This is a family favorite. I like to use baked thighs or breasts that have been sprinkled with basil or rosemary.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place almonds in a frying pan. Toast over medium-high heat, shaking frequently. Watch carefully, as they burn easily.

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, and pepper. Toss with chicken, almonds, and celery.

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Nutrition Facts

779 calories; 63.1 g total fat; 126 mg cholesterol; 403 mg sodium. 8.4 g carbohydrates; 44.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
This is great chicken salad. It's simple but with lots of flavor. I make it all the time when it's too hot to cook. I just bake the chicken or boil it in broth then dice it up. I've made it with a variety of different nuts - pecans walnuts - and low-fat mayonnaise. It always tastes wonderful! I highly suggest including the lemon juice it adds a great subtle flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2011
This was pretty good although I left out the celery and added bacon (mmm). Read More
(19)
693 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 455
  • 4 star values: 203
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
This is great chicken salad. It's simple but with lots of flavor. I make it all the time when it's too hot to cook. I just bake the chicken or boil it in broth then dice it up. I've made it with a variety of different nuts - pecans walnuts - and low-fat mayonnaise. It always tastes wonderful! I highly suggest including the lemon juice it adds a great subtle flavor. Read More
(999)
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
This is great chicken salad. It's simple but with lots of flavor. I make it all the time when it's too hot to cook. I just bake the chicken or boil it in broth then dice it up. I've made it with a variety of different nuts - pecans walnuts - and low-fat mayonnaise. It always tastes wonderful! I highly suggest including the lemon juice it adds a great subtle flavor. Read More
(999)
Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2003
Good basic. I added fresh pepper garlic powder onion powder a little dijon and crushed pecans instead of almonds for a richer chicken salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2007
Exactly what the name implies. Great and simple. I didn't use the almonds because we didn't have any. I did add just a little sprinkle of garlic powder and some sweet pickle relish....it was delicious. Thanks for the post. Read More
(690)
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2006
I love this recipe. So does my whole family. It is a great starter recipe. You can make it as is or you can add or take out the things you like or dislike. I love the slivered almonds in mine. I like to cut up some apples and grapes and serve them on the side. That way everyone can eat it the way they like it. I don't put celery in mine but I do add a finely chopped green onion and some sour cream to the mayo. I use half of the mayo and the other half sour cream. It is great!! Thanks for this recipe!! Will make again and again!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2003
This is a great basic recipe. It was a little bland until I added some extra spices like garlic powder and onion powder but I guess that's why it's called "basic." This recipe calls for a LOT of almonds but I love them in chicken salad so I used them all!! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
I don't always have the lemon juice on hand so I omit it. I also toast the almonds in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 which gives them a lot more flavor. We love onions so I also add a small minced onion to the mix. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2009
Delicious chicken salad! I love the nice hint of lemon flavor. I didn't have almonds on hand. I used 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder and 1/4 tsp. each of salt and pepper. I added a little bit of dijon mustard and dried parsley. I used Hellman's light mayo and let this set in the fridge for an hour before serving. Read More
(149)
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2007
This is exactly what I remember growing up with as a child. Exactly how my mom made it. Delicious! With chicken salad the simplest recipes are the best. Don't use FF mayo use light if you absolutely must. Hellman's or Duke's mayo yields the best results. I love Miracle Whip but not in chicken salad. A delicious warm weather meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2003
Quick and easy. I always have cooked chicken cut up and frozen just for this dish. Will use it alot in the summer months. I also like to add a Tablespoon or so of sweet relish to it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2011
This was pretty good although I left out the celery and added bacon (mmm). Read More
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