Hot Chicken Sandwiches

Once upon a time, my mom used to make something like this with the inevitable turkey leftovers at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were a family of three and while my dads appetite is legendary, it does not cover eating all the leftovers from a 15 pound turkey.

Mom used to cut off turkey and put a piece of bread on each plate with turkey on top and then top with gravy. My gripe was that I didn’t like dark meat and after the first feed, there was never very much light meat left. Goodness, I was a picky child.

We didn’t really name this meal, it was just “leftovers”. Now, bring on the leftovers – I have found that if I strip the meat and put it into bags in the fridge & freezer, nobody’s too fussy about whether it’s light or dark meat as long as it’s convenient. 🙂

The hot chicken sandwiches happened because I bought the rotisserie chicken the other day for pizza and then pizza arrived for supper. Still had the rotisserie chicken sitting in the fridge, needing to be eaten. I thought about just making chicken sandwiches but then I found an old package of Swiss Chalet Hot Chicken Sandwich gravy in my spice container (I have a big plastic box holding all the packages and spices that don’t fit into the containers I use – that way they can sit in a cool, dark place).

I thought, since I had the gravy, why not? Must be fate.

Ingredients:

  • a sturdy bread, sliced – I used Canadian Rye
  • cooked chicken or turkey, sliced or shredded
  • chicken or turkey gravy – homemade or packaged

Make or heat your gravy. Toss in the chicken and let it heat up.

Once it’s all hot, put a piece of bread on your plate, top with chicken, top that with another slice of bread and pour on some gravy.

This is not a pick it up kind of sandwich – it’s a knife and fork kind of sandwich.

The gravy will soak into your bread, so that’s why the sturdy bread. Also, perfect reason to have french fries or wedges.

This could be a little sturdier if you toasted the bread and I had a thought about using Texas toast – but that’s some massive bread pieces….maybe Texas toast and make this sandwich open face?

Very simple, very good and very fast. All great when you have no idea what to make or the hordes are clamouring for supper.

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