Classic Chicken Salad

Among the various summer salads, the timeless appeal of a traditional chicken salad makes it a perennial favorite at picnics, barbecues, and office potlucks! With just a handful of ingredients, you can effortlessly create a refreshing, creamy salad or a delightful filling for a homemade chicken salad sandwich or wrap.

This simple recipe is a handy go-to for impromptu sandwich preparation when spontaneous invitations arise. Pair it with a side of zesty Italian pasta salad and some crisp grilled corn on the cob for a perfect summer meal!

classic chicken salad recipe

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.

How to Make Chicken Salad?

How to Make Chicken Salad?

Prepare a classic chicken salad in 15 minutes with only a few simple ingredients.

  • Chop cooked and cooled chicken and place into a large bowl with celery and onions.
  • Mix dressing ingredients (per recipe below) in a bowl. Toss with chicken.
  • Serve on rolls, bread or over a bead of lettuce.

For this chicken salad sandwich recipe, any bread will do, thick slices of a baguette or buns/rolls hold up well. This is naturally low carb and it’s great over a tossed salad as well.

Got Leftovers?

REFRIGERATOR: When stored in an airtight container, the chicken salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for approximately a week. Simply give it a gentle stir and revitalize the flavors with a dash of salt and pepper, or perhaps an additional dollop of Dijon mustard, before serving!

FREEZER: Chicken salad is not recommended, but for advance preparation, dice the chicken and store it in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy a quick lunch, thaw the diced chicken and combine it with the ingredients listed below!

Classic Chicken Salad

Best Classic Chicken Salad Recipe

A timeless favorite for picnics, barbecues, and office potlucks, the classic chicken salad recipe never fails to please! With just a handful of ingredients, you can easily create a chilled, creamy salad or a delectable filling for a homemade chicken salad sandwich or wrap!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 cup cooked chicken chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill optional
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 green onion diced (or chives or red onion)
  • pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve as a sandwich or over salad.


Nutrition Information

Calories: 206 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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