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Recipe: Chicken Salad with Anchovies

As requested in an anchovy thread elsewhere, I offer this, which I am told began at Harry's Bar in Venice. Excellent for little party sandwiches or a cool summer lunch.

1 c. chopped chicken
4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 tin anchovies, drained and finely chopped
1/2 small onion, grated
1/4 tsp. (or more) black pepper
1/4 c. mayonnaise

Mix together, chill and do what you will. I will add more onion if all I have are very sweet ones, and as is always true with such things, adjust the mayonnaise to make it the consistency you like. I often up the black pepper a little; its flavor is subtle but pushes the other things forward. Can't imagine you'd need more salt, but one never knows, do one?

Makes about 2 cups.

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    1. I never though of anchovies with chicken salad, but what a great idea! Thanks for posting this!

      1. Right up my alley during a hot summer. With your permission I'll go with a red onion for a little color, and some fresh cilantro. A scoop on a starburst tomato with a riesling are in my near future.

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        1. re: Veggo

          ooooooh...gilding the lily as usual, Veggo!

        2. This sounds delicious, & is already on my road map for the next time I poach a chicken. Many, many thanks!!!

          1. Just made it for my lunch tomorrow. It's quite good. The anchovies really blend into the background and add saltiness and a hint of fish.

            I have a problem with it though. I don't plan on eating it on bread so I doubled the mayo. It was too thick/pasty due to minimal mayo and the egg yolks suck up what mayo is in there and act as a binder. All in all quite tasty and will be made again. Verbatim or as inspiration.

            Thanks again
            DT

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            1. re: Davwud

              The mayo measure is not mine, it's the original recipe's, and I admit I never measure it. But I do like it thick when I use it for small party sandwiches. And glad, again, to have it enjoyed.

              "Chicken arrow in the quiver" indeed! LOL...