We have the best chicken salad recipe and it is simple to make! This is so creamy and delicious. Serve it over lettuce or on croissants for a great meal everyone can enjoy.

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The Best chicken salad recipe

I don’t know about you but I am pretty picky about chicken salad and this is the best chicken salad recipe! It has the perfect blend of chicken, veggies and seasonings.

In the past, I have tried chicken salad that was too runny or had way too much mayo and not enough chicken. Then you have the chicken salad that is just too dry and tastes bland.

Chicken salad really has to be just right. This is a great recipe.

Delicious Chicken Salad Recipe:

Chicken Salad is always a hit during the summertime BBQ, sitting by the pool or at a picnic. With very minimal ingredients you can transfer form cooked chicken in a filling salad.

Thankfully, we have done all the work for you and have the best chicken salad recipe. It has the perfect combinations of everything for an amazing chicken salad!

Our entire family loves this and it is so easy to make.

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How do you make chicken salad from scratch?

It really is easy and much better than any store bought chicken salad you can buy. We love to cook extra chicken so that we can make chicken salad with it the next day. This is a big time saver.

Within 15 minutes you can enjoy this classic chicken salad.

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How much chicken do I need for chicken salad?

This recipe calls for 3 cups and it is the perfect amount. It gives the chicken salad the perfect combination of chicken and mayo and other ingredients.

This chicken salad is the perfect consistency. Not to runny and not to dry, just right.

What sides go well with chicken salad?

We like to keep it simple and serve easy but delicious sides with chicken salad.

  • Pasta Salad
  • Chips
  • Soup
  • Crackers
  • Fruit
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Topping ideas:

You can definitely enjoy the chicken salad as is but I love to add sliced tomatoes and onion to my sandwich. I prefer to have it on a salad rather than a sandwich as I try to watch my carb intake when I can.

This goes great with the chicken salad.

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Let’s make the best Chicken Salad:

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Ingredients for chicken salad:

I love how simple these ingredients are. Most of the ingredients will make at least 2-3 batches of this recipe. This recipe is so budget friendly and taste amazing.

  • cooked chicken breast chopped
  • mayonnaise
  • stalk celery chopped
  • green onion diced (¼ cup red onion diced will work too)
  • dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh dill (optional)
  • croissants if you want sandwiches
  • romaine lettuce leaves (optional)

This all comes together for the best chicken salad recipe. It is so good.

How to make chicken salad:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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It really is that simple to make and so much better than anything store bought. You will save money by making it home.

Serve immediately as a sandwich or over salad. If you are trying to eat low carb, just make a lettuce wrap or serve in a salad.

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Can salad be frozen?

We don’t recommend freezing the chicken salad. But what we do recommend is freezing the cooked chicken. If you have leftover cooked chicken, simply chop up the chicken and put in a freezer back.

Then it is easy to pull out the frozen chicken and let it thaw to follow the steps to make chicken salad.

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How to store simple Chicken Salad:

This chicken salad is so easy for everyone to enjoy. Occasionally we will have leftovers. All you need to do is store in an airtight container for the flavors to enhance.

The chicken salad will last about a week in the refrigerator. Once you are ready to enjoy again, simply give it a stir and your chicken salad is ready to enjoy.

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Try these add-ins to the chicken salad:

There are so many different ways you can enjoy chicken salad. Here are some of our favorite add-ins that we have tried:

  • Dried Cranberries
  • Eggs
  • Pickles
  • Black Olives or Green Olives
  • Green or Red Bell Peppers
  • Red Grapes
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Lemon Juice

Time Saving Tip:

This recipe like many calls for diced red onions. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions. If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them.

They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky. I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.

You can also easily shred chicken with your mixer. This is a definite time saver anytime I need to shred chicken.

This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast

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Give this easy chicken salad sandwich recipe a try!

You are going to love this recipe! It really is so simple. We have used leftover rotisserie chicken or roasted chicken to make this and it was wonderful

I love to top mine with sliced tomatoes and more red onion. I love eating mine ona bed of lettuce. We have added sliced almonds and boiled eggs.

You can substitute greek yogurt and sour cream for the mayo. These chicken salad sandwiches are amazing! We love to make these and go on a picnic. It really is the perfect picnic food and so easy to make.

These are also great for baby showers and you can use the mini croissants for something bite size. The options are endless with this delicious recipe.

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Chicken Salad recipe

4.56 from 9 votes
We have the best chicken salad recipe and it is simple to make! This is so creamy and delicious. Serve it over lettuce or on croissants for a great meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 487
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 2 green onion diced ¼ cup red onion diced will work too
  • 2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill optional
  • 6 croissants if you want sandwiches
  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves optional

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Serve immediately as a sandwich or over salad.
  • You can also store in an airtight container for the flavors to enhance.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 487kcal, Carbohydrates 28g, Protein 10g, Fat 37g, Saturated Fat 11g, Cholesterol 70mg, Sodium 679mg, Potassium 199mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 7g, Vitamin A 2959IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 38mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. One serving is 1/6 of the entire amount. It’s hard to give an extra size as each batch will vary. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This really has become a repeat meal in our house. Sometimes we use tuna to change it up. One time we added craisins. We like making it different every time.