Classic Chicken Salad

Of all the summer salads, a classic chicken salad recipe is always a favorite at a picnic, a barbecue, or an office potluck! Just a few ingredients can be transformed into a cold, creamy salad or filling for a homemade chicken salad sandwich or wrap!

Keep this easy recipe on hand for last-minute sandwich prep when last-minute invitations come up! Serve this summer with a side of Italian pasta salad and crunchy grilled corn on the cob!

Classic Chicken Salad sandwich on a long roll

Ingredients in Chicken Salad

Use leftovers from last night’s dinner or leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken.
To Make Chicken for chicken salad I like to use either poached chicken or baked chicken breasts or thighs.
You can use canned chicken in a pinch but of course fresh is best when possible.
Ensure the chicken is cooled and shred or chop the chicken into bite sized pieces.


As this is a classic chicken salad recipe, I’ve kept the additions to a minimum. Celery for crunch, green onions for flavor.
This recipe can be made with a variety of nuts, veggies, and fruit for added flavor and texture.
Chicken salad with grapes, avocado or dried cranberries is a favorite. Pecans or almonds pair well with this recipe.

Mayonnaise is the base of this recipe and it’s simply seasoned.
You can get creative and substitute some of the mayo for ranch dressing or your favorite salad dressing recipe.
Create an Avocado Chicken Salad by replacing some of the mayonnaise with mashed avocado.

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