My friend Carol is a wonderful cook, and this recipe is a '10.' By far the best chicken salad I have tasted.



Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, salt, poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and lemon juice.

  • In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, celery, green onions, water chestnuts, Swiss cheese, and grapes. Add the mayonnaise mixture, and stir to coat. Chill until serving.

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Nutrition Facts

293 calories; 19.5 g total fat; 60 mg cholesterol; 279 mg sodium. 10.3 g carbohydrates; 19.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (435)

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539 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 387
  • 4 star values: 108
  • 3 star values: 28
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
This is the best chicken salad I ve ever eaten with a couple adjustments. I made it a couple of years ago for a birthday brunch for my mother and people still ask me for the recipe! It s wonderful as is but since I like to throw it together fairly often sometimes I don t always have all the ingredients. I omit the Swiss and the chestnuts sometimes and I do vary the fruit a bit. I like to use red and green grapes just for a little color variation. I ve also added diced green apple with scrumptious results. If you don t like mayo (like me) a nice light variation is to use half Miracle Whip and half sour cream or plain yogurt. There is so much flavor with the fruit and veggies the dressing doesn t need to be so mayo-y. This is amazing just plain or on a toasted bagel or croissant. Once you try this one no other chicken salad will suffice! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
All the ingredients are just right. I would change only the prep by adding the lemon juice pepper onion and garlic powders to the chicken before anything else. Let that soak for 10 minutes then add the rest. In any case great recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this recipe for a baby shower that I hosted and everyone raved about it. I left out the grapes because I was serving it on croissants. The twenty minute prep time is just plain wrong but it was worth the time spent preparing the dish. I will make it again and I have to send the recipe to several people who attended. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This chicken salad was delicious unusual but delicious. Please ignore anyone telling you to cut the poultry seasoning. The dry recipe amounts called for are perfect. The only thing I think you need more off is mayo. Just add it at the end to adjust the salad to your creaminess preference. Other than the mayo I followed the recipe exactly & I have added this to my permanent recipe book. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I liked this recipe with a couple of modifications: The celery and the water chestnuts made this a little too crunchy for me. I will leave out the water chestnuts next time. I'm not sure the cheese is necessary. You could probably cut it in half or drop it all together. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for my daughter's 1st birthday party (we had about 50 adults) and scaled it to 30. So it took a long time to cook the chicken and cut the grapes & chicken but it was well worth it. I shredded the swiss cheese by accident (didn't read the directions) but it was actually better than I think diced would've been. Everyone LOVED it and I sent the recipe to all via email afterwards. I will definitely be adding this to my "party" menu. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We loved this chicken salad. So tasty!!! I did omit the water chestnust and added walnuts like others suggested also used chunky apple sauce instead of the apples that I was going to use because it seemed to dry if you wanted to put it on a sandwich and I didnt want to over load it with more Mayo (my husbands suggestion and right on). Delish!!! The more I make this the more I get asked for the recipe! So yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious. Omitted the swiss and the grapes and added 1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces. All my guests requested the recipe. Used my Pampered Chef food chopper and prep time was much faster. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I am always in search of "The Best" chicken salad recipes since it's my favorite lunchtime meal. This is a 5 star recipe. My husband is yhe food&beverage manager at our local golf and country club. Can't wait for him to try it there! I didn't have water chestnuts poultry seasoning nor grapes. Still it turned out to be wonderful! Read More