Chicken Salad Recipes

Delicious Chicken Salad Recipes for Sandwiches, Lunches, or Simple Dinners

Chicken salad is a quick and nutritious meal that can go in a sandwich, on top of crispy lettuce, served with flour tortillas, or in a pasta salad. There are hundreds of ways of putting a tasty chicken salad to good use, and our collection brings you the most delicious.

Serve them as luncheon salads, on small buns as party appetizers, or as wraps or pita fillings.

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    Basic Chicken Salad

    Basic Chicken Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This recipe is the one to remember. Once you've memorized how to put our basic chicken salad together you can start playing with ingredients, adding more veggies or crunchy fruits, nuts or seeds, to make your own version.

    Our basic salad uses mayo as the base of the dressing, but replace for full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream if you want to skip the eggs. We suggest a dash of cajun seasoning but use cayenne if you like a more straight-forward spicy flavor. Add Siracha or Tabasco, or use cooked sweet onions instead of raw red onion. You name the ingredient, this basic salad can handle whatever you bring.

    Ready and on the table in just 15 minutes. Use it in hot-dog buns served with french fries as a quick weekend lunch for the family, or stuff a whole baguette and slice it in small sandwiches securing them with skewers for a summer gathering.

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    Classic Hot Chicken Salad

    Hot Baked Chicken Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This old fashioned casserole is made with chicken salad ingredients like celery and mayo but baked until crispy for a tempting warm meal. Make it gluten-free by skipping the breadcrumbs.

    The cheddar cheese on top adds chewiness and makes an irresistible meal in just 32 minutes. Use leftover chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken. Mix, bake, and serve with fluffy Moroccan pita bread.

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    Chicken Salad With Herb Mayonnaise

    Chicken Salad With Herb Mayonnaise
    Diana Rattray

    This herby chicken salad takes on extra fresh flavor with roasted chicken breasts and fresh chopped herbs, but rotisserie chicken works well. Roast the chicken breast for 30 to 35 minutes until juicy but safely cooked, and combine with the rest of the ingredients. Parsley, chives and lemon juice give this salad a lively flavor and you can sit down and enjoy it in a total of 45 minutes.

    Serve in lettuce cups, or in sandwich bread with sliced tomato and lettuce. Make deep-fried sweet potato chips for a decadent lunch.

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    Chicken and Rice Salad

    Chicken and Rice Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This lovely chicken and rice salad is an excellent picnic dish because it's a whole meal in itself. Cooked rice and chicken, mayo, veggies, and olives are the fresh flavors and make for a rich texture. If all of your ingredients are cooked before you start assembling this salad, you just need 15 minutes to mix and serve.

    Use it to fill heirloom tomatoes or whole peppers. Serve it on iceberg lettuce leaves, make rice paper rolls wraps, cold flour tortilla sandwiches, or stuff some pitas.

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    Tarragon Chicken Salad

    Tarragon Chicken Salad

    The Spruce Eats / Anita Schecter 

    Fresh tarragon makes this creamy salad a tasty option. The tarragon chicken salad recipe includes a simple way to roast chicken breasts, though you can use leftover or rotisserie chicken as well.

    The chicken is shredded, then mixed with a creamy homemade dressing of mayonnaise and yogurt. Celery, Dijon mustard, lemon, onion, and tarragon ensure it's filled with flavor. Serve it over a bed of salad greens or add it to a sandwich, it's delicious either way.

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    Chicken Salad With Curry

    Chicken Salad With Curry in Mini Pita Pickets
    Diana Rattray

    Our curry chicken salad can be made with any leftover chicken, chicken breasts or deli chicken. It's wonderful in pita pockets with a simple salad on the side but also makes a great meal when mixed with cooked cubed potatoes.

    The curry powder gives it a powerful character but the sweet raisins and mayo tone it down, making a flavorful salad. Add cubed peeled apples for extra crunch, or almonds or pecans. Mix all the ingredients, and if you start with an already cooked chicken, you just need 5 minutes to serve this dish.

    For a variation on this salad, with cranberries and walnuts, check our curried chicken salad

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    Southern-Style Chicken Salad

    Southern-Style Chicken Salad

    The Spruce

    This classic Southern-style chicken salad has a mayo and dill pickle relish dressing that makes it super creamy. Chopped hard-cooked eggs make it very hearty and filling, but if you need to avoid eggs for dietary restrictions skip it and use a combination of full-fat greek yogurt, olive oil, garlic salt, and lemon juice to make your dressing.

    Serve this yummy chicken salad in sandwiches with lettuce, pickle, and tomato slices, or pile it on sliced bread, topping it with crunchy bacon and cheese. Serve it with a kale salad.

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    Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach

    Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach
    Diana Rattray

    This recipe for chicken pasta salad is quite versatile, so you can adapt it to your taste or what you have at hand. Choose a short pasta shape and combine with spinach, veggies, mayo, and mustard for a tangy and flavorful dish. Use kale instead of spinach, or replace the chicken with turkey.

    Chop the veggies while you cook the pasta and sit down to eat in just 20 minutes. Serve it with a simple Spanish green salad.

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    Chicken Salad With Apples and Cranberries

    Chicken salad with apples and cranberries

    The Spruce 

    Chopped walnuts or pecans and chunks of apples and cranberries add crunch and texture to this savory-sweet chicken salad. Curry powder and lemon juice form a tangy mayo-based dressing. Make it lighter by skipping the mayo and using only olive oil as a binder. Grill your chicken and mix with veggies and dressing in 20 minutes of prep and cooking.

    Serve this delicious chicken salad in ciabatta bread as a sandwich, on flour or cauliflower tortillas with sesame seeds on top.

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    Chicken Salad With Walnuts and Grapes

    Chicken Salad With Walnuts and Grapes
    Diana Rattray

    Grapes, walnuts, and chicken come together in a creamy mayo-sour cream dressing. Toss this tasty salad in 20 minutes and serve it on bread, lettuce leaves, or with mixed greens with slices of avocado.

    This simple recipe is a great last-minute lunch if you have leftover chicken or turkey. Add radicchio for a pungent crunch, or use crushed roasted seaweed for a salty and crunchy texture.

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    Grilled Chicken Salad With Portobello Mushrooms

    Grilled Chicken Salad
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    Grilled chicken and portobello mushrooms sit on top of crispy lettuce and Havarti cheese. A dressing of mayo, tarragon, and sour cream perfectly binds this amazing combination, with prep and cooking at just 20 minutes.

    Serve it with a side of BBQ smoked baked potatoes and a fresh soup like Bulgarian cold cucumber soup.

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    Cajun Chicken Salad With Pecans

    Picnic Cajun Chicken Salad
    Terri Pischoff Wuerthner

    Celery, green onions, chopped pecans, fresh parsley, and some Cajun seasoning are mixed with a creamy and spicy mayo-Tabasco-cayenne dressing. For tree nut allergies, don't lose the crunch of the nut but use pepitas or sunflower seeds instead.

    Serve in a soft bun as a hero, or mix it with cooked fingerling potatoes for a filling salad adding olive oil to help it come together. For extra decadence and flavor, add cooked crispy bacon or cubed cured ham. Prep in just 15 minutes.