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Out of the Lunch Box: Anita Lo's Curried Chicken and Raisin Sandwich

Out of the Lunch Box: Anita Lo's Curried Chicken Sandwich

Anita Lo has traveled the globe, and today she's bringing her worldly influence to your child's school lunch. The acclaimed chef and owner of Annisa Restaurant in Greenwich Village sent us a curried chicken sandwich recipe that packs a flavorful (and nutritious) punch with homemade cashew butter, sliced cucumber, and raisins. The recipe makes enough that mom and dad can brown-bag it to work as well!
To check out Lo's mouthwatering recipe,


Curried Chicken with Raisins and Cashew Puree on Whole Wheat

Curried Chicken with Raisins and Cashew Puree on Whole Wheat

Curried Chicken with Raisins and Cashew Puree on Whole Wheat


1 pound of chicken tenders
salt and pepper
-3 Tbsp. oil
1/2 cup onion, small dice
1 Tbsp. madras curry powder (or to taste)
water to just cover
pinch grated lemon zest (optional)
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. chopped chives (optional)
2 Tbsp. raisins

-1/3 cup roasted salted cashews
-1/4 cup water
-salt and pepper to taste

-1 kirby cucumber cut into ¼” thick rounds
-pinch salt

-8 slices whole wheat bread


Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a small pot on high heat and add the oil. Add the onion and stir. Turn heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and very soft. Add the curry powder and stir. Add the seasoned chicken tenders and just cover with water. Turn heat to medium high and boil until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove tenders to a plate and continue to cook the remaining liquid until about 3 Tbsp. remains. Pour over the tenders and allow to cool. Rip the tenders into bite sized chunks and mix with the raisins, the lemon zest and juice, the chives and the onions and reduced liquid. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Make the cashew puree: with a hand blender, or small blender, puree the cashews with the water and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Lightly toast the bread, then spread with the cashew puree and line with cucumber slices. Pile the curried chicken mixture in between and top with the other slice of bread.

Lil's new mouthwatering Out of the Lunch Box feature continues with celebrity chefs and restaurateurs creating their ultimate sandwiches for elementary school kids. We can't wait to serve up all the amazing recipes!

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AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
I don't have kids, so I'll be tickling my tummy with this. She makes some tasty treats!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 6 years
it definitely looks good enough for adults to take to lunch. but it looks too messy for the kids..
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