August 14, 2012

Chicken Salad Sandwich

I'd love to own a New York style deli sandwich shop-one of the many things I would like to do! A place where meat gets brined, cured and slowly cooked to perfection, where there is an endless choice of freshly baked breads - not just white or brown, a place where you get a big juicy pickle along with your sandwich. A place where people keep coming back for the best sandwich they have ever eaten. 

Since I'd like to own a sandwich shop I practice my sandwich skills quite regularly. You've  gotta keep it fresh and exciting-different fillings, different temperatures, different types of bread, different accompaniments. In my opinion, what goes on between two slices of bread is a beautiful, ever- changing art. 

Can you tell I like a good sammich?!

This sandwich is a good one.I think my favourite thing about it is its textural elements. It is creamy, crunchy, chewy, and slightly sweet.  I chose a slightly sour wheat bread to go with this sandwich. Every bite is filled with shreds of chicken, chewy dried cranberries, toasted pecans, fresh celery and scallions. 

Goodness. You've gotta have a pickle with it, so necessary!


Holly x

Adding thyme and garlic to the poaching liquid for the chicken gives it a really good flavour! 

Once the chicken is poached the garlic will be lovely and soft. DON'T bin it! Keep it and add it to some butter for the BEST garlic butter ever!

Shred the chicken with two forks. 

Shredding the chicken really makes it go further.

I used dried cranberries and pecans in this chicken sandwich. Feel free to experiment-use raisins/sultanas/fresh grapes/almonds or walnuts.

Definitely add celery and spring onions though. They give it a super fresh crunch factor. 

Roughly chop the pecans and dried cranberries. Finely dice the celery and thinly slice the spring onion.

Put the shredded chicken in a bowl and add the pecans, dried cranberries, celery, spring onion, mayo, sour cream, salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

Do you see how good this looks? Crunchy pecan nuggets and chewy dried cranberries. 

Bananas good. 

SECRET WEAPON!! I had some rhubarb compote in the fridge so I added it. OMG best thing I've ever done in my life. 

If you have some DO IT! Otherwise, try and get your hands on some sweet peach or apricot relish. 

Leave out relish if you prefer. If you would like to add a touch of summer to your sandwich add a diced peach to the mixture. Mmmm!

Pile the chicken filling high on one slice of bread. Add some lettuce, thinly sliced red onion and tomatoes. 

Nothing else needed -other than perhaps a cool beer!

Recipe, Makes 6 Generous Sandwiches.

4 Chicken Fillets
3 Garlic Cloves
Few Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
2 Celery Sticks
2 Spring Onions-white and green parts
100g Dried Cranberries
100g Pecans, toasted
75g Sour Cream
50g Mayo-I used fulled fat but completely up to you!
2 Tablespoons Rhubarb Compote/Peach/Apricot Compote-optional

12 Slices Bread, 2 per Sandwich 
Lettuce-I used a soft leafy round lettuce
Tomatoes, Red Onion

Place chicken fillets, whole garlic cloves and thyme into a pot.
Cover with water.
Bring to the boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked.
Remove from pot and shred with two forks.
Allow to cool slightly.
Toast the pecans in a dry pan.
Roughly chop the pecans and dried cranberries.
Finely dice the celery and finely slice the white and green part of the spring onions.
Place the cooled chicken in a bowl.
Add the celery, spring onion, pecans and dried cranberries.
Stir in the mayo, sour cream and compote, if using.
Taste for seasoning. 
Spread each slice of bread with a little mayo-this keeps everything from falling out of the sandwich!
Pile the chicken filling onto one piece of bread.
Lay on top sliced tomato, sliced onion and lettuce.
Top with the second slice of bread.
Cut in half and serve with a lovely juicy pickle!


  1. I definitely agree with you: sandwich making is an art. And this one seems yummy, I'll make sure to try out your recipe, thanks for sharing.

  2. Nothing worse than a bad sambo! Let me know how you get on if you try it!