While we were without air conditioning, we didn't do any cooking, at all. This is one of the recipes that we made. You can, of course, substitute 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts for the 2 cans of chicken. Just thinly slice them and saute them up and allow them to cool before adding to the rest of the ingredients. This recipe is based on one by Ina Garten. I simplified it and left out some of the pricier ingredients. If you have the extra money, you should try hers, the mango chutney really makes it special (yum!). But, it's pricey, so I omitted it from mine and used grapes instead of raisins because they are so cheap now. We didn't have any canned chicken in the house, so I had to go out and buy some at full price (so sad!). Next time a case lot sale comes up, I'll be stocking up on canned chicken so it doesn't happen again. Here's what I spent on this recipe:
Tortillas - $2.92 at Walmart, used $1.00 coupon - total $1.92 for 8, used 4 - total $.96
Chicken - $2.19 / can at Smith's - total - $4.38 (ouch! - this is why you plan ahead!)
Lettuce - $.99 / head at Buy Low, used 8 leafs, approximate total - $.20
Celery - $.33 / stalk at Walmart, used 1 rib, approximate total - $.03
Green onions - $.50 / bunch at Walmart, used 3 - total - $.15
Grapes - $.88 / lb at Albertson's, used 1/2 lb - total - $.44
Cashew pieces - $3.78 / can at Walmart, used $1 / 2 coupon, total - $2.78 / can, used 1/4 of the can - total - $.70
Mayonnaise - $1.99 at Target, used $1.00 off coupon and $1 off Target coupon - total - Free!
Curry powder - I actually got this for free from my mom (she brought it back from a cruise), but it would be approximately $.15
Lemon juice - approximate total - $.05
Salt and pepper - approximate total - $.05
Grand Total - $7.11 for 4 servings, $1.78 for each serving.
This could be a lot cheaper is you used fresh chicken and cooked it yourself.