Chicken sandwiches are eternally popular and often the first item to disappear when handed around. The key is well-buttered bread, which prevents any filling from soaking in and making the bread soggy.
Makes: 40 Small Sandwiches
2/3 cup good-quality egg mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grain mustard
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
finely grated zest 1 large lemon
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon sea salt
grind of black pepper
1 x rotisserie or roasted chicken
20 slices thin sandwich
bread, I used a grain loaf
butter, at room temperature
filling: Stir everything except the chicken together in a large bowl. Remove the meat from the chicken, discarding the skin, bones and fat. Chop the meat into roughly 1cm pieces and add to the bowl. Gently fold everything together until well combined.
TO ASSEMBLE: Butter one side of each slice of bread. Lay out 10 slices, buttered side up and divide the filling between them. Gently spread the chicken with a fork, leaving a ½cm edge around the bread. Don’t push it down flat as the sandwiches need to look full and inviting. Top with the remaining bread. Cut off the crusts using a very sharp bread knife, then cut each sandwich into quarters. Arrange on a serving platter. If making ahead of time, cover with a damp tea towel to ensure they don’t dry out.