Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Sandwich Paste

Dec 14, 2022 | 3 comments

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After yesterdays flavoured and potted cheeses, todays sandwich filler is a chicken and sun dried tomato paste. Simple and delicious.

How to make chicken paste

close up of chicken paste

My sun dried tomatoes came from a big container of them with a best before date of 2010!! But they look, smell and taste absolutely fine, so I use them. Obviously only now and then, or I would have used them up by now! I soaked them in a little warm water for about 20 minutes, they were still quite hard, but I bunged them in the jug anyway. I had to add the tomato soaking water as well to get it to go to a paste.

If your tomatoes are already soft, add them straight into the bowl

My chicken was raw, so I cooked it in a frying pan with a little oil. Once it was done, I chopped it into little bits and scraped all the pan juices into a large plastic jug, along with the chopped chicken.

Add the butter and the preserved lemon.

Now use a stick blender to whizz it to a smooth paste, adding the tomato soaking water if you need it to go to a paste, or some of t he oil from the jar, depending on what you used.

If you don’t have a stick blender, try grinding it with the bottom of a rolling pin, or similar, in a big mixing bowl. You’ll probably have to let the tomatoes soften really well first.

Put into a jam jar or lidded container and keep in the fridge for up to a week. Longer than that and you will need to freeze it

What is home made chicken paste like?

chicken paste on a slice of bread, with cucumber

On tasting it, it was perfect, no other flavourings needed. Husband had just come back from Sainsbugs with a fresh, crusty baquette, so I put some on a little bit of that. Mmmm, delicious, the texture was good, not watery, (after adding the soaking water, I was wondering if I would have to add a few breadcrumbs) the tomatoes flavouring it deeply and the preserved lemon singing through underneath.

If you buy a chicken paste, a value one is 25p for 75g, with the rest ranging from 38p to 79p. This paste works out to the equivalent of 42p for a  75g jar, the advantage being, of course, that you know exactly what is in it, and can vary the flavourings according to what your family like. Also, if I was doing this on minimum resources, I would do it the week I was using a whole chicken. Then when I simmered the carcass for stock, and picked off those little bits from the carcass afterwards, I would use those little bits of meat to make this, making the chicken almost, sort of, free’ish. You could use chicken thigh or drumstick meat, which is cheaper than breast. I generally prefer the darker meat, but don’t have any at present.

What changes can I make to chicken tomato paste?

  • The sun dried tomatoes could well be got for less, this was the only one showing in Asda on mySupermarket today.
  • You could use whatever spread you use in place of the butter.
  • The meat could be turkey or beef.
  • You could use a few dried mushrooms, or frozen or ones in a jar instead of the tomatoes. Be careful with the dried mushrooms, they are very strong.
  • You could use a bit of tomato puree, add a little at a time, until it tastes how you want it.
  • You could add a few fine chopped capers, or olives.
  • You could add a bit of the chicken fat from roasting a chicken for a bit of extra flavour, or dripping from the joint for a beef version.
  • You could add some fine chopped herbs, thyme, basil, rosemary or sage, or a pinch of dried mixed herbs.

Add any salady bits to your sandwich, or in a separate container.

How else can you use your chicken and sun dried tomato sandwich paste?

You could turn the whole thing on its head, and use the paste as a pasta sauce, or on a jkt potato. I was going to say, add some cream to make the sauce, but that would be too much fat really, so maybe some natural yogurt if you want to, with a spritz of lemon or zest if you have it.

Slice of toast with chicken and sun dried tomato paste, and cucumber slices, on a white plate

Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Sandwich Paste

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
soaking time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course:
Dinner
,
Lunch
,
Picnic
,
School Lunches
,
Snack
Cuisine:
English
Gluten Free by Eucalyp from the Noun Project
Gluten Free
,
low carb by Becris from the Noun Project
Low Carb
,
No Nuts by Llisole from the Noun Project
Nut Free
freeze by Hare Krishna from the Noun Project
Freezes Well
Servings: 12 20g tblsps
Cost per portion 5p a tblsp
Calories: 47kcal
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Ingredients

  • 135 g chicken raw, 111g if already cooked. Thighs, £1.80/kg, 24p
  • 50 g butter Brilliantly Buttery, 84p/500g, 8p
  • 25 g sundried tomatoes 280g/£1.09, 143g drained weight, 19p
  • 1 piece preserved lemon 5p

Instructions

  • If your tomatoes are hard and dry like the ones I use, soak them in a little water to soften them for an hour.
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  • If your tomatoes are already soft, add them straight into the bowl
  • My chicken was raw, so I cooked it in a frying pan with a little oil. Once it was done, I chopped it into little bits and scraped all the pan juices into a large plastic jug, along with the chopped chicken.
  • Add the butter and the preserved lemon.
  • Now use a stick blender to whizz it to a smooth paste, adding the tomato soaking water if you need it to go to a paste, or some of t he oil from the jar, depending on what you used.
  • If you don’t have a stick blender, try grinding it with the bottom of a rolling pin, or similar, in a big mixing bowl. You’ll probably have to let the tomatoes soften really well first.
  • Put into a jam jar or lidded container and keep in the fridge for up to a week. Longer than that and you will need to freeze it

Notes

The finished paste filled a jam jar and when I weighed it (excl the jar)  it was 250g, so 12 sandwiches using a 20g tblsp per sandwich with two slices of a value wholemeal loaf, 2p, that's 7p a sandwich.
Preserved lemons may be hard to find. You can make your own easily enough, but they wouldn't be ready the same day. In their absence, try a squeeze of lemon juice, and/or a grating of lemon zest
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Sandwich Paste
Amount per Serving
Calories
47
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Cholesterol
 
13
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
39
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
82
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
130
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Lesley

    glad you like it Andrea, let me know how you get on

  2. Andrea Williams

    Thank you so much Lesley for this comprehensive meal plan. I have been inspired and don’t feel so daunted now with needing to cut back.

  3. Pat Parker

    I’ve just had a sandwich to taste test the Beef paste-well I had to didn’t I wink emoticon I used half quantities-letting us know it filled a jar before was useful. I chopped up the dried toms after soaking for a couple of hours-I used scissors. I also chopped up a slice of beef with scissors. Put both in the bowl with butter and blitzed it with my stick blender(Kenwood triblade) Then I popped it in a tub. I will try one next time with chilli or garlic. Time for experiments! Thank you for this Lesley.

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