Chicken Salad Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 4 reviews

Chicken Salad has a perfect blend of flavors and is made with tender chicken mixed with mayonnaise. It is super easy to make, and ready in ten minutes. It is great in sandwiches and wraps.

This will go excellently with any kind of bread. Try my homemade brioche bread to have all of the elements in this recipe homemade. Also, add some rice and find out how to make the perfect rice here.

Classic Chicken Salad Recipe

Classic Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken salad, unlike its name, this salad is not surrounded by fresh vegetables and dressing. Instead, this dish is encased in creamy and indulgent mayonnaise and other spices. Serve this dish with a green salad so that there can be a mix of fresh and non-fresh items in your meal.

In addition, you can enjoy it the classic way, as a sandwich over some crusty bread. I also recommend serving tea or some kind of fruity drink on the side, because the sweet and the savory contrast works very well. There are so many options to serve this with, but you can never go wrong with a good platter of cheese and fruits or green beans cooked in some butter.

Another great reason to love this dish is the number of combinations that come with it. You can add grapes, raisins, poppy seeds, apples and more. It is up to you whether you want to make it sweet or savory.

This is also a great meal to bring on picnics. Combine it with a Cucumber Salad and then you truly do have the perfect picnic meal. This dish is the perfect welcome to Spring and all of its assets, and great to bring for potlucks as well.

How to cook chicken for chicken salad?

You can use any kind of chicken for this easy recipe! For a healthier option, we go with oven baked breasts, you can find the recipe here. Similarly, you can use shredded chicken made in the Instant Pot

If you are short on time and want to cook frozen meat, here is a quick tutorial on how you could quickly cook frozen meat in the Instant Pot, and then use it for this recipe.

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How long is chicken salad good for?

Store it in the refrigerator and it will be good for up to five days. Otherwise, by leaving this dish on the counter for more than two hours at room temperature discard it immediately.

By having it in there for too long it causes bacteria to grow and it becomes unsafe to eat. Therefore, I strongly recommend to store it in the fridge right away. 

How to make chicken salad with canned chicken?

Start by draining the excess liquid in the can. Once you have finished doing that, place the chicken in a medium-sized skillet and begin to cook it on medium heat. Once cooked through, place it in a bowl to cool. Add all of the ingredients for the dish and then enjoy as you please.

How many calories in chicken salad?

There are approximately 105 calories in this dish. Cut the calories in half by substituting mayonnaise with hummus or avocado.

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How to make grilled and poached chicken salad?

There are several ways to make chicken and all are them work perfectly well. However, I feel that by cooking it in a skillet is the best way, and also the easiest. But if that is not the way you would like to do it, here are some alternative ways to cook your chicken before you add the rest of your ingredients.


Make sure the grill is set to medium heat and put the chicken to cook for five to seven minutes. Flip the breasts over occasionally with tongs and either constantly check them with a knife or with a thermometer that reads 165 degrees.


Place the chicken in a shallow pan. Pour broth into the pan and wait until it boils and reduces the heat and let it simmer for five minutes. Take it off the heat and let it cool for 15 minutes.


Unfortunately, we do not recommend freezing it because mayonnaise does not hold well when frozen, and it will separate when defrosting. However, you could freeze the cooked chicken separately, and when ready to serve, defrost it, and add it to the salad along with the mayo.

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Recipe Tips:

  • This dish is very versatile and can be made with various meat parts. Such as thighs or rotisserie chicken works perfectly well here. 
  • Also, you can add your favorite ingredients. Some of our favorite add-ins are grapes or raisins. 
  • Similarly, you could chop some red onion, bell pepper, and fennel and add to the mix. 
  • To reduce calories, replace the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt, or use fat-free mayonnaise. 
  • Enjoy it on a sandwich or wrap with some chips on the side.
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5 from 4 reviews

Classic Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad has a perfect blend of flavors and is made with tender chicken mixed with mayonnaise. It is super easy to make, and ready in ten minutes. It is great in sandwiches and wraps.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 323 Carbohydrates: 2 Protein: 32 Fat: 19 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 88 Sodium: 229 Potassium: 319 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 1 Vitamin A: 90 Vitamin C: 1.6 Calcium: 49 Iron: 1.2
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Chicken salad is like the most classic lunch ever. And you've made it every way I can think of. Sometimes I crave it, but added with avocados, it's my favorite!


Amy Desrosiers

Chicken salad is one of my favorite meals ever!! I love how easy it is to put together too!


Brianne Tursi Manz

I love a good chicken salad! It goes together quickly, for an easy lunch idea. This is an excellent recipe!



Chicken salad is one of my favorites. I love it with apples and grapes chopped up.


Jody Arsenault

Chicken salad is a classic. Great for the kids' school lunches or a quick lunch idea on a weekend. Yum!


Stefani Tolson

Yum! I am always looking for new recipe ideas with chicken.



This looks so good! I love a good classic chicken salad recipe 



This is definitely a classic recipe and SO GOOD! Perfect for summer.


Ruth I

I never liked the taste of chicken salad that my mom used to make. I think there is something wrong in her recipe. ha! This looks so good. I will try this.


Celebrate Woman Today

I love the versatility of this easy, ready-in-ten-minutes chicken option. Salad or sandwich, and I might add it into the soup as well!



Chicken salad is my go-to at any diner I go to. I never make it good at home, so I will have to give your recipe a try!


Krystel | Frugal Living

I used to love chicken salad. Def want to save this recipe and try it


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