07 Nov Race Day Sandwiches


Race Day Sandwiches

7 November 2018

PREP. TIME: 20 MIN   -   COOK TIME: 40 MIN   -   SERVES: 10

Knowing how to make a delicious sandwich is an indication of someone who understands balance of flavour and texture of ingredients.

Knowing how to make a decent chicken sandwich will always hold you in good stead, whether preparing them for a picnic for the races or for an elegant but satisfying party tray, it is a skill well worth nailing!

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I have packed these sandwiches in school lunch boxes (with an ice brick), eaten them with a glass of wine with spouse or friends when meeting at the opera or theatre, and wrapped them up into a basket with a thermos flask of tea for a road trip adventure. 

Calling in on friends, managing an impromptu party at yours, catering for a simple wedding? - Race Day Sandwiches will always fit the bill!

In this recipe, I show you how to prepare the chicken from scratch, this is the best and you get the added bonus of delicious chicken broth, if however you have leftover chicken to use or you simply prefer to pick up a rotisserie chicken - by all means just proceed to the second option of Step 2.


1 packet Firm white or wholemeal bread, sliced for sandwiches, or even better a sliced sandwich loaf from  Philippas

1 kg Chicken breast


1.8 kg Whole chicken


2 tablespoons Sea Salt

6 Black peppercorns

Celery or celery leaves




2 Rotisserie chickens with stuffing

500 mls Helmans or SW Mayonnaise

Salted Butter, softened to room temperature

freshly ground pepper


Stock pot; Chopping Board; Cooks Knife; Metal spoon; Strainer; Bowl for the stock; Mixing bowl; Butter knife; Tablespoon; Serrated Bread Knife; Clean damp tea towels; Storage containers; Serving platter; Cocktail napkins


Step 1.

To cook the chicken with added bonus of getting Chicken Broth! 

Place the chicken, bayleaf, salt, black pepper corns, celery leaf, carrot and onion in a large pot.

Cover with cold water and gently bring to a simmer.

Using a metal spoon, scoop off any froth that comes to the top.

Once the water begins to bubble, reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking for about 10 more minutes, remove the pan from the heat, keep covered for another 40 minutes and allow the chicken to finish cooking- resting in the hot water.

When cooked through, remove the chicken from the broth, and strain the broth into a clean bowl through a fine wire strainer.

Reserve the broth for later use.

Step 2.

When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken.

Cut the skin into fine strips.

Toss the chicken and skin together.

Refrigerate to cool

If using a pre-cooked chicken - simply shred the chicken.

Finely slice the chicken skin and the stuffing, toss together and combine with the chicken.

Refrigerate to cool.

Step 3.

Combine the prepared chicken and about 1/3 of the Mayonnaise in a large bowl:

Keep adding more mayonnaise to the mixture until you have the right texture.

Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper

Step 4.

Arrange the slices of bread on a clean flat surface:

Butter with softened butter

Step 5.

Assemble the sandwiches:

Spoon the filling onto alternate slices of bread

Cover with a buttered slice of bread

Step 6.

Pack for Storage:

Wet a clean tea towel or large cloth and wring out well.

Line this with a dry tea towel

Stack the uncut prepared sandwiches onto the dry tea towel, wrap securely and store carefully in the refrigerator

Step 7.

When ready to serve 

Use a sharp bread knife to remove the crusts

Cut into triangles

Arrange on a platter

TIP: If transporting the sandwiches - it is best to transport them unsliced, wrapped in a damp tea towel and stored in a box.  Remove the crusts and cut the sandwiches at the very last minute.

Provide a cocktail size napkin to serve.  The Marimekko brand is the most charming.


Recipe by Elizabeth Peddey

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