Last summer was the best summer of my life. There’s a sense of freedom that comes with (finally) finishing grad school and knowing that when the summer ends you don’t have to go back to the grind of reading books, writing papers, and giving presentations.
Last summer was also filled with massive amounts of Subway’s Orchard Chicken Salad for $5… so, obviously, it is the sandwich that most represents my accomplishments. Unfortunately, they haven’t brought back this wonderful creation since then (cross your fingers, we still have some time left).
Why wait for them? It doesn’t take much effort (or money) to build one of these for yourself.
Cook and cube your chicken (poaching was quick and easy), slice up some apples and celery, throw on some Craisins, and load it up with some light mayo. I opted out of the golden raisins (I didn’t feel like buying a box of something just for this sandwich) and someone ate my green apple before I could use it… but it was still a delicious clone (although the roll was a bit sub-par).
Next go around, I would probably buy some real mayonnaise (I used light miracle whip) and I will make sure to hide my apples better. Other than that, it’s a worthy replacement until Subway decides to lay off the personal attacks against me and bring back my sandwich.
Copycat recipe for Subway's delicious orchard chicken salad.
Chop the apples into small cubes. Drizzle lemon juice over apples to keep them fresh looking (if you care).
Add the chopped chicken, celery, craisins and mayonnaise and mix well.
Add salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate before serving.