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Chicken Salad: the best recipe for the classic sandwich filling

Total time: 15 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

Chicken salad is a much-loved staple dish for picnics, barbecues, or any time you're craving a simple, hearty dish that doesn't call for tons of cooking and prep. Packed with tender pieces of cooked chicken, crunchy celery, and green onions tossed in mayonnaise, each bite is full of creamy, savory deliciousness.

Use chicken salad as a filling for sandwiches or wraps, or mix it into pasta or salad. It's a tasty way to use up leftover chicken and is fabulous served on fluffy sub rolls or ciabatta with a side salad and potato chips for an easy lunch you'll make over and over again.


Tips for Making Classic Chicken Salad

Use leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken to make a chicken salad. Baked or poached chicken is great for this recipe, too.

If you don't have green onions, red onions, shallots, or chives are great substitutes that will add ample flavor to your chicken salad.

Other tasty ingredients to add to your chicken salad include chopped veggies like bell pepper, grilled zucchini, or corn. Nuts, avocado, hard-boiled eggs, and bacon are amazing in chicken salad as well.

Not a fan of mayo? Use Greek yogurt instead. You can also swap it for your favorite salad dressings.

How to Store Chicken Salad

Keep chicken salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


cooked chicken, chopped
2 cups
1/2 cup
celery, chopped
1 stalk
green onion, diced
Dijon mustard
1 tsp
seasoned salt
1/2 tsp
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh dill
1 tsp

How to Make Chicken Salad

Place the cooked chicken in a bowl.

Add the celery, green onion and dill.

Stir in the mustard.

Mix in the mayonnaise. Add seasoned salt and black pepper.

Toss well to combine.

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