This crowd-pleasing recipe for classic chicken salad is perfect for sandwiches, salads, and snacking. Bits of celery, relish, and fresh herbs add texture and flavor while Dijon mustard and lemon juice add a tangy bite. Enjoy it just as it is, or add nuts or fruits. My favorite way to eat this is on toasted wheat bread with lettuce and tomato alongside a healthy serving of potato chips!


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20 mins
1 hr 20 mins
2 hrs 15 mins
3 hrs 55 mins
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Season chicken evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and onion powder. Place in the prepared baking dish and cover tightly with foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until juices run clear and chicken shreds easily, about 1 hour 20 minutes; don't overcook. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  • Remove from the oven, uncover, and let sit until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Reserve any accumulated chicken broth.

  • Prepare dressing while chicken cools. Combine 1 cup mayonnaise, sour cream, relish, green onions, parsley, Dijon, lemon juice, dill, and remaining salt and pepper in a large bowl; mix until well combined.

  • Break chicken into large pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 3 to 5 times to shred chicken to desired consistency.

  • Transfer chicken to a bowl. Add celery and pour dressing over top; toss to coat. If more moisture is desired, add reserved broth or more mayonnaise.

  • Cover and chill for at least 2 hours (or up to 2 days) before serving. Stir well before serving.

Cook's Note:

Sweet relish could be subbed out for honey, or sugar or dill relish for a less sweet alternative. Lemon juice could be replaced with a splash of vinegar for a more acidic bite!

Nutrition Facts

296 calories; protein 19.6g; carbohydrates 4.4g; fat 22.1g; cholesterol 65.1mg; sodium 456.7mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (1)

Rating: 5 stars
Excellent Recipe !!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Some of the best I've had. Really like the versatility she offers in the article. She takes something average and really boosts it with texture and flavor! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is such a delicious recipe. Easy to make. Simple to add other things too. I made mine exactly as written a day ahead of time and everyone loved it. Read More