Chicken Salad in Choux Pastry

For our shoe making party we prepared our regular chicken salad recipe.

Chopped almonds, craisins, and celery were added to chicken in equal parts.
Chopped almonds, craisins, and celery were added to chicken in equal parts.

The chicken salad is easy:

  • chopped rotisserie chicken,
  • craisins,
  • celery,
  • pan toasted sliced almonds,
  • mayonnaise.
I chopped the sliced almonds then browned them lightly in butter/olive oil.
I chopped the sliced almonds then browned them lightly in butter/olive oil.

This time we finely chopped all the ingredients because we planned to fill small choux pastry balls with the mixture.

Craisins were chopped.
Craisins were chopped.

I used the recipe for Basic Cream Puff Dough from Epicurious. 

The small points need to be flattened with a wetted fingertip.
The small points need to be flattened with a wetted fingertip.

After following the directions for mixing the dough I put it in a pastry bag and piped small blobs onto a baking sheet.

We cooked the pate a choux on parchment paper and removed immediately upon removal from the oven to deter sticking.
We cooked the pate a choux on parchment paper and removed immediately upon removal from the oven to deter sticking.

After baking for 10 minutes at 425 degrees then turning the oven down to 350 for another 12 minutes we cooled the balls.

A small scoop conveniently filled the choux pastry balls.
A small scoop conveniently filled the choux pastry balls.

Then the bite-size pastry were sliced in half and filled with chicken salad.

We served the small chicken salad balls on the buffet in a glass-topped platter.
We served the small chicken salad balls on the buffet in a glass-topped platter.

One recipe makes about 50 balls.

What do you like in your chicken salad?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “Chicken Salad in Choux Pastry”

  1. That table looks lovely and the food sounds delicious. I like your chicken salad recipe. I hope the party was a big success.

    1. Making the pastry was easy but time consuming, as you say. I would do it again, though, because the presentation was great and easy to eat. Jo

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