Here's another idea for a quick and easy meal using some simple ingredients. What pulls everything together is a seasoning rub from Pampered Chef! The seasoning is the Pampered Chef Smoky Applewood Rub which was suggested to me by my Pampered Chef representative. Yes, I know that I'm using a rub as a sprinkle seasoning - but that's all the more reason for a more in depth article about the rub on some pork chops down the road!
But for now, this article is focused on quick and easy cooking using leftovers or fresh ingredients. Ally and I had some leftover rotisserie chicken - probably not enough to make a decent sandwich. and a handful of items for a salad. I also had my brand new Applewood Rub! Ten minutes later a pretty impressive salad was ready to dive into! Here's how left over chicken was turned into moist and flavor packed Applewood Rub Pulled Chicken!
Reheat Chicken in the Microwave Without Drying it Out!
How about that concept microwave oven from the late 1950's!! - but - back to the article. Yes - there are many ways you can re-heat left over chicken but I choose the microwave to stay in line with quick and easy. Plus, a college student, a young couple, or somebody in a rush probably will also pick the microwave. Here's what I did to reheat while keeping the chicken moist and added the flavor of the rub.
Place the chicken, in this case it was pulled, in a glass dish and add a few drops of water. I also very lightly sprayed the pieces with spray butter. Not enough to overpour the chicken but just enough to make the rub stick to the chicken. I then flipped the pieces and repeated the process.
Next, I covered the dish with cling wrap and placed it in the microwave and heated it for about twenty seconds. I removed the dish from the microwave, peeled the cling wrap back, and moved the chicken around a bit to help it evenly reheat. I returned the chicken to the microwave and hit the thirty second button. Then - I just left it there. This allows the heat built up in the dish to evenly distribute inside the chicken. It also helps seal in the Applewood Rub flavor.
The Finished Garden Salad with Smokly Applewood Rubbed Chicken
While the chicken was still covered with cling wrap and resting in the microwave I prepped the salad using whatever I could find in the fridge. The combination was iceburge lettuce, crumbled brocolli, a few carrot slices, a couple of pepper slices, and sweet onion. I topped things off with a bit of shredded cheese, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits. Then - I added a quick dash or two of the Applewood rub directly on top of the salad. lastly; I added the reheated chicken... now called Pulled Smoky Applewood Rubbed Chicken.
The purpose of this article is simply to point out that you don't need a whole bunch of epensive ingredients to make a quick and easy meal that's packed with flavor. Sometimes all you need is some leftovers, a few minutes, and a really nice seasoning!
Thanks to my Pampered Chef Representative Kayla Harvey for suggesting the Pampered Chef Smoky Applewood Rub!