I first made these wonderful chicken salad cream puffs 20 years ago when I needed to bring an elegant appetizer to a baby shower. I had a new baby at the time and since I only had one child I had lots of time that I could experiment in the kitchen between feedings and diaper changes. I used to love to peruse cookbooks and magazines to get ideas that I could try in the kitchen. Usually I would find 2 or 3 different recipes and change a few things to make them into a completely different dish. This was one of those recipes.
Recently I have been watching the Great British Baking show on Netflix which has gotten me into a baking mood again. I decided I would try making chicken salad cream puffs again since I needed to bring a little nibble to a PTA meeting where I am currently serving as president. I wanted something easy to eat, but tasty and different and these are what came to mind. I looked and looked but I didn’t have the recipe I used all those years ago.
I did remember that I loved the crunch of celery in the chicken salad and I also loved how small I made the cream puffs, bite-sized. I like my chicken salad ingredients finely dices so I threw everything in the food processor. I set about trying to recreate the original and I feel like I got pretty close. Chicken Salad cream puffs are small and elegant and perfect to serve at a bridal shower, baby shower or any party. Even my 12 year old son loves them. They are so pretty that they will make a great statement to any table.
They take a little time to make since you have to make a choux pastry dough for the cream puffs. This dough cooks twice, once on the stovetop and then in the oven. It does take a little arm strength as you have to really stir the dough in the saucepan to incorporate the all the eggs and ingredients. I piped these using a pastry bag and large star tip to give them their shape. You could put the dough in a ziptop bag and cut a hole in the corner to make the little mounds you need, they just wouldn’t have the ridges. Even though it takes a bit of work the final product makes it well worth the effort.