Archive for August, 2012

Tips for Throwing the Tastiest Labor Day Party Around

As moms and dads “labor” to get their kids ready for school (or yikes, college!) it can leave little time to attend, much less host a great Labor Day Weekend Party. But as we know, this is a great time of year to enjoy a gathering of friends and family. So don’t let your hectic schedules stop you from putting together some of the best, crowd-pleasing foods around for this celebration.

Tortilla Willow Tree Chicken Salad is easy to prepare and sure to be a crowd pleaser at Labor Day parties. Look for it on our recipes page.

The Most “Flexible” Party Food: Willow Tree Chicken Salad  

One of the greatest things about chicken salad is its flexibility. It can be rolled, wrapped, scooped, spread, stacked, and dolloped. This means you can team it with a number of different breads, rolls, wraps, and crackers, and you can prepare these sandwiches or appetizers in advance of your party. As always, we encourage you to review our safe handling guidelines for our chicken salad. 

One of our favorite party ideas is to make a chicken salad sandwich on a large round of foccacia. You can then slice it up to feed a number of guests from that one sandwich. You can also apply this idea to a long sub roll, French, or Italian bread. Make sure you have enough room in your refrigerator if you need to store them for a while. 

No time to assemble your own party platter? If you live in the Attleboro, MA area, you can order a party platter in advance, not to mention all of the other fine salads, barbecue chicken, and other foods you’ll find on our retail store menu

If you are a Willow Tree fan who is now living in a state where our products are not sold, you can always use our online shipping option. Keep in mind shipping costs will apply.


New Chicken Salad Recipe Ideas 

The other great thing about Willow Tree Chicken Salad is that it goes so well with an endless list of seasonings and foods that can be mixed into it. On our facebook page, we hear from fans who have their own delicious ideas, and we are always on the look out for new chicken salad recipes. 

  1. Catherine likes hers on a finger roll
  2. John likes his plain on wheat with bread and butter pickles on the side
  3. Christine likes hers straight out of the container (most popular answer)
  4. Rich likes his on a toasted salt bagel for a sweet and salty treat (great idea Rich!)
  5. Michelle likes hers on a whole wheat wrap with baby spinach and sweet potato chips
  6. Laurie sometimes mixes hers with curry powder, or walnuts and grapes over mixed greens (very gourmet!)
  7. Marnie spoons hers onto a saltine cracker and adds a drop of tabasco
  8. Georgiana puts hers on a salad
  9. Allyson likes hers on a bulkie roll with chips on the side
  10. Michael likes his in a wrap with lettuce, tomato, onion and black olives
  11. Stephanie likes hers on a bed or lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, and carrots
  12. Nancy likes hers with fresh-picked garden tomatoes 

In addition to our own recipes page, including more “how-to” videos, we have also pinned more chicken salad recipe ideas on Pinterest. If you make adjustments to the recipe, most can be used with Willow Tree Chicken Salad to make them less time consuming. 

If you live in an area where grocery stores carry Willow Tree Chicken Pie (but not the salads), such as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut – you’ve got Labor Day Party options too. Our 8 oz. single serving pies are great for parties. Especially if you’ve got hungry guests hanging out at the end of a long day in the pool. Or they can share a 52 oz. family size. 

We hope that you have a lot of fun with family and friends over the long weekend.  And we thank you for making Willow Tree part of your celebrations.

Yogurt and Berries Blogger Reviews Willow Tree Chicken Pie with Classic Vegetables

Willow Tree thanks Bridget at Yogurt and Berries for her thoughtful review of Willow Tree Chicken Pie with Classic Vegetables. Visit Bridget’s blog here: 

We have posted her review below:

For some reason, chicken pot pies are never something I think of making, or even buying for that matter.   I don’t know why though, they are the epitome of comfort food, and it let’s you have “pie” for dinner! Recently, the nice people at Willow Tree Farm asked if I’d like to try out their chicken pot pies to review, and I gladly accepted.  Willow Tree is a local family owned and operated company out of Attleboro, MA specializing in chicken…especially chicken pies and chicken salad. In most grocery stores around New England you can find their chicken pies in the freezer section and their chicken salad at the deli. I selected their Chicken Pie with vegetables which had carrots, peas, and green beans.

Preparation is simple, place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 1hr 15min.  I took the suggestion on the box to brush the crust with milk first to give it a nice golden brown finish. Before we knew it, dinner was ready.  We had simple side salads to go with our meal.  The pie technically has 3 servings but if it’s your main course I would say it feeds 2…we had no problem eating the whole thing.

Unlike some chicken pot pies this one only has a top crust which I really like!  Most of the time I feel like the bottom crust is just a filler and gets soggy anyways…this also keeps the calories down a bit. I really enjoyed the big hunks of white meat, and the filling was nice and salty…in a good way, at least I thought so.  The crust was crisp and golden brown..good, but not as tender and flaky as it could of been. I’d love to see them make a pie with just real butter and/or olive oil, instead of the shortening and soy or palm oils, but that would be my only gripe.

This would be a perfect meal for a brisk fall or winter day when you want something homemade but don’t have the time.  Throw one of these pies in the oven, go do your other tasks around the house, and dinner’s ready!

If you live in the area you can also check the Willow Tree Farm retail store  in Attleboro where they that pies, chicken salad and so much more!  I love their seafood salad and wish I could eat it more often, and they also make an awesome buffalo chicken dip which I ate copious amounts of at a friends house on Superbowl Sunday 🙂

They also have fresh turkeys you can order for the holidays…my “house Thanksgiving” 2 years ago used a Willow Tree bird and it was delicious.

Big thanks to Willow Tree Farm for providing me with the chicken pie!

Disclaimer: I received a coupon for a free chicken pie, but all opinions are always my own.

Do you rely on frozen meals sometimes??  As much as I love cooking everything homemade as often as I can…I also have to be realistic in that I keep my schedule pretty jam packed which leaves very little time for dinner some nights.  However, when I do by frozen foods I always makes sure the ingredient list is good and not filled with crap or chemicals 🙂