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Classic Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is such a great thing to have on hand when going on picnics, for get-togethers, game day, you name it. It’s a lifesaver. Everyone claims to make the best chicken salad recipe, and they are all right! It’s such a forgiving meal. You can add so many ingredients to your chicken salad recipe for sandwiches and make it different every time!

Classic Chicken Salad

Ingredients in Chicken Salad

For the best chicken salad recipe, you will need:

  • Cooked chicken. I like to use cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts but a great idea is to use leftover rotisserie chicken
  • Mayonnaise. If you are watching your weight, you can use Greek yogurt instead, or half may, half yogurt
  • Celery is a must. It gives the salad freshness and an amazing crunchy texture
  • Green onion. I love the taste of green onions, but you can use red onion, yellow onion, or your favorite type of onion
  • Whole grain mustard. I like my mustard strong, but you can use dijon instead
  • Pickles give the salad a much-needed touch of acidity to counterbalance the creaminess and high-fat content of mayo
  • Capers give it a nice salty, briny flavor, but if you don’t like them, you can omit them
  • Dill is the perfect herb for chicken salad!

Classic Chicken Salad

How do you make chicken salad?

Easy! All you have to do is chop your cooked chicken, place it in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and mix everything together until well combined. It’s that easy!

How to serve a chicken salad?

Chicken salad is the absolute best filling for sandwiches or wraps. It doesn’t have a high moisture content so you don’t have to worry about eating a soggy sandwich! I have to confess I love eating it with chips as well, sort of like a dip.

Do you remember our mothers using chicken salad as a filling for vol-au-vents (puff pastries)? I think it’s a genius idea and it makes the best chicken salad recipe look very glamorous. You can also serve it as a topping for a mixed greens salad.

Got leftovers?

Just place them in an airtight container and into the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze it well for up to 3 months. If you are going to freeze it, I recommend using mayo and not yogurt to dress the salad.

Classic Chicken Salad

Classic Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is such a lifesaver as well as a very nutritious filling for sandwiches and wraps!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 207 kcal


  • 2 cups Cooked chicken, chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt, or half and half)
  • 2 tsp whole grain mustard (or dijon)
  • ¼ cup celery chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dill pickles, chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained
  • 1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined


Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 15gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 48mg
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