Classic Chicken Salad

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Indulge in the simplicity and satisfying flavors of Classic Chicken Salad, a timeless dish that is perfect for a quick and easy meal. With just a few staple ingredients, you can create a delicious and versatile chicken salad that can be enjoyed in various ways.

Why Make This Recipe

This recipe is a go-to option for a light and refreshing meal that can be prepared in no time. Whether you want to enjoy it as a sandwich filling, a topping for salads, or simply on its own, classic chicken salad is a versatile and tasty dish that everyone will love.

How to Make Classic Chicken Salad


  • 2 cups cooked chicken (chopped or shredded)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 rib celery (finely diced)
  • 1 green onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to a medium bowl.
  2. Mix well to combine.
  3. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  4. Serve as a sandwich filling or over a bed of fresh salad greens.

How to Serve Classic Chicken Salad

Enjoy this classic chicken salad on a bed of lettuce, between two slices of bread for a sandwich, stuffed into a pita pocket, or even as a topping for crackers or croissants. It also makes a great addition to a brunch spread or picnic basket.

How to Store Classic Chicken Salad

Store any leftover chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Be sure to give it a quick stir before serving to redistribute the flavors.

Tips to Make Classic Chicken Salad

  • Use rotisserie chicken for a quick and flavorful option.
  • Customize the salad with additional ingredients like grapes, nuts, or avocado for added texture and flavor.
  • Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste preferences, adding more mustard for tanginess or dill for freshness.


For a lighter version of classic chicken salad, you can substitute Greek yogurt for some or all of the mayonnaise. This will reduce the calorie content while still providing a creamy texture.


  1. Can I make this chicken salad ahead of time? Yes, this salad can be prepared ahead and stored in the fridge until ready to serve.
  2. How long will chicken salad last in the refrigerator? It is best to consume chicken salad within 3 days for optimal freshness.
  3. Can I use leftover grilled or roasted chicken in this recipe? Absolutely, leftover cooked chicken is a great option to use in this salad for added flavor.

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