Classic Chicken Salad Recipe

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Classic Chicken Salad – Shredded chicken, dill pickles, and crunchy celery smothered in a deliciously creamy dressing. You’ll love how easy this is to throw together for your next picnic or summer party. 

Chicken Salad in a bowl with spoons.

CLASSIC CHICKEN SALAD

Creamy and crunchy Chicken Salad perfectly served on rolls and croissants, or on top of lettuce wraps for a low carb option.

Healthy and filling, a Classic Chicken Salad is not only packed with awesome flavors, but it’s also a Keto-friendly bowl full of protein and fiber. 

This salad can be found in my fridge year round because it serves as a grab-and-go lunch, or an in-between-meals snack. I’ve been having this salad for lunch, like, all week. It’s addictive.

Usually, I just go it alone, savoring bite after bite, and keeping on track with that low carb livin’. 

Salad with chicken, celery, and dill pickles.

HOW TO MAKE A CHICKEN SALAD

Basically, this Classic Chicken Salad is a high pile of deliciousness mixed with a very appropriate creamy dressing that brings everything together. It is a great recipe to serve alongside grilled meats, but also good as a meal prep option. 

  1. First thing I do is either shred these Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts OR pick up a Rotisserie chicken from the market. Then, shred it. 
  2. You will also need to dice up some good old dill pickles and celery sticks. I use about 4 celery sticks and around 1/3 cup diced pickles. Most of the time, I just eyeball it. 
  3. Next, chop up about 3 cups iceberg lettuce and combine all the ingredients in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Stir in some lemon juice, too, and a little lemon zest.
  4. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, and dijon mustard over the salad; mix and stir until thoroughly combined. 
  5. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge until ready to use. 

Dill pickles, shredded chicken, celery, and mayo dressing inside a salad bowl.

WHAT CAN I ADD TO A CHICKEN SALAD

You can always add in other things like;

  • diced carrots
  • green onions
  • almonds
  • or walnuts
  • grapes
  • mandarins, etc…

Then, there’s always my Creamy Dill Chicken Salad that you’ve GOT to try.

Classic Chicken Salad in a salad bowl.

COOK’S NOTES

  • Do not dress chicken when warm because it will absorb a lot of the dressing. Wait for your chicken to cool before using it in the salad. 
  • Finely dice all the veggies (and other add-ins, if using) and keep them at around the same size.  

HOW TO STORE CREAMY CHICKEN SALAD

  • Always store the salad in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

CAN I FREEZE CHICKEN SALAD

  • If you plan to freeze the salad, please do not add in the mayonnaise because it will separate once you defrost it. Instead, I suggest to freeze the salad without the dressing. You can always dress it afterwards.
  • Chicken Salad can stay in the freezer for 3 months.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches.

Don’t you just want to bite into that?! I sure DO! 

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ENJOY!

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Chicken Salad in a bowl with spoons.
Classic Chicken Salad 
Prep Time
10 mins
Refrigeration Time
1 hr
 

Shredded chicken, dill pickles, and crunchy celery smothered in a deliciously creamy dressing.

Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, American/Southern
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 190 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked skinless, boneless chicken breasts, shredded
  • 4 celery ribs, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup finely diced dill pickles
  • 3 to 4 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • sliced green onions, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine prepared chicken, celery, pickles, lettuce, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and lemon zest; stir to combine.
  2. Add sour cream, mayonnaise, and dijon mustard; mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  3. Taste for seasonings and flavors; adjust accordingly.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

  5. Or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  6. Garnish with parsley and green onions; serve.

Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 3

 

NET CARBS: 3 g

 

CAN I FREEZE CHICKEN SALAD

  • If you plan to freeze the salad, please do not add in the mayonnaise because it will separate once you defrost it. Instead, I suggest to freeze the salad without the dressing. You can always dress it afterwards.
  • Chicken Salad can stay in the freezer for 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Chicken Salad 
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 1057mg44%
Potassium 500mg14%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 580IU12%
Vitamin C 4.6mg6%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 Responses
  1. This is my daughter’s favorite thing to pick out from the deli at our local grocery store! She’s going to be thrilled now that I can make this for her; delicious!

  2. April

    Yummm! I love dill pickles in my chicken salad. Instead of sour cream I used nonfat Greek yogurt and it turned out great.

  3. This classic chicken salad recipe looks so perfect for this hot weather. I can’t wait to try it. I am pinning it for later. It is just my type of food and then I saw the jalepeno popper chicken recipe too and that is just my hubby’s type of food. LOL!

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