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Lunch Box: Chicken Salad Sandwich

Lunch Box: Chicken Salad Sandwich #bento #lunch #SchoolLunch


Lunch boxes are popular and kids love personalized ones, meaning they love to be included in a process of making their school lunches. The Fun part is also to work together by for example making a weekly menu plan and go grocery shopping. 
Ever since I started posting pictures of my kid's school lunch boxes I began receiving emails with questions and suggestions with tremendous amount of support about it- which of course made me extremely happy. 
One of the suggestion was to start publishing a real post how certain lunch box meal ideas are made such as just to name a few "Pan Fried Chicken Breast with Cheese Tortellini(w/Steamed Broccoli Florets in Alfredo Sauce) or Thai chicken with raw Peanuts".

One question that I was asked and I did answer it right away on the page School/Work Lunch Ideas was What Box is safe for me and my child?
My answer: Look for the boxes that have clear written label that they are BPA FREE just in case if they are plastic- 
BPA stands for bisphenol.  BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960's.
Seeking out BPA-free products may not always be easy to do. Some manufacturers do label their products as BPA-free, but some do not. If a product isn't labeled, keep in mind that most aluminum cans or bottles have linings that contain BPA, while steel bottles or cans do not. Polycarbonate plastic is generally hard, clear, lightweight plastic. It often has the No. 7 recycling symbol on the bottom. (source Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.from Mayo-clinic)

My Bento Boxes are No. 5 PP/BMA FREE- but these cheaper ones that you can get in the grocery store are not safe to use in the microwave or to put hot meals in them, so you HAVE to let the food cool down BEFORE closing the LID. READ HERE about difference between recycling symbols on the bottom of your lunch boxes, bottles est. 


Homemade Bento Lunch Box Chicken Salad Sandwich

Today I have for you simple Chicken Salad that I spread on the Whole Wheat Bread/Toast. 
Used all natural Grape Tomatoes in combination with Cheddar Cheese Cubes. 
For the sweets we have Mango, blueberries and Kiwi. Or you can serve it with any fruit on hand. 
I think this is pretty balanced bento- savory, sweet and refreshing combination to satisfy both kids and adults. This is also fantastic lunch to pack for picnics. 

Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Serves 5 | Total time: 15 minutes 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (or leftover that you baked/grilled), skin removed
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup carrot. diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion,chopped
  • 3 baby Kosher Pickles, diced
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil Mayo, more if needed
  • 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Pinch of Red Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Freshly ground pepper

Directions:
  1. First boil the water and drop celery and carrots in to blanch them-it takes less than a minute. Veggies will be still raw. This will make them really clean, and perfect for the salad, but it is optional
  2. Roughly slice chicken (chicken is cooked) into smaller pieces, dice celery, carrots, red onion, crush and mince garlic and mix all together. 
  3. Add mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, red hot chili flakes and ground black pepper in a bowl. Mix until combined; then combine it with the chicken mixture.
  4. At this point you can put it in food processor and then spread it on the bread, but you can just keep it crunchy. 
    Serve it cold! 

    Note*
    • Place it in the container or a jar and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days(with lid air-tight). 
    • As a suggestion you can add walnuts or dry cranberries or use tuna or cooked turkey instead of the chicken. Options are endless. 
    • I know that most of the kids like it smooth rather then chunky salads, so I would suggest to use food processor. 


    Wishing you all great beginning of the Spring and wonderful week ahead! 

    Your friend,

    Sandra
    Lunch Box: Chicken Salad Sandwich #lunchbox #schoollunch #homemade #bento #dosirak


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    Sandra


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    37 comments:

    1. Looks healthy and well balanced! Glad to hear that you are getting better with your cold. Have a great weekend.

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      1. Thank you Sue! Yea, it is slow process of getting better, but hopefully I will be completely recovered soon! I am glad you like the idea! :)

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    2. Che bella idea del contenitore , senza dubbio in futuro organizzerò anch'io dei pranzetti così per i miei figli, molto molto comodo! I tuoi sandwich sembrano salutari e buonissimi, l'idea di frullare il tutto e poi mescolare con la maionese è un ottima idea!

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      1. Grazie mille, Vica! I am happy to hear that you like it! :)

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    3. A perfect lunch, in my opinion, whether for kids or adult! In fact, I can't wait until my kids are a bit older so I can send them to school with cute and interesting lunch boxes! Hehehe. I will draw ideas from you and Nami, that's for sure! Nice work, Sandra :)

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      1. Awww you are so sweet, I know Nami gonna love your comment as much as I do! :D
        You will make an amazing lunches-I have no doubt about it but we are going to work extra hard for yours future inspiration hehe
        Thank you Jen as always xo

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    4. now i wish my sons are younger so i could pack them lunch boxes lol! I used to just pack them fried rice or make buns for them, how boring huh!

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      1. My opinion is no matter what you packed it was from love and kids will appreciate that when they grow up. Thank you Jeannie!

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    5. I would LOVE this for lunch...how fun and colorful and not to mention DELICIOUS!!

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      1. Thank you Angie, I happy that you like it! :D

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    6. Your lunch box looks like every child (and teen and adult's) dream :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

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    7. What a cute lunch box, perfect for the kids!

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      1. This box is actually really large. so much space to fill so it could be also perfect for an adult too. Thanks Laura!:)

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    8. I always love how you use colors in your cooking, and you do the same great job when you make lunch boxes! I was checking your pin board for your lunch boxes and it was so pretty to look at. :) Keep up the great work Sandra!

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      1. Awww thanks Nami, I appreciate your kind comment! I do love your bento too always beautiful! Thanks again! :)

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    9. Your lunch boxes always look so delectable! They remind me of the dosirak my mom used to pack for me when I was a kid. I showed her your post and asked her to make lunch boxes for me again! :))) As always, great post Sandra!

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      1. Oh yes! On Korean lunch is called dosirak...that would be sweet of your mom to make it again for you. Thank you Gomo for leaving always sweet and supportive comment! :D

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    10. Hehe my lunch NEVER looked this good! :P

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    11. Hi Sandra, great posting. Your lunch box look very delectable and healthy. Beautiful box too, I love the color. Can make one for me please. :))

      Have a nice day. Regards.

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      1. hehehe...any time Amelia! Thank you dear

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    12. Love your lunch box, the food is well balanced, and I am sure every kid (and not only kids :D) would be happy to have a lunch box like yours! Pozdrav!:)

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      1. Aww thanks Tanja, I appreciate your visit!

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    13. I can always see so much passion in love in whatever you make...
      My Bento can and will never look this great.. May be I need to add more love...
      Beautiful Sandra

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    14. Hi Sandra,
      what a great post!
      There is a real need to create and promote both healthy and tasty lunch boxes.
      Yours looks delicious and inviting, thanks for sharing :)

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    15. This looks like a well balanced and wholesome lunch. Bento boxes are a great idea. I wish they had them when my kids were growing up. Instead I used individual Tupperware containers for each item. The favorite thing according to my kids was the special note I put in their boxes everyday for lunch. It wouldn't matter what the food was but the note seemed to make their day. If you've never done that, try it - they still mention that at 23 and 26.

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      1. Thank you Vicki for your kind comment. Yes, I do write little notes and they are just great. Sometimes I would go and eat lunch with my kids at school and I've seen the happiest faces of those that read notes from their moms...those are truly priceless face expressions!!! Thanks again!

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    16. What a great lunch box idea, I am sure your little one loved it! I have been trying to improve the visual appeal of my children's lunchboxes recently. It's funny, I forgot my mother sometimes put notes in my lunch box... I will have to start doing that for my children too :)

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    17. I love how yummy this looks Sandra, could you pack my kids lunches! I hope your kids know how lucky they are, most people today don't cook let alone pack healthy lunches and dare I say in the South it's even worse on the healthy part. Have a great week, xoxox!!

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    18. What a great looking lunch! I definitely didn't get this kind of lunch when I was a kid, but I was never hungry so I suppose that is good!

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    19. What a great mama you are to pack such a wholesome, well balanced lunch! It all looks so delicious!

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    20. It is looking really yummy... just take a look here also... u can various kind of children lunch boxes, lunch boxes for children

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    21. Very cute and well balanced bento!

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    22. Making your kids lunch Box attractive is absolutely creative work. Preparing food for your little one may be easy, but decorating the lunch box for childrens is very difficult job

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