Classic Chicken Salad

Classic Chicken Salad is an Awesome combination of chicken, mayonnaise, celery, onion, and seasonings. The flavor and crunch explode in your mouth.

Of all of the chicken salads I have ever eaten, this Classic Chicken Salad is still my favorite. It’s simple yet delicious and is perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or just because you like chicken salad.

There is nothing quite like a chicken salad sandwich with lots of mayonnaise. Be sure to keep this recipe handy for those times when you have company coming over, and you need something special to serve them. This recipe will not disappoint your guest or your family.

Friends coming over to watch the ball game? Need a dish for tailgating? This recipe comes together fast and will feed a crowd. Serve as sandwiches, with crackers, or on a bed of lettuce. I like it any way you serve it! 🙂

To make this recipe easier, pick up a rotisserie chicken, or use some leftover grilled chicken. I prefer to use chicken breast or thighs. You can use canned chicken if you are in a pinch, but it will NOT taste the same.

With this recipe, I did keep the add-ins to a minimum. Personally, I like to add some grapes, dried cranberries, and pecans, but my daughter does not particularly care for these. Since she did ask me to make this chicken salad, I decided I would leave those out for this time. 🙂

Classic Chicken Salad
Classic Chicken Salad

 

Ingredients Needed for Classic Chicken Salad

1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Zatarains’s Creole Seasoning
3 lbs. chicken, boiled, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onion, diced

Dice cooked and cooled chicken. Chop the celery and dice the onion.
In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and seasoning; mix well. Add chicken, celery, and onion; mix gently. Add more mayonnaise if needed, and to meet your liking. Serve with crackers, toasted bagels, as a sandwich, or on a bed of lettuce.

Classic Chicken Salad
Classic Chicken Salad

For more salad options, try my Bacon and Broccoli Salad and Southern Cornbread Salad. Both of these salad recipes are popular and they will not disappoint with their flavors.

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Classic Chicken Salad

Classic Chicken Salad

Gina Abernathy
Classic Chicken Salad is an Awesome combination of chicken, mayonnaise, celery, onion, and seasonings. The flavor and crunch explode in your mouth.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Zatarains Creole Seasoning
  • 3 pounds chicken boiled, chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup onion diced

Instructions
 

  • Dice cooked and cooled chicken. Chop the celery and dice the onion.
  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and seasoning; mix well.
  • Add chicken, celery, and onion; mix gently. Add more mayonnaise if needed, and to meet your liking. Serve with crackers, toasted bagels, as a sandwich, or on a bed of lettuce.

11 Comments

  1. I LOVE chicken salad! Have you ever tried replacing the mayonnaise with plain, non-fat Greek yogurt? I have a chicken salad recipe with yogurt as the base, and it tastes delicious. Light mayo is always a good option as well! I also like the idea of toasted bagels with the chicken salad as an alternative to crackers!!!

    1. Hello! I have not tried the Greek yogurt. I am sure it is tasty. My husband is a mayo fan and not a yogurt fan. He WOULD be able to tell the difference. 🙂 I have tried to sneak this past him before and I was caught! 🙂 I might need to make a small recipe for myself with the yogurt. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Love this chicken salad recipe, Gina! Made a bowl for a friend’s party, and everyone loved it, thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    I love the idea of using Creole seasoning in chicken salad. It gave it a nice kick and it really stood out from all of the other chicken salads I’ve had!

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