handful of cashew nuts.
Playlist included Young Blood by The Naked and Famous.