Alice’s Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

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No tea party -- or unbirthday party -- is complete without these sandwiches! For safety’s sake, ask kids to use a plastic knife instead of a sharp one to cut the grapes.


Excerpted from Dishing It Up Disney Style: A Cookbook for Families with Type 1 Diabetes

Find more recipes at Lilly and Disney's Type 1 Diabetes Recipe Index


Makes 32 tea sandwiches

What you'll need

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tarragon
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 20 green grapes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds (optional)
  • Bread of choice

How to make it

  1. To make the salad, cut the chicken into 2-inch cubes and place in a saucepan. (Thoroughly wash your hands and the cutting board afterward.)

  2. Add water to cover, mix in the onion and 1 teaspoon of the tarragon, and heat over high.

  3. Once the water boils, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. For best results, check the chicken for doneness: the center should be white with no traces of pink.

  4. Drain the water from the saucepan and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Remove the onion, but don’t remove the tarragon.

  5. Cut the chicken into small pieces and place it in a large bowl.

  6. Add the mayonnaise and toss well.

  7. Slice the grapes and add them to the bowl, then stir in salt, pepper, and additional tarragon to taste. Stir in the almonds, if desired. Cover the salad and refrigerate.

  8. To assemble the tea sandwiches, remove the crusts from 2 slices of bread, add the chicken salad filling, and cut the resulting sandwich into squares or triangles. Makes about 3 cups chicken salad, enough for 8 full-size sandwiches.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1 full-size sandwich or 4 tea sandwiches

Calories 429
Total Fat 18g
Total Carbohydrate 40g*
Fiber 3g
Protein 26g
Carbohydrate Choice 2 1/2*

*Total carbohydrate information will vary depending on bread type used. Chicken salad alone contains 4g total carbohydrate per 1/3 cup serving.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.