It’s Lunch Time!!!! – Easiest Chicken Salad Melt

Fast and easy is not always something that we associate with gourmet and this easy chicken salad melt may just be more resourceful than anything else, but when I am in a hurry in the mornings it is always great to keep things on hand that are easy to make for lunch.  I can’t remember where I saw it first, possibly Hungry Girl, but I started making quick low-calorie chicken salad by combining a can of chicken with several wedges of Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb Cheese.  Those two ingredients with a slight sprinkle of celery salt, lemon pepper, salt & pepper make for a pretty tasty chicken salad.  I know, I know, good old-fashioned homemade chicken salad with celery or grapes and onions is definitely my chicken salad of choice, but this one ain’t so bad (sorry, Mom).

I love a chicken salad melt as much as the next Southern girl, but when my husband was on his crazy P90x P60x spell, I stopped eating bread (mostly) and haven’t missed it much, but it does make lunch choices a little difficult.  No, I do not claim to have a gluten-intolerance, but for my body it works and I find my carbs and fiber in other things.  Anyway, back to the melt.  I guess you can call it a “Naked Chicken Salad Melt”.  I stack a  LARGE amount of chicken salad on fresh sliced tomato, top it with a little cheese and broil for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  This is perfect for a light lunch or is easy enough that you can make it quickly as a pre-meal snack for your girlfriends.  Mine certainly expect an amouce bouche when they come over for dinner, so it’s great to just keep a bowl of the chicken salad in the fridge and in about 5 minutes time you are happily back to cooking while your guests quietly and patiently (yeah right) wait for the gourmet masterpiece.

Easiest Chicken Salad Melt

Ingredients

    For the chicken salad
  • 1 can white meat chicken, strained
  • 4-5 wedges Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to tast
  • For the Melt
  • Chicken salad
  • Sliced ripe tomatoes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

    For the chicken salad
  1. Drain the chicken and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Add cheese wedges. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds. Using a fork to slightly shred the chicken, stir together the melted cheese and chicken. Add celery salt, lemon pepper and salt & pepper to taste.
  2. For the melt
  3. Turn on your oven to broil on high. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the tomato stacks on the baking sheet and broil for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Watch closely as to not burn the cheese.

Notes

You can always add other ingredients such as celery, apples or grapes, but this is still tasty prepared quickly.

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