Pine Nut & Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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Pine Nut and Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I am delighted to bring you my 3rd Swanson Canned Chicken recipe creation, as part of the Swanson Chicken Blogger Enthusiast Program! The theme for this recipe is Spring Time in the Park, so I decided to create something simple and portable, but so incredibly tasty (if I do say so myself).

Pine Nut and Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Pine Nut and Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Ingredients:
1 can of Swanson Canned Chicken (or course you can double the recipe if you have more than 4 people)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup mayo
1 cup shredded swiss or jack cheese (I found a swiss & gruyere blend!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Loaf of fresh ciabatta bread
Tomatoes & lettuce (optional)

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
2 cloves garlic (crushed/minced)

Pine Nut and Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Begin by mixing the last four ingredients. This mixture is what you will brush on the Ciabatta bread slices. In small bowl, measure olive oil, add spices and crush garlic. Blend well and let sit.

Pine Nut and Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

In a separate large bowl, drain and add chicken, cranberries, pine nuts, mayo, cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate.

Pine Nut and Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Heat large skillet or griddle to medium.

Pine Nut and Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Slice Ciabatta bread into 1/4 inch slices. Liberally brush or spoon olive oil mixture on each slice and place this side down on griddle. Cook until light brown and slightly crispy.

Pine Nut and Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

For your picnic, you can bring the cooled bread slices in a plastic bag, and the chicken salad mixture in a disposable container. It’s quick and easy to make the sandwiches right on the spot! When assembling the sandwiches, place the filling on the toasted sides of the bread, so the outside of the sandwich will be soft.

Pine Nut & Cranberry Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwiches
The flavor of this is nothing short of amazing. Seriously.  Once again, Swanson Canned Chicken has impressed me so much.  This recipe would not be nearly as easy if I had to cook the chicken, remove meat and bones and shred it.  I honestly don’t think the flavor would be as good either.  Swanson Canned Chicken just has such a great taste, and the chicken is so tender and moist. I will ALWAYS keep it on hand!

Make sure you check out the other recipes I created using Swanson Chicken – Chicken Wraps with Cool Avocado Dressing and Chicken and Dumplings!

*I will be compensated for creating and posting this original recipe for Swanson Canned Chicken.

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17 Comments

  1. Wow, they look delicious! I would love every single bite from the tart cranberries to the crunch of the nuts and the garlic oil on the bread….mmmm!

    • Thanks Nichol! I knew it would be good, but was surprised at HOW good they were. The bread being crispy on one side and soft on the other really gave the whole sandwich a neat texture.

  2. This looks so good! I really like the Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich at Arby’s so your Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwich is a nice twist on similar ingredients plus some really flavorful extras. I love that the canned chicken is such a time saver.

  3. Richard Hicks on

    Looks really great and from the ingredients it is very healthy too. Will have to give this one a try

  4. This looks delicious and reminds me of the after Thanksgiving lunch we normally enjoy with turkey, cranberry sauce, cheese with stuffing. I love the bread you have it looks yummy!

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