Combine first 6 ingredients, tossing well. Stir in mayonnaise; cover and chill. Trim crust from loaf of bread, making bread an even rectangle. Slice bread horizontally into eight 1/3 inch slices. Lightly spread softened butter on one side of each slice. Spread chicken salad evenly over butter on 4 slices; top with remaining slices of bread, buttered side down. Spread cream cheese evenly on top of sandwiches. Slice each large sandwich rectangle into 6 finger sandwiches. Cover with a damp paper towel, then plastic wrap, chill until ready to serve.
Just before serving, garnish tops of sandwiches as desired.
Yield: 2 dozen
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana