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Smoky Chicken Spread Recipe

Smoky Chicken Spread Recipe

The unique "smoky" flavor in this spread comes from smoked almonds. It makes a hearty snack on your favorite crackers. Don't expect many leftovers! —Mary Beth Wagner, Rio, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling YIELD:32 servings


  • 3 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped smoked almonds
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Crackers


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Serve with crackers. Yield: 4 cups.

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pottaway User ID: 3077832 240795
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"Big hit! I added a bit more seasoned salt to give it a little more bite. Several people asked me for the recipe the first I made this!"

kbschrieffer User ID: 1532903 19843
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"This was great! I added a few drops of liquid smoke (my store brand smoked almonds weren't smokey enough)."

THERESAMETTER User ID: 706174 46654
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"Walgreens and CVS both carry Blue Diamond smoked almonds but I make a spread that uses cream cheese, liquid smoke and walnuts that is very similar and is even good without nuts good on crackers and an be made with chicken, tuna or salmon an going to try smoked almond with these"

irishfancy User ID: 6137249 13789
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"I doubt seriously that I will find smoked almonds where I live (I will check the health food stores), but I'm wondering if I could maybe soak almonds in Liquid Smoke and get the effect. Has anyone tried this? I'm thinking this is an outstanding recipe, I love chicken salad."

sunshine1973 User ID: 4594851 19343
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"Let me start with I am not a chicken salad fan. However I went bed thinking about when I can have more of this and planned all the way into work when I can have my sandwich. It is that good. I had it on the small Hawaiian roll and it doesn't get better than that. Made exactly as instructions said, only thing I might do different is I bought the Walmart brand smoked almonds to save a little as these are expensive! Next time I will spring for a brand name, I think the smoky flavor would be better."

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 45382
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014 Edited Jan. 5, 2014

"OOOOOH YES! This spread is every bit as good as the previous reviewers say! Definitely one of the 3 best chicken salad recipes I've ever tasted, if not THE best. I made it for an office Christmas party and everyone loved it. I'm also going to use it as a sandwich filling, and in a tomato rose or lettuce wrap as a straight salad (I WAS going to do that the next day, but my son scarfed it up before I could). No doubt the smoked almonds make the difference, so make the effort to get them. I found them in a specialty store for herbs/spices + nuts, but a gourmet store would probably have them too. However, it would probably still be very good even with plain almonds."

juzt4j User ID: 6551230 16105
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"I made this for a baby shower, It was a big hit. Now it's my go to for any event I need to bring an appetizer to"

MuffieSuz User ID: 5878992 13787
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"This recipe is fabulous -- totally delicious -- even my kids liked it! Makes an awesome appetiser and everyone asks for the recipe."

Memaw2405 User ID: 6123503 43612
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"This was absolutely the BEST chicken salad I have ever had the pleasure of eating! I know this is supposed to be an appetizer but this is going into the lunch rotation as it made a fine sandwich on a hearty bread. Definitely a keeper!"

AdeleDegnan User ID: 4801874 201999
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"VERY good! I don't give many recipes 5 stars, but this one made the cut. Made exactly as written."

janetmsd User ID: 2175728 19340
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"This recipe is WONDERFUL! My son and husband fought over the last of it! The only change I made was to use fat-free mayonnaise.

I served it with a healthy asparagus dill soup! GREAT lunch"

slowtoots User ID: 1579028 43609
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"This recipe is awesome. Just tried it today, easy to put together and everything on hand. Will definately be making this again. Great for get togethers"

regard User ID: 587286 39304
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"I substituted fresh chives for the onion. This is a great chicken salad!"

MarilynKeene User ID: 4259746 19288
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"This is so delicious and easy. I love it.


Cookiemaster13 User ID: 5422007 43454
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"Exceptional - I will definately make this MANY times. No changes necessary - absolutely PHENOMENAL. I will need to make another batch for the family get together this weekend. WOW! It is a clever recipe with the chicken, the honey, the smoked almonds. What a sweet harmony of flavors. Even a fussy palate would appreciate this one."

drmccurdy User ID: 2964136 16066
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"I left out the celery and honey because I don?t like celery and honey didn?t sound like it would be good in this recipe.

A few substitutions: I used grilled chicken breast that I already had in the fridge, green onion instead of reg onion; Light mayo. It was very easy and very good. I served it with baked, whole grain pita chips."

quickfix User ID: 4456029 18076
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"Haven't made this as yet, but I can judge the producy from the recipe when it is this simple. I will use my smoke/grilled chicken and get the smoky taste, and use the pecans or walnuts, of which I have plenty and don't have smoky almonds without a special purchase. I know my church pals will love the sandwiches made with this when I take them for our lunch during our garage sale next week. I like it!"

pennyroller User ID: 4435995 19842
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"like it but what is the nutrition information it??"

LadySullen User ID: 3595759 40008
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"This is a wonderful recipe!! The honey adds a certain something you can't quite put your finger on, and the smoked almonds are excellent. I didn't have chicken when I made it, but I DID have a lot of leftover turkey breast, which I chopped very fine. It was awesome. I recommend buying somewhat expensive crackers--this spread deserves to be presented as nicely as possible (it's also terrific as a sandwich filling with a good, homemade soup)."

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