Tea Parties are one of my favorite ways of entertaining. If find preparing for a tea party to be simple and easy.
I don’t necessarily have to spend days in the kitchen cooking and baking. I usually bake one or two sweet items and throw together one or two sandwich fillers the day before then supplement the rest with store bought items.
I can put finger sandwiches together early in the day, keep them wrapped in plastic in the fridge, then put them on the table in pretty plates just before guests arrive. The same goes for the sweet treats and cold beverages. Of course water must be boiled for tea if in fact I’m serving hot tea. This leaves me free to actually enjoy visiting with guests.
One of my favorite sandwiches to serve are chicken salad sandwiches. They’re tasty, easy, and guests love them. I used to buy pre-made chicken salad from Cotsco’s deli, but they sell it in big batches and I usually end up throwing some away, it doesn’t keep very long. Recently I’ve started making my own chicken salad using left over Rotisserie chicken I buy from Costco or Sam’s Club. It works out great, I buy the chicken the night before the party, my husband and I have some of it for dinner, then I chop up the rest for chicken salad. Very economical and best of all no left over salad.
I’ll share how I make the chicken salad, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a recipe. At least not a “normal” recipe with measurements. I’ll list the ingredients, but the measurements depend on how much chicken you have left over. I usually have at least half the chicken left over to turn into salad, my husband and I don’t eat very much.
1/2 Rotisserie chicken
1-2 stalks celery
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1/2 cup mayo
salt to taste
1. Remove meat from chicken. Remove skin. Chop meat into small cubes and place into a mixing bowl.
2. Chop celery and onions into small pieces. Add to chicken meat.
3. Add garlic powder and dressing to chicken mixture and mix well. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
4. Add may and salt. Mix well.
5. Make sandwiches using your favorite bread. I like to use King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls or any kind of dinner roll for tea sandwiches. Otherwise I use dark rye or pumpernickle and cut the sandwiches into four triangles.
Chicken sandwiches are also great for casual luncheons. Serve them with a side of gourmet chips!