Years ago I was gifted a collection of recipes from Mr. Tipsy’s Mom when she was on hospice. I have cherished this book for years. Rose was a big foodie. She loved cooking and feeding her family and friends. This is one of the many reasons we got along so well. Rose also belonged to a lot of clubs and social groups. Cards, BUNCO, Movie Club, Golf and More. These ladies groups always brought dips and appetizers to share. Therefore, this recipe book was also a collection of “recipes jotted down on scratch paper, probably at the social event she was attending where she had something she enjoyed and likely immediately needed the recipe.
I found this recipe for her Chicken Spread on the back of an index card. Like most of her recipes, the ingredients and vague measurements were included, but not much detail. Luckily, I cook VERY MUCH like Rose cooked and over the years I learned to improvise and can get most things to taste pretty. close to how she served it.
This Chicken Spread is a classic. Made with Underwood Chicken Spread in a can, chopped chicken and cream cheese. It is perfect for parties or even a light lunch. This recipe is perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time or budget but want to bring something special.
I had never heard of this product before. I was leery about it. When I asked on my Facebook page there were mixed opinions given. People either LOVE it, or HATE IT. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at the taste and the texture. While slightly off putting in texture to some, the flavor is delicious. To me, it tastes exactly like the chicken in a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. I wasn’t sure how one small 4 ounce can would be enough for a spread so I bought two. Turns out, the flavor is very strong, so one can was enough. The good news is, if you are a texture person, because this is whipped with the cream cheese, the texture is not an issue.
i was easily able to find this on Amazon, at Walmart and at Family Dollar. Apparently it has been hiding in plain sight all these years.
The Crackers Matter
I served this spread with Butter Rounds (Aldi version of Ritz). It was delicious. Next time I will also serve this with the Chicken In A Biscuit crackers that I love so much. I think that the flavors of the two combined would be delicious.
Reminiscent Of Chicken Roll Deli Meat
This chicken spread flavor reminded me a lot of the chicken roll deli meat we ate as kids growing up in the 1980’s. I really love that salty creamy flavor. It goes perfectly on a cracker.
- *all ingredients and links within post
- **for those with a nut allergy, top with toasted panko crumbs or crushed up toasted butter crackers that have been toasted in butter.
- 1 4 ounce can of Underwood Chicken Spread
- 2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
- 1 12.5 ounce can of chicken breast, drained
- 1/2 cup chopped, salted and roasted pecans
- 1 tablespoon of dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of celery salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
- black pepper to taste
- I recommend using a hand or stand mixer so yiou can really whip this. Add the cream cheese and whip until light and fluffy.
- Add the can of the underwood chicken spread, the drained, canned chicken and all the seasonings and herbs.
- Beat on high for about 5 minutes, or until lighter and fluffier than it was.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Add to a bowl and top with the chopped pecans and some more dried parsley and a sprinkle of paprika for color.
- Serve with butter round crackers or chicken in a biscuit crackers.
Another Great Recipe
Introducing a new recipe of mine that is party perfect is my Wisconsin Supper Club inspired cheeseball. This recipe is also delicious with Chicken in a biscuit crackers.