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    Simple and quick to make and loaded with fresh flavors, this homemade chicken salad recipe is perfect for quick lunches. Ready to enjoy in minutes, pile it high in your favorite sandwich bread.

    chicken salad sandwiches with chips on a plate

    Simple doesn’t have to mean boring, especially when it comes to this delicious classic chicken salad. A few simple and fresh ingredients and you have one tasty bite on your hands.

    Made with mayonnaise and seasoned with lemon, mustard, and dill, it’s full of tangy flavor. Sliced grapes give it a wonderful freshness and celery and almonds add a great crunchy texture.

    This is a great go too recipe when you want something easy and delicious! It’s also perfect to bring to a potluck or party.

    Be sure to try my Chickpea Salad and Egg Salad too!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Quick and easy: It takes no more than 10 minutes to make a batch of this salad using a few simple ingredients.
    • Healthy: High in protein and low in saturated fat and sodium, this low-carb chicken salad is a great addition to a well-balanced diet.
    • Make ahead: Make up a batch of this salad and enjoy it for easy-to-grab lunches throughout the week.
    classic chicken salad on a piece of bread

    Chicken Salad Ingredients

    • Chicken: Use cooked and diced chicken for this recipe. I like to use rotisserie chicken for ease, or you can quickly cook up a couple of chicken breasts in the oven and shred or dice those.
    • Mayonnaise: For a rich and creamy texture. I prefer to use regular, but you can use low fat if you prefer.
    • Vegetables: Celery ribs and green onion. Different variantions of this salad also suggest you serve it with tomato slices.
    • Lemon juice: Use fresh rather than bottled juice for the best flavor. The lemon juice adds a nice zingy freshness.
    • Mustard: Dijon mustard gives the chicken a nice mild tang. For a milder flavor, you can use yellow mustard or wholegrain.
    • Almonds: Almonds and a great texture. I like to use sliced almonds rather than whole or slivered. You could also use chopped pecans, walnuts, or other nuts.
    • Grapes: Sliced green grapes add a nice sweetness and work so well with the other tangy ingredients. You can use purple grapes if you prefer, or even dried cranberries.
    • Dill: Fresh dill works great in this recipe, but you can use another fresh herb like parsley or cilantro.
    chicken salad ingredients

    How to make chicken salad

    • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix everything together until well combined.
    • Let it chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
    process images of making chicken salad

    How long does it keep?

    Cooked chicken will keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, so depending on when you cooked your chicken, you can easily enjoy this throughout the week. Keep the chicken salad covered in the fridge to keep it fresh. Because this salad also contains mayo, it shouldn’t be left at room temperature for more than two hours.

    Do you have to use mayonnaise?

    Mayonnaise adds a great rich and creamy flavor and helps to blend everything together. If you don’t like mayo, you can make this recipe with sour cream or Greek yogurt, or a mixture of both.

    close up image of chicken salad sandwiches

    Serving Suggestions

    This easy chicken salad recipe is great to serve between two pieces of wholegrain bread for a filling and satisfying lunch. It’s also great to serve in croissants. For a lower-carb bite, serve it in lettuce wraps, or add it to some leafy greens for an easy salad option.

    Add a side of broccoli salad (or your favorite side salad) and chips.

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • You can use shredded or diced chicken in this chicken salad sandwich recipe, whatever your preference is.
    • Use a rotisserie chicken or leftover roasted chicken to save on time.
    • Once mixed, taste for seasoning and adjust to suit your tastes.
    • Once made, keep covered and refrigerated.
    stacked chicken salad sandwiches on a plate

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    Chicken Salad (Sandwich)

    Simple and quick to make and loaded with fresh flavors, this homemade chicken salad recipe is perfect for quick lunches. Ready to enjoy in minutes, pile it high in your favorite sandwich bread.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Servings 6 servings
    Calories 228kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix everything together until well combined.
    • Let it chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
    • Serve on a slice of bread or croissant as a sandwich, or as a salad.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • You can use shredded or diced chicken in this recipe, whatever your preference is.
    • Use a rotisserie chicken or leftover roasted chicken to save on time.
    • Once mixed, taste for seasoning and adjust to suit your tastes.
    • Once made, keep covered and refrigerated.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Salad
    Cuisine American
    Keyword chicken salad with mayo, lemon chicken salad, simple chicken salad recipe
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