Easy Chicken Salad

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Chicken Salad is a simple and easy go-to lunch around here! A classic chicken salad recipe combines tender chicken 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!

Chicken Salad on a plate with salad

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!  While I often use rotisserie chicken, roast chicken or poached chicken breasts are great options too!

If you have leftovers, they are often seasoned which adds great flavor!

Chicken Salad on a wooden 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.

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Review Recipe

Easy Chicken Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This easy classic chicken salad recipe is perfect on a bed of lettuce or as a sandwich or wrap!


  • 2 cups chicken chopped & cooked, leftover or rotisserie works great!
  • 2 scallions finely diced
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • ½ red pepper finely diced
  • cup water chestnuts chopped, or diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons almonds chopped, optional
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

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  • Stir together mayonnaise, greek yogurt, scallions, dijon, lemon juice & salt/pepper.
  • Toss with remaining ingredients.
  • Serve on bread, in a wrap or on a bed of lettuce!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 187, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 198mg, Potassium: 187mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 620IU, Vitamin C: 21.5mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 0.8mg

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

Keyword chicken salad
Course Lunch
Cuisine American

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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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