Chicken cold cut

February 18, 2011  •  Category:


I don’t set foot in  fast-food sandwich places. I hate cold cuts. Too salty, no flavor.

That being said, I still love a good club sandwich.

So I made the cold cuts myself. I got the idea from Eric Bernardin, a wine expert from Bordeaux (France) who has strokes of genius. He took a piece of chicken breast, added an egg and some cornstarch and whizzed the lot in the processor with some spices to create his own chicken wrap. He called his dish Wrap révolutionnaire de poulet aux ornithogales, émulsion de yaourt à l’estragon et au citron confit. (Revolutionary wrap of chicken ornithine with tarragon and yogurt emulsion and preserved lemon).

I just made mine into a club sandwich.

INGREDIENTS: Enough for two large sheets, about 10in x 10in

  • 2 breasts fillets of chicken, all visible fat removed (about 7 ounces each or 185 g.)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Spices: salt, pepper, two teaspoons of sumac (substitute paprika or lemon rind), 1 teaspoon of Aleppo pepper (substitute chile powder) and any other spice you feel like using!



  1. Cut the chicken in chunks; place in the bowl of a food processor with the eggs, cornstarch and seasonings. Process for three minutes until the chicken is smooth and pasty.
  2. Place a sheet of silpat or a silicone sheet on a cookie sheet and spread the chicken paste all over with a spatula. Try to keep the layer even and very thin. Cover the chicken paste with parchment paper.
  3. Bake in a preheated 225F oven for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Try not to overcook it as it will be dry and stiff.
  4. Immediately remove the silicone or silpat sheet to cool the chicken and use right away or store, tightly wrapped in some foil, rolled up, in the fridge.

NOTE: You can cut the meat with kitchen scissors in any shape.


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  1. Krista says:

    WOW! I am so impressed, Joumana. 🙂 I didn’t even know you could do such a thing! I’m with you in hating deli meats. They don’t even taste like meat! This sounds fantastic. 🙂

  2. torviewtoronto says:

    never made this looks delicious

  3. Magic of Spice says:

    What a great idea, so much fresher and easy to adjust the flavors to what ever you are in the mood for 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend…

  4. Anita says:

    This is really cool and revolutionary I might add. I will try it since I can’t have any sugar and the best store-bought ones are laced with it. Thank you.. you’re awesome.

  5. Ivy says:

    Home-made cold cuts? This is amazing! At least we will know what we are eating.

  6. sophia says:

    Goodness. This is definitely really impressive…homemade cold cuts!!! I love the use of sumac in there, too!

  7. Mark Wisecarver says:

    I am the same way about this topic and love this post. 🙂

  8. Suman singh says:

    that looks amazing and very innovative too..

  9. pierre says:

    salut joumana
    vraiment révolutionnaire ta recette Bravo !!pierre

  10. Murasaki Shikibu says:

    What a great idea. I just made some focaccia and I wish I had some of this to eat with it. In fact I think I might try making some tomorrow!

  11. Lentil Breakdown says:

    Subway Sandwiches, look out! The Joumana chew-chew train is comin’ to town!

  12. Mary says:

    It took me a minute to figure out what I was looking at, but once that registered I jumped enthusiastically on board. This really is a great idea. Who ever dreamt homemade cold cuts were possible? Certainly not me. Blessings…Mary

  13. Diane says:

    What a brilliant idea, that recipe is on my ‘to do’ list and I am really looking forward to trying it out. Diane

  14. A Canadian Foodie says:

    My GOD!
    This is a stroke of GENIUS! I will be posting some sandwhich meats like this, too – with my Thermomix. Thank you for the brilliant idea. I hate processed foods, but can’t help but love some of the flavours in them… but, I NEVER buy then, either. I certainly buy artisan charcuterie, though – and this certainly fits into that category.
    And what a lovely gift for a person who takes sandwiches to work all of the time!

  15. Brittany says:

    Hi there,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am looking forward to following more of your posts throughout the year. This post is particularly interesting! I’ve never seen instructions for making cold cuts!

  16. Grapefruit says:

    I dislike cold meats for all the reasons you have mentioned. who would have known they can be made at home?! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. Amy says:

    Wow, I never thought I’d find an appetizing recipe that would require me to put CHICKEN in my food processor. Looks like I’ll have to try it…Fascinating!

  18. Dana says:

    I’m not one to stomach deli meats either; what a cool process for the recipe though!

  19. Nuts about food says:

    This is genius, you are a genius! I never would have thought of this! Love it

  20. Chocolatesa says:

    Thank you so much for this idea! I would never have thought of this myself. I’ll definitely have to try it after Lent is over. I’m having so much fun looking through your delicious blog, I love Lebanese food and can’t wait to try your recipes!

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