Afternoon Tea Chicken Salad Sandwiches

This is a recipe for those of you who love an afternoon treat that hearty enough to tide you over until dinner but light enough not to ruin your appetite. It is for those of you who love to take leftovers and turn them into something new and extraordinary.

It’s for those of you too lazy to chew a sandwich made with crusty bread.

This recipe is dainty, elegant, and extremely tasty. The secret ingredient is a touch of curry powder – not enough to make it taste Indian, but enough to make the diner wonder why the sandwich is so darned tasty. The bread is very important here – using mini croissants really elevates this to company-worthy food, but even very soft, crustless white bread will do. Don’t even think of using something high fiber here.  The main adjectives here are smooth, buttery, and soft.

Afternoon Tea Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded chicken (leftover poached or roasted chicken works well, or use a store-bought rotisserie chicken)

1 cup mayonnaise

4 celery stalks, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1/2 sweet onion, diced

1.5 tsp. curry powder

2 tsp. mustard (your favorite…I like Dijon for it’s mild tang)

Dash of Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper to taste

8 mini croissants, split open

8 leaves iceberg lettuce

8 mini croissants

1. Combine the mayo and the chicken in a bowl and mix to combine. Don’t worry if the chicken gets a little mashed during the mixing process – you want a uniform texture.

2. Add the pepper, onion, and celery.

3. Add the curry powder, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Now let the salad marinate in the fridge for 3o minutes. This step is very important. The flavor profiles change and intensify with time, so it’s very important to let the salad rest. After it rests, let it come to room temperature, taste it again, and modify the seasonings if necessary.

4. Spread the salad on the croissants…

and add a lettuce leaf to each sandwich.

5. Close each sandwich and serve, preferably with freshly brewed tea and a slice of cake.

This sandwich is elegant, subtle, and very satisfying. It is creamy but with the textural components of the juicy chicken, crunchy celery, and sweet bell peppers. The lettuce provides a refreshing taste, and the Worcestershire sauce and curry give the chicken salad a distant, mysteriously umami taste. This is delicious served at a party or in a lunchbox. Please don’t leave out the curry – try just a dab and you will be shocked at how subtle and vital it is to this recipe.

Toldja fiber had no place here.