Curried and Crunchy Chicken Salad…Always A Hit!

Yesterday it was mini croissants that we stuffed full with Betty’s curried chicken salad which has toasted, crunchy slivered and blanched almonds and lots of diced, crisp celery and Best Foods (Hellman’s) Mayonnaise.  This chicken salad recipe is on my “most requested” savory items list for: shower menus, tea sandwiches,  as a filling for pate choux puffs, pastry shells, crispy wonton cups or even as the filling for a papaya, halved, served as an entree.  Yesterday I made a triple recipe for the host and my best friend (T.) (and soon to be grandma of twins) babies’ shower.  The recipe is below the photos I just had to show you of the cutely decorated dessert table.

It was an absolutely beautiful and relaxed shower for just under 40 guests.  The table settings were clever and certainly worth putting on Pinterest :-).  Cool blue was the color scheme, with streaming lines of darling “doubles” of onesies and jammies strung over various tables…I think these twin boys  received almost every variety of sports-themed outfits in existence. Very cute indeed.  And the weather turned out to be delightful…it showered all during the baby shower (showers for the shower :-).  Unusual for a So. Cal. summer afternoon (very mid-west like actually)…but T. had the entire event “covered” so it all worked out well.

Very cute "boxes wrapped with baby blankets and stuff" centerpiece...nice job by Grandma T. ... Diaper cakes run down the long tables under hanging baby clothes and hydrangea floral pieces...then the sweets hit the dessert table to include Heather's famously beautiful hand dipped strawberries

Very cute “boxes wrapped with baby blankets and stuff” centerpiece…nice job by Grandma T. … Diaper cakes run down the long tables under hanging baby clothes and hydrangea floral pieces…then the sweets hit the dessert table to include Heather’s famously beautiful hand dipped strawberries

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This recipe is easy to make…and even easier if you choose to purchase pre-cooked chicken. And, you can prepare it a day ahead too.

Here’s how I like to do it…I cook my own chicken…bone-in, skin on half breasts or a whole chicken and use the breast meat for the salad and the rest for my soup.  I sauté a mirepoix (onions, celery, carrots in extra virgin olive oil till softened), add a bay leaf or two, add chicken broth and water, salt and pepper to taste…add the raw chicken and poach for 30 – 45 minutes.  Done… lift out chicken, let it cool.  Then chop the needed amount for your recipe.

I am enjoying a bowl of the residual broth right now as I type this.  This morning, with the leftover broth from poaching the chicken,  I made a light, flavorful turkey meatball soup for our lunch.  A productive use of the leftover poaching broth.

Here is the recipe…again, you can cook your own chicken, or purchase pre-cooked which most stores now carry.

Recipe:  Poached Chicken Salad with Curry and Almonds

Makes approximately 48 petite filled pastry cups or pâté choux puffs.

PREP:  20 minutes to poach chicken + 10 minutes to prepare  TOTAL TIME:  30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds chicken breast: poach or oven roast, cool then dice

1 cup celery, diced

¼ cup toasted slivered almonds

Juice of ½ fresh lemon

¼ cup minced scallions

½ -1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ -1 cup high quality mayonnaise (Best Foods/Hellmann’s is my favorite and was ALWAYS Betty’s (my mom’s) choice)

The amount of mayo used is dependent on your preference for moistness of your chicken salad.

Instead of mayonnaise, you may substitute with sour cream or crème fraiche for a richer salad.

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix with a spoon.  Taste.  Adjust moisture level and seasonings to your taste.

Fill pastry cups (or whatever you are using for the “holder” with filling, top with paprika, minced chives, or sprig of parsley.

I did not take photos of yesterday’s croissant sandwiches…but here are a couple somewhat blurry ones I had on file…

Enjoy… Always good washed down with a cup of freshly steeped whole leaf tea (of course) 🙂

 

Curried Chicken Salad with almonds and celery...in pastry cups and in pate choux cups...mini sized.  The lemon and fresh herbs give the salad a "lift" which enhances all the flavors...the toasted almonds and crisp celery are crunchy and nice for texture....several guests asked for the recipe...so here it is.. it is also in my Tea With Betty Book.

Curried Chicken Salad with almonds and celery…in pastry cups and in pate choux cups…mini sized. The lemon and fresh herbs give the salad a “lift” which enhances all the flavors…the toasted almonds and crisp celery are crunchy and nice for texture….several guests asked for the recipe…so here it is.. it is also in my Tea With Betty Book.

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8 Comments

  1. So, that’s where your were yesterday.

  2. Ha…I am confident that you had a truly peaceful, tranquil, and quiet day with me not there 🙂

  3. The curried chicken salad was a hit as always. And being made by the expert was so much help for me putting the food together for the shower. Thanks so much. A great time was had by all and especially the babies parents!

    • What a fun day. I always enjoy hanging around you and your family and friends…am not sure where the babies’ parents are going to put all that baby gear though…are they adding on a storage room? 🙂

  4. Beautiful!

    • Thanks…

  5. What an amazing looking spread. Baby clothes are so cute!

    • The baby clothes were just darling…and doubles of every one … twin boys will be a fun handful I’m sure…I am a twin (a brother) and my Mom said that, while tempted, she never dressed us alike…thank goodness 🙂 —(being that we were a baby boy and baby girl).