You know when you look in your fridge, freezer and pantry and throw something together for dinner? You know when you do that and it actually turns into a successful and memorable meal?! Love when that happens, and this meal is an example of such a success.
First, I had 2 whole organic chickens from Costco that needed to be cooked. I used the other in this Roasted Chicken Tortilla Soup, which made enough for us for dinner, leftovers, and some for friends.
I also had plenty of spinach and lettuce, extra brie from an appetizer I had made, cranberries and pecans in the pantry, and some apples and balsamic vinaigrette in the refrigerator. Salad was an easy choice! This was the first time I’ve used brie on a salad, and I will certainly use it this way in the future!
I’ve put the “recipe” below, but this can be tweaked and adjusted to how you like! And no need to worry about specific quantities.
Fall Apple, Chicken and Brie Salad
- 1/4 of a roasted chicken (You could use store-bought or roast your own. Tips below)**
- Romaine (or another crunchy lettuce), chopped
- Spinach, chopped
- Apple, diced (we used Granny Smith)
- Brie, torn into small pieces
- Dried cranberries or cherries
- Pecans, toasted
- Thyme (fresh, if you have it)
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
Please ignore my stained cutting board. It has been scrubbed too many times.
** For the roasted chicken, make a similar rub/compound butter as in my recipe for Roasted Chicken Tortilla Soup. In that recipe, I used spices, dried herbs and lime juice in the butter. For this chicken, use the same amount of butter, use lemon juice instead of lime juice, and just use salt, pepper, and thyme or rosemary for seasoning. In the cavity of the chicken, place lemon slices, thyme sprigs and a couple cloves of garlic. Roast at the same temperatures.
I feel like my recipes are turning into a PSA for roasted chicken, but here I go again… This one roasted chicken lasted us for days. We made so many meals with this, including a casserole. I didn’t have to cook any protein for several days. The prep paid off!!
I hope you enjoy this fresh Fall meal! Oh, and you should probably add “roast a chicken” to your to-do list this week. Just saying.