This past Sat March 12, we did something very special that without a doubt ranks up there as one of the BEST night's of my life beside my honeymoon of course. Our Supper Club group got the unique opportunity to honor Christy Jordan from Southern Plate. Each group member picked their favorite dish and prepared it to share with everyone. Now for the REALLY EXCITING part, Christy Jordan herself agreed to join us for this event via Skype and we got to spend the entire evening talking and sharing. Now, I am not going to sit here and tell you everything we talked about because I have something even better in mind, we video'd the entire process and here very soon I will be posting portions of that video to share with you. My heart is still filled with joy from all the memories and stories she so graciously shared with us. And let me tell you, this is one amazing' southern gal!!! She has soooo much personality and almost 3 hrs later we were still at it, I honestly think we could have stayed up all night and never run out of things to talk about. We got to talkin' about her Alabama BBQ Sauce and I shared that I had tried to make my own but it turned out I added too many different flavors and it was a bust..oh well, better luck next time. In keeping with my promise I made to her on Sat, I made her version, let's face it she's more of the expert on the great state of Alabama than I am. Well folks I fell in love with Christy's version...it is is out of this world delicious!!!
So, in keeping with honoring her and her great recipes...I came up with this. What else do us southern folks love that uses mayo to bind everything together...well a CHICKEN SALAD of course!!! So, I used her Alabama BBQ Sauce to bring everything together and it's the perfect combination, if I don't say so myself ~snickers~
SP's Alabama BBQ Sauce
I vowed to be true to this recipe, although I did cut it in half because the salad recipe only calls for 1/4 - 1/2 cup of this and that still leaves some left over, I just can't stand the idea of wasting food, it absolutely drives me crazy and I don't need any help in that department ~snickers~
CJ's & A's Chicken Salad (serves 3-4ppl)
2 cups (approximately 3 breasts) cooked chicken breast, cubed
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup shredded cheese (whatever you love)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup Alabama BBQ sauce (could use more, depending on desired consistency)
1/8 tsp paprika (optional and added for color)
Half avocado diced
salt & pepper to taste
Mix everything together, except the avocado (add to the dish, right when you serve it, otherwise it just turns brown) of course it's ok to eat...it's just not quite as pretty. This is really good the next day, so I suggest making it the day before and then adding the avocado right before serving, ENJOY!!!