Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chicken Puffs {Family Favorite}

The first time I had tried a Chicken Puff was at my in-law's Christmas Party. As soon as my husband's aunt showed up with a couple big containers of Chicken Puffs my hubby was snagging a couple so I could try one. He had told me {on several occasions} that they were amazing, so I was a bit excited to taste the magic. He was right, they were amazing. I had asked his aunt for the recipe to which she told me that they were just puffs filled with chicken salad. The next year came and I was asking her again for the recipe - to which I was faced with the same answer. So, I had to take matters in to my own hands.

What were these "puffs" that she spoke of?

After a quick google search I found out that everyone and their mom knew about "puffs". How had I not known about them? Turns out they are the same puffs used in Cream Puffs! Oh, silly me. So, of course, there is recipe after recipe available for puffs on the internet. I picked a recipe that I kept seeing over and over again and gave it a whirl.

Then I filled the puffs with chicken salad and what do you know? I had made my very own Chicken Puffs!! Even though it may not seem like a major life moment - it was. I had spent a couple years thinking that I was going to need a secret recipe for these bad boys, when in fact I could have been making them all along. Oh, the power of the internet... We live and learn, right?

If you are in need of an appetizer for a party, finger-food for a small get-together or maybe just a snack to enjoy while hanging around the house - - you want these Chicken Puffs. Just trust me. There is something about the flavor, the texture and the overall cuteness of a mini-sandwich that makes these Chicken Puffs one of my favorite things to make. {and eat}

Plus my husband doesn't have to wait until Christmastime to enjoy them - I can surprise him with them year-round!! {did I mention they are an easy way to earn brownie points with the hubby?}

Chicken Puffs
yields approximately 35 puffs
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs

about 3 cups chicken salad {I use Garlic & Onion Lover's Chicken Salad}

1. Heat oven to 375
2. In small saucepan heat butter and water until butter is melted. Pour mixture into stand mixer. Using paddle attachment, fold in flour until fully incorporated. Let stand for 5-7 minutes - stirring once to allow heat to escape.
3. Once flour mixture has cooled down, beat in eggs one at a time. Make sure to scrape down sides of stand mixer.
4. Using a tablespoon {a cookie scoop works great if you have one}, drop batter onto baking sheet leaving about 1.5" space between each puff.
5. Bake for 30 minutes or until tops are starting to golden and moisture has disappeared.
6. Cool puffs on cookie rack.
7. Slice puffs in half and fill with 1.5-2 tablespoons chicken salad. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve.


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