Big Daddy’s Kick’n Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad sandwiches. But this, Big Daddy’s Kick’n chicken salad, is different than any I’ve had. It’s outrageously good. Although there’s a lot of ‘normal’ chicken salad ingredients in it, there are some really unique flavors too. Like jalapeno. Chicken salad needed a bit of heat (not too much, mind you), and the jalapeno adds just the right amount. You’ll find nuts in a lot of recipes, but roasted pistachios really add a different flavor. In fact, I actually ended up adding smoked pistachios, which were incredible. And there’s chili sauce too! What??? In chicken salad??? Yes! Oh yes!

Big Daddy's Kick'n Chicken Salad

The recipe for Big Daddy’s Kick’n chicken salad is spot-on great. I wouldn’t change a thing except to triple the amounts because it’ll disappear in no time at all. This will be our go-to chicken salad recipe for now on, that’s for sure!

Also try my spicy chicken salad.

Big Daddy’s Kick’n Chicken Salad

Course Main
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

For the chicken salad

  • 3 cups cooked chicken chopped or shredded, as desired
  • 4 large jalapenos seeded, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup roasted pistachios chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet red chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 medium lemon juiced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onions green parts only, sliced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the sandwich

  • 12 slices bread or use split large croissants
  • green leaf lettuce
  • tomato sliced

Instructions

For the chicken salad

  • Combine all ingredients, seasoning to taste.

For the sandwich

  • Place lettuce and tomato on half of the bread slices.
  • Divide the chicken salad between the sandwiches and add the top bread slice. Serve.

Buttery Garlic Fried Chicken using the Vortex

If you’re craving garlic flavor, you’ve come to the right place. My buttery garlic fried chicken made using the Vortex brings the garlic punch and then some. And crunchy skin? Craving that too? Got you covered there, too. This is some great chicken. Everyone will think you slaved for hours and had to deep-fry the chicken, but nope. No deep fryer here!

Buttery Garlic Fried Chicken using the Vortex

I’ve found that just about any recipe for deep-fried chicken can be adapted for use on the Vortex. This buttery garlic fried chicken recipe is another great example. The key is to not have overly-thick batter. My experience has been that thick, pancake batter-like batter cooks unevenly and doesn’t end up with the crunch you are wanting. You’ll find that this recipe produces fantastic crunch while keeping the chicken moist, tender and super tasty.

Also try my Korean fried chicken made using the Vortex.

Buttery Garlic Fried Chicken using the Vortex

Course Main
Prep Time 1 day 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 8 pieces chicken
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

For the dredge

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large large egg whites

For the garlic butter

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 7 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

For the chicken

  • Place the chicken in a large bowl or resealable container.
  • Combine the oil, garlic powder, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Add to the chicken and toss gently to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 24 hours (preferred).

For the dredge

  • Fire up your grill with a Vortex full of charcoal. While it gets hot, prepare the chicken.
  • In a pie plate or shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • In another pie plate or shallow bowl, lightly beat the egg whites.
  • Remove chicken from marinade. Dip pieces into the egg whites and shake off excess.
  • Transfer chicken to flour to coat.
  • Return chicken to the egg whites and coat again. Shake off excess.
  • Transfer chicken to flour again and coat. Shake off excess and transfer to a wire rack or plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to the grill around the Vortex.
  • Cook for 45 minutes or until chicken reads at least 165 F.
  • Spoon half of the garlic butter from below over tops of chicken and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Serve plated with remaining garlic butter spooned over top of chicken.

For the garlic butter

  • In a small skillet on med heat, melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, minced garlic and water. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add remaining 7 tablespoons until melted. Remove from heat and pour into small bowl. Add minced parsley, salt and black pepper and whisk together. Spoon or brush over tops of the chicken pieces right before serving.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add remaining butter and stir until melted.
  • Add the parsley, salt and pepper. Stir.
  • Reduce heat to low and keep warm until ready to use.

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Poppers

Oh my goodness. I could eat a lot, and I do mean a lot, of these bacon-wrapped pineapple poppers. They are the perfect combination of heat and sweet, smoky and creamy. I could eat them as appetizers. I could eat them for dessert. With little effort, and not much time, you can make a grill-full of these little yummies. Just stand back and watch them disappear!

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Poppers

You can change up these bacon-wrapped pineapple poppers by simply using a different BBQ sauce. I wouldn’t touch the rest of the recipe, it’s perfect just like it is. Use a sweet BBQ sauce for your non-heat-lovin’ friends. Use a spicy BBQ sauce for your no-pain-no-gain friends. Or something in-between.

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Poppers

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 20 large jalapenos cut in half lengthwise, membranes and seeds removed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple drained
  • 32 ounces thin-sliced bacon 20 pieces, cut in half in the middle to make 40 smaller pieces
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking or low-heat direct cooking. You want a cook temperature around 375 F.
  • Place cream cheese and pineapple into a medium bowl and stir until well blended.
  • Spread cheese mixture into the jalapeno halves, leveling off the tops. You don't want any cheese 'mounds' or you'll have oozing.
  • Wrap bacon around the jalapenos.
  • Transfer to the grill and cool for 30 or so minutes until the bacon is beginning to crisp.
  • Brush the tops with BBQ sauce and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Remove jalapenos from grill to a wire rack and let cool just slightly before serving. The bacon will get crisper as they cool.