Summer is almost here! And with summer comes lots of BBQ’s and of course, picnics!! It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a picnic, but I have very fond memories of packing picnics to take the beach or out fishing with my dad. I also remember making picnic lunches for my mom. She would get home around lunch time and I made her go sit outside at the picnic table and then I made a menu with two options for sandwiches on it. I always wanted her to pick the tuna salad because that was all I knew how to make and she knew that, so of course, she always went for the tuna. I don’t think I will be enjoying many picnics living out in the desert this year, but perhaps a nice indoor picnic with lots of A/C would be nice!
I was recently asked by the folks over at Kettle Brand Chips to be a part of their Perfect Picnic Pairings program. The task was simple: create a summer picnic menu and pair it with one of their flavors! I have been a big fan of Kettle Brand Chips for some time. When you open a bag, you know you are getting chips made with real ingredients and by real people! Kettle Brand Chips has been making great-tasting, all-natural chips since 1982.
One of my favorite things about Kettle Brand Chips (aside from all the great flavors) is that they have used all-natural, non-GMO ingredients since they started. Kettle Brand Chips do not contain any trans fats, MSG, or artificial flavors or colors! You have to love a company that insists on using only natural ingredients! You can actually pronounce the ingredients in their chips and that is something I really appreciate.
So I happily accepted this task and set off on thinking what I wanted to pack in my picnic basket! It was a tough decision given all of the great flavors they make! You guys know I am obsessed with all things Mexican, and since I am now living in the southwest, I decided to go with the Jalapeño! It is truly one of my favorite flavors with their zesty, south of the border flavor. These chips definitely have a nice kick to them and I absolutely love it!
Now, what else was I going to pack with these chips?! When it comes to picnics, I like to pack foods that are simple to make and that will travel well. Sandwiches and salads are the way to go! I decided to make a southwestern chicken sandwich with spicy chipotle mayo. You can never go wrong with spicy chipotle mayo, my friends. This spicy sandwich paired really nicely with the jalapeño chips!
After all the spicy flavors you are going to get from the chips and the sandwich, you are going to want something cool and refreshing for dessert, so I mixed up some of my fruit salad with honey lemon dressing!
This southwestern-inspired picnic was a big hit in this house and I think I will be making a lot of these sandwiches this summer along with a big bowl of Jalapeño Kettle Brand® chips!
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (you can use more if you want it to be spicier)
- 1/2 cup mayo (I used reduced fat mayo with olive oil)
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 tsp. adobo seasoning
- 4 slices of sandwich bread (I used sourdough, but you can use whichever kind you prefer)
- 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast (I used shredded rotisserie chicken)
- 4 slices of cooked bacon (optional)
- 2 slices of pepper jack cheese
- 1/2 tomato, sliced into 4 slices
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 lime
- Add all of the mayo ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Stir in the juice from the 1/2 lime.
- To build the first sandwich, place the bread down on a flat surface. Layer some of the chicken, followed by the cheese, bacon, and two of the tomato slices. Spoon half of the mashed avocado on top. Take the other piece of bread and spread as much of the chipotle mayo as you would like. Place the bread, mayo side down on top of the sandwich. Repeat the same steps to make the other sandwich.
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