Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad Sandwiches with a creamy garlic hummus spread – pack them for lunch or have them ready for dinner when you know you won’t have time to cook.
Does anyone ever get tired of chicken salad sandwiches? Not me. Any time I order food at a sandwich shop, there’s a good chance it’ll be chicken salad. And since I’ve eaten enough sandwiches I know not all chicken salads are created equal. First of all, I don’t want fruit in mine. No thank you to the grapes, apples, cranberries, whatever else sneaks into the mix. I can’t even express the amount of betrayal I feel when there are grapes in my chicken salad. Second, the dressing cannot be bland. It needs to be more than just chicken and mayo. Add onion, relish, whatever. Just make sure there’s flavor and please no fruit. Third, don’t go overboard with the dressing. Yes I enjoy mayo, but I don’t want to feel like I’m eating a spoonful straight from the jar either. The key is being well balanced.
Usually I make my chicken salad breadstick sandwiches, but the other day I had an idea. I was really craving chicken salad for dinner, but I ran out of mayo. Rather than running to the store for one item, I saw hummus in my fridge and decided yes that’ll work. And that’s how these Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad Sandwiches were born. Creamy and flavorful with relish and onion. Make it ahead of time, let the flavors marry, then pack it for lunch or have it ready for dinner when you know you won’t have time to cook.
Although chicken salad sandwiches are typically served cold, I do enjoy them toasted as well, much like making a grilled cheese. My parents used to make me hot sandwiches all the time in their sandwich maker (affiliate link). Of course you don’t need a fancy appliance, but it did seal them nicely. I also enjoy making lettuce wraps. Boston lettuce is my go-to because of the big, flexible leaves.
As I had mentioned, I substituted the mayonnaise with Sabra Spreads, which are refrigerated sandwich spreads made with hummus (mashed chickpeas) and other wholesome, fresh ingredients. They are 75 percent less fat than mayo and come in three different flavors – sea salt and cracked pepper, garlic herb, and honey mustard. I chose garlic herb for my chicken salad, but I bet the honey mustard would be as equally delicious. You can find these convenient squeeze bottles in your store’s deli section.
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Yields 4 sandwiches
1 hr, 15 Prep Time
1 hr, 15 Total Time
- 2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped* (see Note)
- 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup Garlic Herb Sabra Hummus Spreads
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Bread, lettuce, tomato, and red onion, for serving
- In a large bowl (preferably with a lid), mix together the chicken, relish, onion, hummus spread, milk, and lemon juice until creamy. If you want it creamier, you can add more milk. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before eating. Serve on bread with lettuce, tomato, and red onion.
How To Cook Chicken Breast: *I used 1 in-bone chicken breast, roughly 1/2 pound (8 ounces). You can cook the chicken how you like. My favorite method is putting the chicken in a large pot covered completely with water, bringing to a boil, then turning it down to simmer and cook covered another 30 minutes or until no longer pink inside.
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