The Chicken Salad Sandwich to Convert the Non-Believers

When the Pie and I first started dating, we both had a lot more money than we do now (read: we have NO money now, and then we HAD money).  So we used to go on these elaborate dates, which were so much fun.

On this one in particular, it was my turn to plan.  We started out picking raspberries from a local farm (where I got bitten by a dog and I still have the scar, seven years later, but that’s another story), followed by a picnic lunch in a village park, a game of mini-golf (where I soundly beat the pants off the Pie), a nap, and then a late dinner at a fancy restaurant downtown.  A good time was had by all.

But this story is about the picnic.  As I said, we had only been dating a few months, and I wasn’t yet fully versed on the Pie’s various food likes and dislikes (he insists he’s not a picky eater, but the rest of us look at each other and shake our heads).

To impress my new man, I had prepared a sumptuous picnic feast, featuring as a main course my signature chicken salad sandwiches with moist, tender chicken, crisp celery, and just a hint of spice.

It turns out that the Pie didn’t like chicken salad.  Note that I said “didn’t.”  He gallantly took a bite of the sandwich, to be polite (after all, I had made him two sandwiches in anticipation of his appetite).  Instantly, he was converted.  Now he gets chicken salad all the time when he buys sandwiches.

So here is that recipe for you.  Go forth and proselytize!

We had 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts that we’d poached the day before.  The trick with chicken salad is to mince your chicken.  Most chicken salads have these huge chunks of chicken in them, which, while tasty, tend to fall out of your sandwich all over the place.

So MINCE those suckers.

Also mince up a few stalks of celery.

I like the bottom of celery bits.  It’s like a green flower.

Mix the celery into the chicken.

Now add about a teaspoon of paprika, and 2 teaspoons chili powder.  You can add more if you like the taste.

Glop on about 2/3 cup mayonnaise (don’t skimp here, people, and use real mayo).

Mix that stuff up.  Garnish with a festive sprig of basil and you have yourself some salad.

Which you can then put into sammiches.  Which you can then eat.

Have you ever converted anyone to a food?


Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

8 thoughts on “The Chicken Salad Sandwich to Convert the Non-Believers”

  1. Your blog is a wonder, and I enjoy the posts so much. How great that you share so many of your talents with us. I enjoy the dessert ones, but am successfully dieting so don’t make them. Instead, I find I can feast on your posts and not gain girth. How cool is that?
    But this one? I’m making it! Thanks for the inspiration.
    btw, I’m on the other coast where we finally got hit by one day of summer. I couldn’t believe I was moaning and groaning and sweating and complaining about the 80-degree heat, lol. You can tell I’m old because I don’t know offhand what that is in Celsius. Oh, so is my thermometer! lol Thanks again!


    1. Thanks Elly,

      I spent five years in Esquimalt so I know exactly what you mean, and now Newfoundland seems to be having summer in concentrate so I’m battling the heat for the week that it lasts!


  2. Good call on the chilis. I do the same thing but with BBQ spice rub instead. Tends to produce a less delicate sandwich, but with more zip. Try making a rub that is 1/3 fine sea salt, 1/6 demerara sugar, 1/6 white sugar, and the remainder a blend of paprika, chili powder, granulated garlic, granulated onion, and oregano.

    Also, all that celery is making me crave crunch.


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