20 Chicken Salad Recipes You Need NOW!

Every Needs to Try These Chicken Salads at Least ONCE!

Every Sunday night my husband and I use to drive to his grandmother’s house after church.

She’d have chicken salad and croissants waiting for us.

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It was a simple meal, but we loved it!

And I needed to learn how to make chicken salad so I could make it for my family too!

So my hunt for the perfect chicken salad recipe began…

And along the way, I learned a few simple tips to the perfect chicken salad.

Want to know how to make the best chicken salad?

Of course you do!

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Chicken Salad Tips

  • Add grapes, raisins, apples, or craisins to add a sweet and savory flavor.
  • If a recipe uses nuts, be adventurous and experiment with different types! I prefer walnuts or pecans myself!
  • Mayo can be replaced with sour cream and pureed avocado for a healthier twist!
  • Make a chicken salad healthier by using Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

How to Serve Chicken Salad

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I prefer it cold…always!

You can serve it on crackers, on bread for a heart sandwich (we prefer croissants!), or even on top of lettuce and tomatoes for a healthier option.

Chicken salad also tastes great served on top of fresh cucumbers for a fun, finger food!

When to Serve Chicken Salad

What’s the best time to serve chicken salad?

Any casual meal is perfect for serving chicken salad! Parties are even better for a fun chicken salad recipe.

If you’re having a formal party, better save the chicken salad for your next picnic instead of serving for a formal dinner.

Chicken Salad Shortcuts

If you’re short on time, grab rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and make your chicken salad with that!

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Another timesaver is using canned chicken instead of boiling and shredding chicken breasts.

Cook chicken in your slow cooker and use an electric mixer to shred the chicken. This ONE tip has greatly made my chicken salad making days easier and less stressful!

Can I Keep Chicken Salad in The Fridge For Several Days?

Chicken salad can be refrigerated for 3-4 days if it’s wrapped tightly with plastic wrap or kept in an airtight container in the refridgerator.

20 Hearty Chicken Salad Recipes

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Chinese Chicken Salad

This DEE-LISH salad has a fun, Asian flair! Grab the recipe from Boulder Lo Cavore!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Oooh! Add a fun twist to traditional salad by giving it a buffalo sauce and spices flavor! Check out the entire recipe at Every Day Maven. YUM!

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Poppyseed Grilled Chicken Salad

I love adding poppyseeds to almost any recipe! This unique chicken salad recipe is such a fun and tangy twist to the classic chicken salad! See the full recipe at My Joy Filled Life.

Strawberry Spinach Feta Salad

Who new adding strawberry and spinach would make the flavors of chicken salad really pop?! I love the addition of fresh spinach! Grab the refreshing recipe that’s perfect for summer at here!

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Southwestern Chicken Salad

I made this recipe year ago because I fell in love with a restaurant version and had to make it at home! It’s got a touch of spice, a fun dressing and is crazy hearty!

Perfect for an entire meal! See my favorite chicken salad recipe details here!

Taco Chicken Salad with Southwestern Salsa

I never thought about making chicken salad into a taco salad! Can’t wait to try this fun chicken salad idea! Try the recipe here!

Delicious Chicken Pasta Salad

Pasta salad that’s packed with your favorite chicken salad spices!

This recipe from Wonder Mom Wannabe is perfect for your next party!

Grab the entire recipe here!

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Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries

Remember we recommended adding fruit to your chicken salad? This is a fun one that’s extra colorful from the fruit! See the full chicken salad recipe here from Feeding Big.

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Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

I love to share this version of chicken salad with my guests during the holidays! Grab the best recipe for this version from It’s a Keeper!

Chipotle Chicken Salad


Mmmm…..who doesn’t love chipotle? Check out this version of chicken salad with chipotle! Perfect for dipping tortilla chips!

Easy Blue Cheese Chicken Salad

Blue cheese chicken salad is incredibly refreshing for a party! See this chicken salad recipe in detail here!

Copycat Restaurant Chicken Salad

This is my favorite version of chicken salad! It has grapes, celery and walnuts in it…just like my favorite from a famous fast food chain.

Can you guess which fast food restaurant it’s inspired by?

It took me years to perfect this recipe and I can’t wait for you to try it! Here’s the link to my recipe!

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Southwest Chicken Salad Quinoa Bowl

Try adding some quinoa to your chicken salad to create a fun, new recipe! Grab our favorite version of this from Natural Chow!

Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe

You Brew My Tea has a healthy version of chicken salad you need to check out now!

Bacon Ranch Chicken Broccoli Salad

Add broccoli and bacon to a chicken salad recipe and you have completed happiness! Grab this incredible recipe from My Life Cookbook!

Classic Chicken Salad

Here’s a classic, fresh and crunchy version of chicken salad that’s perfect for sandwiches! Visit Spend with Pennies to grab full instructions!

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

I’ve visited Thailand like seven times and I have to say…their peanut dressing is the BEST! Try out a Thai version of Chicken salad from Pinch of Yum and you won’t be disappointed!

Tahini Ranch Avocado Chicken Salad

Tahini is a beautiful thing. Toasted sesame seeds blended with olive oil equals delightful flavors! Add tahini ranch and avocado to chicken salad and you’ve created bliss on a fork! Grab the full recipe here!

Chicken Salad Chinese Style

Try another Far East Twist to chicken salad with this sweet and tangy chicken salad recipe from Confetti and Bliss!

Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

I love me some cilantro!

Try out this creamy cilantro version of chicken salad from Gimme Delicious. It looks SO good!


Here’s a few more salad recipes I think you’ll enjoy!

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