The BEST Chicken Salad


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Chicken Salad is a simple and easy go-to lunch around here!

This classic chicken salad recipe is really the best! Tender chicken is mixed with the perfect blend of flavors and add ins.  It’s great served on a bed of lettuce, in a sandwich or rolled up in a tortilla for a delicious meal on the go!

This easy recipe makes the perfect sandwich to serve along side a bowl of Chicken Wild Rice Soup or to pile high in 30 Minute Dinner Rolls!

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How to Make Chicken Salad

This is a simple classic chicken salad recipe.  I add mayonnaise, seasonings, celery (or water chestnuts), green onions and almonds. Water chestnuts add a delicious crunch!  I always add a little greek yogurt not only to lighten it up, but it just adds a delicious tangy flavor!

If you’d like, layer up extra toppings like cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes… and build the perfect sandwich with your favorite toppings!

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What Goes into Chicken Salad?

The great thing about chicken salad is that it can be changed up based on what’s in your fridge!  Keep the ratios the same as the recipe below but swap out the add ins and seasonings…

  1. Sliced Grapes, 1/4 cup raisins & 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  2. Dill, chopped pickles & a slice of cheddar cheese
  3. 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder, diced ham & shredded swiss cheese
  4. Cranberries, diced celery and 1/2 cup shredded apple (great on spinach!)

How to Cook Chicken for Chicken Salad

This easy chicken salad can use pretty much any kind of chicken!  My favorite way to prepare chicken for this chicken salad is to make Poached Chicken because it’s so tender and mild.  Rotisserie chicken or leftover roast chicken works perfectly too!

Chicken salad in a small bowl.

How Long Does Chicken Salad Last?

We keep our chicken salad in the refrigerator for 3-5 days (as long as the chicken is fresh the day you make it). Remember to refrigerate any unused portions quickly.

Can you Freeze Chicken Salad?

Sadly, mayonnaise doesn’t freeze well and that’s the base for the dressing in this recipe. If you’d like ready to go chicken salad, I’d suggest finely chopping the chicken and seasonings (water chestnuts freeze well too). Freeze the diced chicken in single serving portions.

When you’d like a salad, just combine the chicken and seasonings with mayonnaise and any extra add ins.

4.2 from 5 votes
Review Recipe

The Best Chicken Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
This easy classic chicken salad recipe is perfect on a bed of lettuce or as a sandwich or wrap!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken leftover or rotisserie work great!
  • 2 scallions finely diced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 red pepper finely diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped water chestnuts or diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds optional
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Instructions

  1. Stir together mayonnaise, greek yogurt, scallions, dijon, lemon juice & salt/pepper.
  2. Toss with remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve on bread, in a wrap or on a bed of lettuce!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 187, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 198mg, Potassium: 187mg, Carbohydrates: 5g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 11g, Vitamin A: 12.4%, Vitamin C: 26.1%, Calcium: 1.9%, Iron: 4.6%

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

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. Holly I made your chicken salad with a few substitutions because of what I have on hand. It’s snowing here so I am nesting! I have hamburger rolls rising on the counter almost ready for the oven, a chicken stew in the fridge from the rest of the chicken I pressure cooked, and your lovely chicken salad. I didn’t have any peppers other than jalapenos so I seeded one and used that in place of the red pepper. I also didn’t have any almonds but I love to put chopped walnuts in my chicken or tuna salad so that’s what I had and used. Finished it all off with salt and white pepper to taste. Thanks!

  2. 1/2 Red pepper….half what?? Guess I’ll just adjust it to taste since that’s what most chicken salad recipes are anyway! It looks great and I can’t wait to try it/tweak it for my tastes. Thanks for the starting point! I was kinda lost past “Chicken and Mayo” other than that I know I want eggs in it, I like halved grapes in mine, and walnuts…wonder if water chestnuts are better than walnuts but I completely agree with liking that little bit of crunch.

  3. YOU MODERATE COMMENTS? THAT’S A FASCIST THING TO DO. YOU DON’T WANT PEOPLE EXPRESSING THEIR GOD GIVEN RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH? HOW FAR DO YOU TAKE IT. YOU UNDOUBTEDLY WON’T POST THIS COMMENT. SINCE I DISLIKE THE RECIPE YOU PROBABLY WONT POST MY LAST COMMENT. I GUESS I’LL WAIT AND SEE. YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SILENCE ME TODAY, BUT YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO SILENCE ME FOREVER.

  4. This chicken salad made me feel like i was taking all the things that make chicken salad good, and replacing them with a bunch of hippie ingredients because hippies use whatever weird shtuff they can find, due to them not having jobs and smelling like patchouli oil all the time. So, yeah, any chicken salad that is even potentially the “Best” chicken salad DOES NOT INCLUDE the following; 1. water chestnuts, 2. Yogurt, and 3. Dijon mustard. These are facts. Best, when concerning food is always taste, not health. I guarantee you this, the best food, whatever it is, is NOT healthy. If you ate the best pasta every day it would be just as bad as eating the best Hamburger or Pizza, or whatever. Once you put yogurt in your chicken salad you are heading down a slippery slope of lacking taste and bland fibery puffcorn cakes. In conclusion, THIS IS BY FAR NOT THE BEST CHICKEN SALAD.

    1. I suppose that’s a matter of opinion and you’re certainly welcome to yours. :) I love this salad and consider it the best.

      While I’m not a hippie, I love crunch so I add celery and when I don’t have celery, water chestnuts are a great option. Yogurt is certainly optional but adds a tang we love, I most certainly don’t add it for the health benefit alongside a bunch of mayo. :)