Classic Chicken Salad


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Of all the summer salads, a classic chicken salad recipe is always a favorite at a picnic, a barbecue, or an office potluck! Just a few ingredients can be transformed into a cold, creamy salad or filling for a homemade chicken salad sandwich or wrap!

Keep this easy recipe on hand for last-minute sandwich prep when last-minute invitations come up! Serve this summer with a side of Italian pasta salad and crunchy grilled corn on the cob!

Classic chicken salad sandwich on a baguette over tomatoes served with cucumbers.

Ingredients in Chicken Salad

Chicken: 

  • Use leftovers from last night’s dinner or leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken.
  • To Make Chicken for chicken salad I like to use either poached chicken or baked chicken breasts or thighs.
  • You can use canned chicken in a pinch but of course fresh is best when possible.
  • Ensure the chicken is cooled and shred or chop the chicken into bite sized pieces.

Add-ins:

  • As this is a classic chicken salad recipe, I’ve kept the additions to a minimum. Celery for crunch, green onions for flavor.
  • This recipe can be made with a variety of nuts, veggies, and fruit for added flavor and texture.
  • Chicken salad with grapes, avocado or dried cranberries is a favorite. Pecans or almonds pair well with this recipe.

Dressing:

  • Mayonnaise is the base of this recipe and it’s simply seasoned.
  • You can get creative and substitute some of the mayo for ranch dressing or your favorite salad dressing recipe.
  • Create an Avocado Chicken Salad by replacing some of the mayonnaise with mashed avocado.

Ingredients for a classic chicken salad recipe in bowl including chicken, celery, onions and mayonnaise.

How to Make Chicken Salad?

Prepare a classic chicken salad in 15 minutes with only a few simple ingredients.

  1. Chop cooked and cooled chicken and place into a large bowl with celery and onions.
  2. Mix dressing ingredients (per recipe below) in a bowl. Toss with chicken.
  3. Serve on rolls, bread or over a bead of lettuce.

For this chicken salad sandwich recipe, any bread will do, thick slices of a baguette or buns/rolls hold up well. This is naturally low carb and it’s great over a tossed salad as well.

Classic chicken salad with mayonnaise over a roll topped with tomatoes and lettuce

Got Leftovers?

REFRIGERATOR: In an airtight container, the chicken salad will last about a week in the refrigerator. Give it a stir and refresh the flavor with a little salt and pepper (or an extra dollop of Dijon mustard) and serve!

FREEZER: Chicken salad doesn’t freeze well. To prep ahead, simply dice the chicken and freeze. When ready to make, combine it with the ingredients below for a quick lunch!

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Classic Chicken Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Salad
Cuisine American
A classic chicken salad recipe is always a favorite at a picnic, a barbecue, or an office potluck! Just a few ingredients can be transformed into a cold, creamy salad or filling for a homemade chicken salad sandwich or wrap!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 green onion diced (or chives or red onion)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill optional

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Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Serve as a sandwich or over salad.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 194, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 491mg, Potassium: 26mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 93%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 4%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Chicken Salad Sandwich served on a silver plate
Chicken Salad Sandwich served on a silver plate
Chicken Salad Sandwich served on a silver plate is shown in the top photo, while the bottom photo shows the chicken salad ingredients in a silver bowl.

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  1. Love classic chicken salad. No grapes. No nuts. But I’ll tell you – add a handful of grated Parmesan cheese and it will kick things up a notch!