Zesty Chicken Salad Spread Recipe

Chicken salad over fresh tomatoes, close up
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: About 2 Cups (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
174 Calories
10g Fat
8g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 2 Cups (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 174
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 13g
Calcium 33mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whip up a quick spread for appetizers or sandwiches using canned chicken, cream cheese, and ranch dressing. Feel free to substitute chopped rotisserie chicken or albacore tuna for the canned chicken as a change of pace.


  • 3 ounces (small block) cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 (12.5 ounces) can chicken (drained, see Notes)
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion (minced)
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper (minced; jarred are fine)
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • Dash kosher salt
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 to 3 drops liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon chives (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (minced, for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Whisk together cream cheese, ranch dressing, and Dijon mustard until smooth.
  3. Mash chicken with a fork in a medium bowl until it is shredded. Add dressing mixture, sweet onion, roasted red peppers, and relish. Stir to combine. Taste and add salt, pepper, and liquid smoke, if using. Fold in chives. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  4. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight to allow flavors to meld.
  5. Use as a spread on crackers or as a sandwich spread.

Notes: Feel free to substitute chopped rotisserie chicken or albacore tuna for the canned chicken.