Almond-Crusted Curry Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

Almond-Crusted Curry Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
2 dozen

Blanched almonds add a delicious crunch to elegant tea sandwiches filled with flavorful curried chicken.


  • 1 cup toasted sliced blanched almonds

  • 1 whole skinless and boneless chicken breast (about 10 ounces)

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 small onion, unpeeled and quartered

  • 4 whole black peppercorns

  • 5 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder

  • 2 tablespoons mango chutney

  • ¾ teaspoon white-wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 24 thin slices white bread


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds on a baking sheet, and toast until fragrant and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool, and gently crush. Set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine chicken, salt, onion, peppercorns, and the water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate to cool; reserve stock for another use.

  3. When chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat and chop into small pieces. Return to plate; cover, and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

  4. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, curry powder, chutney, vinegar, and toasted coconut; stir to combine. Reserve 1/2 cup curry mayonnaise, and stir remaining mayonnaise into chicken. Thinly spread butter on two slices of bread; cover one slice with a thin layer of chicken salad, and top with other bread slice. Set aside. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

  5. Stack several sandwiches; use a serrated knife to trim crusts and cut into two rectangles. Arrange sandwiches in a single row on the serving tray; they should rest on one long edge with the short ends standing upright. Spread a dab of reserved curry mayonnaise on short ends, and gently pat on almonds. Serve immediately. (Do not cover with damp paper towels or the almonds will become soft.)

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