Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad

Sesame Dressing:
1/2 cup corn syrup
3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger pinch salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
dash garlic powder
dash pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

Mandarin Chicken Salad
4 chicken breast fillet
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger pinch salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
dash garlic powder
dash pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 (10 ounce) package ready-to-serve salad or 4 cups torn iceberg lettuce
4 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped
1 1/3 cup canned mandarin orange wedges
1 cup rice noodles
1 cup roasted sliced almonds

1. Blend the first 14 sesame dressing ingredients (excluding vegetable oil and sesame seeds) in a blender on high. Gradually add in vegetable oil and sesame seeds and blend for a few seconds. Set dressing aside in refrigerator to chill.
2. Rub each chicken breast fillet with oil, then lightly season each piece with salt and pepper. Grill chicken over medium heat until done. Chill chicken breasts in refrigerator until cold.
3. Once chicken is cold, the next step is to build each salad. Place the iceberg lettuce in a salad bowl and add the red leaf lettuce on top.
4. Dice each chicken breast into small pieces and sprinkle the pieces over each salad.
5. Arrange about 1/3 cup of mandarin orange wedges on each salad. Next, sprinkle about 1/4 cup of rice noodles and 1/4 cup of almonds on top of each salad. Add sesame dressing and serve.
Serves 4

Chili's Southwestern Eggrolls

Chili's Southwestern Eggrolls

The closest thing you'll ever savor next to actually
eating the real thing. These "eggrolls" are made with
flour tortillas, stuffed with a spicy blend of corn,
green onions, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers,
monterey jack cheese and spices. When you add the creamy
avocado ranch dipping sauce, you're tastebuds will begin
to party. Make these several hours before you plan to serve
them so that they can freeze solid before frying. This will
help to make the outside a dark golden brown, and the
eggrolls will stay folded without letting any oil seep into
the filling. This is how they cook 'em at the restaurant
chain.

1 chicken breast fillet
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons minced green onion
1/3 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons diced, canned jalapeno peppers
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne pepper
3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
five 7-inch flour tortillas

Avocado-ranch dipping sauce
1/4 cup smashed, fresh avocado (about half of an avocado)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
dash dried dill weed
dash garlic powder
dash pepper

Garnish
2 tablespoons chopped tomato
1 tablespoon chopped onion

1. Preheat barbecue grill to high heat.
2. Rub the chicken breast with some vegetable oil then grill
it on the barbecue for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until done.
Lightly salt and pepper each side of the chicken while it cooks.
Set chicken aside until it cools down enough to handle.
3. Preheat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a medium-size skillet
over medium-high heat.
4. Add the red pepper and onion to the pan and sauté for a couple
minutes until tender.
5. Dice the cooked chicken into small cubes and add it to the pan.
Add the corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, parsley,
cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper to the pan. Cook
for another 4 minutes. Stir well so that the spinach separates
and is incorporated into the mixture.
6. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cheese. Stir until the
cheese is melted.
7. Wrap the tortillas in a moist cloth and microwave on high
temperature for 1 1/2 minutes or until hot.
8. Spoon approximately one-fifth of the mixture into the center
of a tortilla. Fold in the ends and then roll the tortilla over
the mixture. Roll the tortilla very tight, then pierce with a
toothpick to hold together. Repeat with the remaining ingredients
until you have five eggrolls. Arrange the eggrolls on a plate,
cover the plate with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Overnight is best.
9. While the eggrolls freeze prepare the avocado-ranch dipping
sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
10. Preheat 4-6 cups of oil to 375 degrees.
11. Deep fry the eggrolls in the hot oil for 12-15 minutes and
remove to paper towels or a rack to drain for about 2 minutes.
12. Slice each eggroll diagonally lengthwise and arrange on a
plate around a small bowl of the dipping sauce. Garnish the
dipping sauce with the chopped tomato and onion.

Serves 3-4


Boston Market® Meatloaf

If you already have a recipe that claims to be a clone for this delicious meatloaf...you can now
toss it out, purge if from your hard drive, burn all hard copies.

No clone recipe that I've found yet -- and there are several circulating -- has come even close to the tender, tasty meatloaf you can get from this popular chain. Don't be fooled! To make a REAL clone, first thing you've got to do is use ground sirloin, just as the restaurant chain does. And then you need to know how to make the special sauce that goes into the meatloaf and on top (no it's not ketchup and it's not V8). And there's no minced onion in there (just look at it!), or onion soup mix for that matter. So, search no more for the perfect clone of Boston Market's tasty meatloaf. You've now got the result of days and days of vigorous testing. Even if you don't normally enjoy meatloaf, this one you'll be a cravin'.

In the early 90s Boston Chicken was on a roll. The home meal replacement chain's stock was soaring and the lines were filled with hungry customers waiting to sink their teeth into a serving of the chain's delicious rotisserie chicken. So successful was the chain with chicken, that the company quickly decided it was time to introduce other entrée selections, the first of which was a delicious barbecue sauce-covered ground sirloin meatloaf. But offering the other entrées presented the company with a dilemma: what to do about the name. The bigwigs decided it was time to change the name to Boston Market, to reflect a wider menu. That meant replacing signs on hundreds of units and retooling the marketing campaigns. That name change, plus rapid expansion of the chain and growth of other similar home-style meal concepts sent the company into a tailspin. By 1988, Boston Market's goose was cooked: the company filed for bankruptcy. Soon McDonald's stepped in to purchase the company, with the idea of closing many of the stores for good, and slapping Golden Arches on the rest. But that plan was scrapped when, after selling many of the under-performing Boston Markets, the chain began to fly once again. Within a year of the acquisition Boston Market was profitable, and those meals with the home-cooked taste are still being served at over 700 Boston Market restaurants across the country.

Ingredients:
1 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Kraft original barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin (10 percent fat)
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
dash garlic powder

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine the tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, and sugar in
a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat the mixture until
it begins to bubble, stirring often, then remove it from
the heat.

3. In a large bowl, add all but 2 tablespoons of the tomato
sauce to the meat. Use a large wooden spoon or your hands to
work the sauce into the meat until it is very well combined.

4. Combine the remaining ingredients with the groundsirloin - flour, salt, onion powder, ground pepper, and garlic powder. Use the wooden spoon or your hands to work the spices and flour into the meat.

5. Load the meat into a loaf pan (preferably a meatloaf pan with two sections that allows the fat to drain, but if you don't have one of those a regular loaf pan will work). Wrap
foil over the pan and place it into the oven for 30 minutes.

6. After 30 minutes, take the meatloaf from the oven, remove the foil and, if you aren't using a meatloaf pan, drain the fat.

7. Using a knife, slice the meatloaf all the way through into 8 slices while it is still in the pan. This will help to cook the center of the meatloaf. Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of sauce over the top of the meatloaf, in a stream down the center. Don't spread the sauce.

8. Place the meatloaf back into the oven, uncovered, for 25 - 30 minutes or until it is done.

Remove and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Serves 4.

Hard Rock Cafe® Tupelo Style Chicken

The world's most famous theme restaurant pays tribute to the
birthplace of Elvis Presley with this chicken finger appetizer
dish, and two tasty dipping sauces. It's probably best they
chose to name the dish after a city, rather than after the King
himself. "Elvis Style Chicken" sounds like a concoction that
should include bananas, peanut butter and bacon grease.

4 to 6 cups vegetable oil

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
2 teaspoons honey
pinch paprika

Apricot Dipping Sauce
2 tablespoons Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon apricot preserves
2 tablespoons honey

1 cup corn flake crumbs
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
dash garlic
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 pound chicken breast fillets

1. Preheat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees.
2. Make the honey mustard dipping sauce by combining the
ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Make the
apricot dipping sauce by combing those ingredients in a medium
bowl. Cover and refrigerate this sauce as well, until your chicken
is ready.
3. Prepare the breading by combining the corn flake crumbs, crushed
red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, paprika, onion
powder, and garlic in a medium bowl.
4. Beat the egg in a medium bowl, add the 1 cup of milk and stir.

5. Pour the flour into another medium bowl.
6. Slice each chicken breast lengthwise into strips approximately
1/2-inch wide.
7. When the oil is hot, bread your chicken by first coating each
strip with flour. Dip the chicken into the egg/milk mixture and
then back into the flour. Dip each chicken strip back in the egg/milk
mixture and then in the corn flake crumb mixture. Be sure to coat
each chicken piece thoroughly with the corn flake crumbs.
8. Fry 6 to 8 coated chicken strips at a time in the oil for 4 to 5
minutes or until the chicken is golden brown. Drain and serve
chicken with the dipping sauces on the side.
Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer