I was going through Mom’s recipe box recently and came across this recipe. I don’t know the origin of it but, I remember her making the spread for some pretty tasty sandwiches when I was a kid. This is simple and light for the hot summer days we’re having now.
It may sound like a lot of celery---include it all; it won’t give the chicken spread a strong celery taste. Combining the celery with the nuts adds a little crunch to the spread with the flavors complementing the chicken perfectly. Mom always put the chicken through a manual meat grinder but I use the food processor for a speedy job. When adding the broth, be careful not to add so much as to make it mushy. You can always add more of it or a little mayo if needed after it has been well chilled.
It’s good on about any type of bread or toast and slider buns also, with a lettuce leaf or two for a savory sandwich; however, spread it on crackers and you are treated to a saporous appetizer! Mom’s Chicken Spread is great summer fare that I hope you try!
Mom’s Pressed Chicken Spread
3 pounds boneless chicken breasts
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
¾ cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon onion, grated
1 tablespoons sweet pickle juice
1 cup celery, finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cook chicken in large sauce pan in salted water to cover until tender and done.
Remove from broth; reserving broth. Set aside to cool.
Place chicken in food grinder and grind, or food processor or chop fine with a knife.
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise, beating well.
Add pecans, onions, pickle juice, celery, salt and pepper.
Stir until well blended.
Place ground chicken in cream cheese mixture and combine thoroughly.
Add ¼ to ½ cup reserved chicken broth to desired consistency.
Mixture will thicken when chilled.
Mom’s note: chicken will be moister if cooked the day before using and placed in the broth to chill in the refrigerator.
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