Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chicken, chickpea, and pesto salad...yum

I enjoy finding new recipes in magazines and trying them out on my family. It's fun to try something new and when a recipe is a big hit, like the time I made Ratatouille and the whole family raved about it, I feel like a super hero!

Thank you to Jason's coworker for creating my super hero alter ego! This is exactly how I picture myself when I'm trying out a new recipe.

Recently I found a recipe for a chicken, chickpea, and pesto salad. The picture looked so tasty I had to try it. The rest of family are not big salad eaters, so I was going to make this recipe just for me! It seemed perfect for a weekday lunch.

For the first time I purchased a rotisserie chicken. I had learned from watching cooking segments on various TV shows that a rotisserie chicken saves precious time—already cooked to perfection for you—and that they are delicious. Of course I had to taste as I cut up the chicken...oh yes, delicious! I couldn't believe I'd never bought one before!! 

Per the recipe instructions I shredded some of the chicken breast and tossed it with some thinly sliced celery and sliced English cucumber.

Lookin good!

Then I drained and rinsed chickpeas and added a handful of them to the other ingredients.


The finishing touch was to add basil pesto, a squeeze of lemon, and salt and pepper to taste.

It was such an easy salad to make, and it looked just like the picture in my magazine!

I took my first bite and that's when my bubble burst! I didn't like it. I tried to like it. I really tried to like it! I ate half of it before I gave up and tossed the remainder into the garbage! It was a disappointment! But hey, rotisserie chicken is really good! 


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