I’m not sure what I want to talk about first. The mouthwatering fried chicken sandwich (which isn’t that bad for you), or the spicy apple wedges that go along with it. As I devised the sandwich to accompany the apple wedges, not the other way round, the wedges are going to get first mention.
I spotted a recipe for healthy apple fries when I was in the USA last, I loved the idea and is the inspiration for these. The decision was made to go for more substantial wedges than thinly sliced ‘fries’. Only as I thought I would end up with something resembling an apple salad on the plate, and I wanted to do a little healthy spin on a potato deep fried item.
I could quite happily eat a bowl of these apple wedges as a stand alone snack. There is no added fat, just the fresh herbs and spices. A splash of lime juice keeps your wedges from browning and gives them an extra tang. The only considered nasty would be a sprinkling of salt. Don’t omit it. It isn’t much and does make a difference to the final dish. It is a quick and simple dish to whip up.
- 1 granny smith apple
- ½ lime, juice
- 1 tablespoon coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon, cayenne pepper (hot)
- salt, just a sprinkle
- Peel and core your apple and cut into wedges. Place in a bowl with all the other ingredients and toss well. Serve immediately.
I did say the apples were simple didn’t I!
Now on to the not so healthy, but not too bad it could be worse, fried chicken tex mex sandwich. I love a good fried sandwich. When you see me making a fried sandwich you know it’s my way of ‘cooking’ when I don’t really feel like actually cooking. Being lazy when I still want something that tastes like a bit of effort has gone into it. That is how my chicken waldorf sandwich came about.
By adding a few herbs and spices, plus some textural elements to a sandwich filling, you end up with something tasty and interesting. Of course if you are pan frying a sandwich you need to add cheese. That’s just a given.
I do use low fat dairy in this recipe, as that is what I generally have in the fridge. I do butter the outside of the sandwich with real butter, but no extra butter is added to the pan. By using a good non stick pan, you can go easy on the butter that you do use. I also use poached chicken breast.
- 2 slices thick white bread (use multigrain or other bread of choice)
- butter (low far margarine if preferred)
- ¾ cup poached chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon pickled jalapenos, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon corn kernels
- ¼ cup coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon red onion, finely diced
- 3 tablespoon, low fat sour cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ avocado, mashed
- 2 slices low fat tasty cheese
- On a sheet of baking paper butter your bread. Turn one slice butter side down.
- In a medium size mixing bowl add chicken, jalapenos, corn, coriander, onion, sour cream and mix well. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread mashed avocado over the two butter side down pieces of bread.
- Then evenly pile the chicken mixture on top of the avocado spread bread slices. On top of this place a slice of cheese. Place the other buttered piece of bread on top, butter side facing up.
- Heat a non stick pan (large enough to take both sandwiches) to a medium low heat. Place both sandwiches in the pan and cook until golden on each side. If you cook on too high a heat your bread will cook before your filling. The lower and slower the better.
- If you find your cheese hasn’t melted to the consistency you like and the filling could be warmer by the time the bread has cooked. Place sandwiches in a medium low oven for a few minutes to finish cooking.
- Serve with healthy spicy apple wedges.
As you can see this sandwich isn’t too bad for you. It could be healthier by using a sandwich press as I mentioned earlier. Of course you could make it a lot more evil by using full fat dairy products, really going wild with the butter when frying and using BBQ chicken instead of poached.
What ever you decide to do, make sure you don’t skip on the apple wedges. They really are tasty!