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 chicken salad recipe on hand for last-minute sandwiches, or serve it over a bed of lettuce or with a side of pasta salad and corn on the cob!

A classic chicken salad on a roll with tomatoes and lettuce next to cucumbers.

Ingredients in Chicken Salad

  • ChickenUse leftover chicken from last night’s dinner or rotisserie chicken. Even leftover grilled chicken works well. Canned chicken can be used, but fresh is preferred.
  • Add-insAs this is a classic chicken salad recipe, I’ve kept the additions to a minimum. Celery for crunch, green onions for flavor.
  • DressingMayonnaise and simple seasonings are all that is needed for the dressing in this recipe.

Change the flavor by adding dill or other fresh herbs. and replace some of the mayo for Greek yogurt, ranch dressing, or your add your favorite salad dressing.

How To Prepare Chicken for Chicken Salad

I most often use rotisserie chicken as it’s already cooked and just needs to be shredded or chopped.

You can also bake chicken breasts or thighs. Once cooked, cool the chicken and shred or chop it into bite-sized pieces. Leftover chicken from almost any recipe can be used in chicken salad.

Ingredients for a classic chicken salad recipe in a bowl

How to Make Chicken Salad

Prepare this classic chicken salad recipe in just 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 (according to the recipe below) in a bowl. Toss with chicken.
  3. Serve on rolls, bread or over a bed of lettuce.

This chicken salad sandwich recipe can be served on any bread. We love this on a baguette or rolls. Keep it low carb and serve in romaine lettuce as lettuce wraps or spoon over a tossed salad.

Storing Leftovers

Refrigerator: Store chicken salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Give it a stir and refresh the flavor with fresh herbs or an extra dollop of Dijon mustard.

Freezer: Prepared chicken salad doesn’t freeze well. To prep ahead, dice the chicken and freeze. When ready to make, combine thawed chicken with the remaining ingredients below for a quick lunch!

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A classic chicken salad on a roll with tomatoes and lettuce next to cucumbers.
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Classic Chicken Salad

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!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings


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  • 2 cups cooked chicken chopped or shredded
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 rib celery finely diced chopped
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced (or chives or finely diced red onion)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill optional


  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl. Mix well to combine.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  • Serve as a sandwich or over salad.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 206 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Salad
Cuisine American
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  1. My new go-to! I used to just throw ingredients together for chicken salad but I actually measured everything and it was perfect. I made 2 batches since I had a lot of rotisserie chicken to use up and ran out of dijon. I dislike people who change recipes – how can you say a printed recipe is good if you change half the ingredients?!?! But here I go…. I still wanted that deep tang like dijon and regular yellow mustard wouldn’t do it so I used a 1/2 tsp of ground horseradish. Surprisingly it tasted good! So IF you don’t have dijon you can try this. Thank you for a perfect chicken salad (the first original batch). 5 stars

  2. My wife poo pooed the recipe prior to having it for dinner. I made it and she had two sandwiches!
    This was truly abnormal for her. I heard three or four times how great they were.5 stars

  3. Such a great recipe! I made it exactly as listed and turned out perfect! I made the filling the night before serving and the flavours were perfect the next day.5 stars

  4. This recipe is the only one I use! Have tried so many. This is exactly how chicken salad should taste! AMAZING! I make this chicken salad for my meal prep during the week!5 stars

  5. Exactly what I wanted for chicken salad sandwiches. I used 2 boiled chicken breasts and half fat mayo though and didn’t have any seasoning salt so just used regular salt. Turned out great!!5 stars

  6. This is my go to recipe for chicken salad. Made it many times and it’s super simple and delicious.
    I usually add a teaspoon of Worcestershire and a splash of red wine vinegar or lemon juice for a little extra acidity.
    Just made a batch with a seeded jalapeño and it’s amazing. Can’t wait for it to marinate in the fridge for a few hours and let the flavors come together.5 stars

  7. Made this yesterday and not only was it simply easy to make; it will be one of my go-to recipes, delivering on fantastic taste!!! Love the DILL added, does make a big difference in taste!5 stars

  8. This recipe is really good. The seasoning salt was the perfect addition of flavor. We ate it on pretzel rolls. 5 stars