A unique spread made with pieces of white chicken meat and mixed with mayonnaise! It’s delicious as a snack, appetizer or light meal.
It only takes five minutes to make and can be made ahead of time, which makes it perfect for parties.
It’s the perfect topping for crackers, tortilla chips, pita chips, bread… whatever you love to use for dipping!
This is a great recipe to make-ahead at the beginning of the week for grab-and-go lunches, when we have a busy schedule ahead.
Classic Chicken Spread is also the perfect thing to serve for lunch, as a salad or over a bed of lettuce along with other options like Macaroni Chicken Salad. It’s the perfect dish to bring to a picnic or a potluck get-together.
Serve chicken Spread as a sandwich, on top of tomato slices, and/or over greens. Or use the spread to fill small buns or rolls for a party or gathering.
You can also serve with cut up celery, mini carrot and bell peppers, or on a lettuce wrap for a low carb option.
For fun snack or party food, spread the chicken salad on flour tortillas, roll up into a tight log, chill, and cut into bite-size pieces.
If you are looking for some simple ideas for back-to-school lunch boxes or weekend lunches, this chicken spread is always a hit.
The formula is very basic; it’s a versatile spread that lends itself to all kinds of variations and additions (see notes).
You can use this Pre-cooked Chicken for this recipe, it’s easy, and they offer fresh flavour. Or canned chicken is a real convenience for busy days when you don’t have time to cook chicken. A store-bought rotisserie chicken is another possible choice, just remove the skin and chop into pieces.
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- 1.5 cup Chicken - about 0.77Lb - 350g Pre-cooked Chicken or a 354g of canned chicken breast
- 2 tbsp Mayonnaise - Add more mayo if you'd like smoother creamy chicken spread
- Fresh herbs - to taste – optionalbut important if using canned chicken
- Garlic - to taste - minced or powder – optional but important if using canned chicken
- Onion powder - to taste- optional but important if using canned chicken
- Black pepper - to taste - ground – optional
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- If using canned chicken any type of canned chicken breast will work, just be sure to drain it.
- Using a mini food processor, blend until smooth.
- This recipe takes a total time of 5 minutes to throw together, but I like to refrigerate it for at least an hour to give the flavours a chance to come together.
- Use Greek yogourt instead of mayo for a lighter salad.
- Use extra-virgin olive oil instead of mayo for a looser salad.
- Add diced apples, grapes, raisins, craisins or dried fruit to the basic recipe to add a sweet and savoury flavour.
- Add diced fennel, shredded cabbage, diced cucumbers, celery, or any other crunchy vegetable.
- Add chopped fresh herbs, green onion, chives, red onion, fresh dill, tarragon, paprika, curry powder, Dijon or even mustard, chipotle seasoning, cayenne pepper, Creole or Cajun seasoning or any other spice mix in your cupboard.
- Add crunchy nutty chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews or water chestnuts.
- Add cubed avocado or replace the mayo with pureed avocado and sour cream for an avocado chicken salad.
- Make BBQ chicken salad by adding your favorite BBQ sauce in place of some of the mayonnaise.
- Add a dash of with pickled jalapenos for a spicy version.
- Add crisp cooked crumbled bacon.
- I also love the combination of the cream cheese with bits of chicken, a bite from the onion and the flavour of the soy sauce.
- You can really add a lot of flavour to the dish depending on what you like such as shopped eggs, crushed pineapple, Olives, Pickles, Bell Peppers...
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