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Aug 10, 2008 10:06 PM

Chicken Roll

I doubt there are five people in L.A. that will know what I'm talking about, but you never know...

When I was growing up back east we always used to have a luncheon meat in the refrigerator called Weaver Chicken Roll. It sort of resembled bologna, only it was made from chopped and pressed chicken. I don't think they make it anymore, but maybe another company makes something similar.

If anyone's seen this anywhere in L.A. I'd happily drive an hour for this shot of my childhood.

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  1. There's a whole gamut of different turkey and chicken "cold cuts/lunch meat" products available at any grocery store in LA with a decent service deli. SuperKing on San Fernando must have more than a dozen, mostly at bargain prices; simply a matter of figuring out which one is closest to what you remember...

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    1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

      Although I appreciate the reply, this doesn't really help me. I've lived in L.A. for the last ten years and I've yet to come across any supermarket or deli that had anything even remotely similar to what I had growing up.

      Chicken Roll is not sliced chicken breast, it's more like a round chicken loaf. It probably contained all the nasty bits that were left over after they cut away the good stuff for "expensive" packaged sliced chicken breast, plus some gelatin, a good amount of fat and probably a filler of some kind. Doesn't that sound tasty?

      1. re: creamfinger

        What they have at Super king is not chicken breast, but bolognes, that are russian and german, that being siad, i do not know if they make a chicken one, check it out, the place is very cool. Call Huntington Meats in the Farmer's market, they sometimes carry very regional meats, they have Taylor Ham rolls, tasso from Loisiana and other things from around the country. They also make their own andouille, some of the best I have ever had.

        1. re: creamfinger

          That's why I suggested SuperKing; they tend to have some more interestingly "budget-minded" items than say, Farmers' Market, Gelson's or Whole Foods. They've got an assortment of things that are more or less "lunch-meat like", made from poultry, (i.e., NOT organic low-sodium no-nitrate free-range chicken breast). . . . and, BTW, if they're not too busy, and you ask nicely, some of the deli ladies there will shave you off a little sample slice of two or three different things to compare 'em.

          This "Weaver" product: was the texture really baloney-like (in the classic kids' lunch-box sense?) What color was it? (really pinky tones suggest nitrate content) Was it "smoked", or peppered, or anything like that?

          1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

            It was White and the shape of but a little bigger than Salami. It was salty and a bit on the dry side not slimy like preformed turkey. Weaver stopped making it but apparently someone on the East coast took up the slack.


            Take Care

            - P.

            1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

              It was definitely not like bologna in any way other than the general shape. Chicken Roll was white like other chicken products, and it wasn't peppered or smoked and the seasonings were not very distinct beyond a slight saltiness. Imagine blending up bits of white meat, dark meat, fat, chicken broth, gelatin, etc, and then pressing it into a bologna shaped mold. It had a bit a of a mushy consistency and it always seemed a little slimy (from the fat I guess), but it had for very intensely chickeny flavor that worked really great on white bread with Miracle Whip.

              I know, it sounds like a foodies worst nightmare, but when you're a child it's tough to get your parents to shell out the gelt for fois gras (which is mushy and slimy too I might add).

              1. re: creamfinger

                I remember chicken roll - in school (Queens, NY) other kids would bring it in sandwiches and I was always envious because my mother made my sandwiches with real chicken (which I, as a kid, found less desirable).

                "Intensely chickeny" is how I remember it too.

                Jon's Market might be another place to try. They have lots of processed-looking cold cuts. Maybe they would have a decent substitute.

                1. re: lad1818

                  I think we must have had the same mother. Clearly there were two groups of kids in the lunch room, the Chicken Roll, chips and a Twinkie crowd and the sliced chicken breast, carrot sticks and an apple crowd. Sadly, I ate a lot of carrots and apples. So now I'm trying to reclaim the lost junk food of my youth.

                  1. re: creamfinger

                    I am from PA, and I remember Weaver Chicken Roll. Like previous responses its not the healthiest meal but it was good!! I bought some other brand of chicken roll this week and it was terrible.. Have you had any luck finding the co. that has taken over the recipe??

              2. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                Please tell me when the deli counter at Super King is not busy, because I would like to go then. I've never noticed chicken products in their deli section.

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            1. I loved the Chicken Roll as a kid and had been in search of it for some time. Sadly, the company that made it no longer exists. The Weaver name is still around, but they only produce frozed chicken products under that name now. You can go to their web site and look at the products they offer. In the mean time, no one else has picked up the recipe.

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