Chicken Salad Recipes

Find our best and tastiest chicken salad recipes, perfect for fancy brunch or for a simple and delicious sandwich.

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Fruity Chicken Salad with Tarragon

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Chicken salad often finds its way to my summer menus, served on greens or a croissant. I think this one is just a little special. It's sweet and juicy from the apples and grapes, a little savory from the tarragon, crunchy from the pecans and celery, and lightened up a bit with some yogurt.

No-Mayo Chicken Salad

You won't even miss the mayonnaise in this classic chicken salad! I like to serve this on a bed of lettuce with a side of sliced tomato for a healthy lunch.

Tropical Curry Chicken Salad

With a hint of curry, tropical fruits, and sweet coconut, this will become the only chicken salad you ever use! Serve on salad greens if desired. You can add bow-tie pasta to make this a pasta salad.

Honey-Sesame Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Salad

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Probably like you, I'm always trying to create new recipe ideas using leftover rotisserie chicken. This one brings leftover lemon pepper rotisserie chicken, that you would buy from your local grocery store, to a whole new level. This slightly sweet and crunchy salad can be served on a bed of romaine lettuce with sliced ripe avocado or on toasted mini sandwich slices (your choice of flavor) as a unique luncheon main course or appetizer for special guests.

Cucumber Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Rating: Unrated
We call this bomb bomb chicken. Adjust the spice level by adjusting the sambal. Perfect for a hot summer day: Cool cucumbers with chilled chicken are topped with a spicy peanut sauce. Great as an appetizer or a cool lunch.

Buffalo Chicken Mason Jar Salads

Excellent use for leftover chicken! This salad adds the pop of the Buffalo sauce with the cool creamy ranch, blue cheese crumbles, and the crunch of the celery and carrot. It's your favorite wing night in a salad, so there's less guilt ... right?

Russian Chicken and Pineapple Salad

This popular Russian salad is often served for special occasions. I like to garnish the salad with pineapple rings, but you can use any kind of canned pineapple.

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Rating: Unrated
This salad is great for parties or family gatherings, and prep is fast. This recipe is easily doubled. Don't worry about leftovers - there are never any left! Serve fresh or chilled on bread or crackers of choice.

Chicken Chow Mein Salad

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Hearty, delicious super-easy green salad reminiscent of traditional chicken chow mein. Add a splash of your favorite Asian dressing and you have a complete meal.

Buffalo Chicken Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Perfect for a summer evening but good any time of the year. Adjust the salad ingredients to your own taste. This is the combination that we prefer.

Chicken Salad with Apples, Grapes, and Walnuts

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I had chicken breasts left over from a BBQ I had and decided to make a chicken salad. I couldn't find a recipe that I liked so I played around and came up with this. It is delicious!

Basic Chicken Salad

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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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Chicken Salad with Bacon and Tomato

"This was a great way to use leftover grilled chicken. I used in wraps and it was a yummy, filling, easy summer dinner!" – Maggie

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Dijon Chicken Salad

Rating: Unrated

This chicken salad is wonderful and easy to prepare. Plus, most of the ingredients you likely have right in your pantry. Serve it on pita halves, croissants, or rolls.