This is the BEST chicken salad recipe that you will ever try. It's SO easy to make and a crowd favorite. Perfect for any occasion!
The BEST Chicken Salad Recipe – Fruity and Delicious!
Cheree' here! Chicken salad screams summertime and it is hot, hot, hot this week in Alabama! So, I'm whipping up our favorite chicken salad recipe today so I don't have to heat up the kitchen. 🙂
My family really likes the flavor of Costco chicken salad, but it tends to lack the texture they enjoy. I played around developing this recipe and focused on adding some crunch.
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I figured out that Costco dressing uses mayonnaise and sour cream to get their flavor. After that, I added in some yummy fruits (apples and red grapes) and nuts for texture and this recipe was born!
Ingredients in Chicken Salad
This recipe is fantastic because I usually have everything on hand to make it. It's super convenient to make spur of the moment, and is great for a crowd of people, too.
For this chicken salad recipe, you'll need cooked chicken, grapes, onion, celery, apples, pecans, mayonnaise, and sour cream. We love using Duke's Mayonnaise. Just simple, easy ingredients!
There are SO many ways you can jazz up your chicken salad. If you've eaten at Chicken Salad Chick before, you know how many variations you can add!
For this recipe these would be some great add ins:
- fuji, granny smith, gala, honey crisp or pink lady apples
- seedless grapes (all colors)
- diced pineapple
- raisins or Craisins (dried cranberries)
- pecans, walnuts, sliced almonds or cashews
- sweet, red or green onions
Soooo many possibilities!
How to Make the BEST Chicken Salad Recipe?
Shred or chop cooled, cooked chicken and place in a large bowl with grapes, onion, celery, apple and pecans.
Mix dressing ingredients together and toss with chicken.
Serve on rolls, bread, crackers or over a bed of lettuce.
So, I'm skipping any serious cooking today, and will be enjoying this cooled off recipe this week. 🙂
How do you cook your chicken?
If you don't want to buy a rotisserie chicken, you could make this Roast Sticky Rotisserie Style Chicken. This does heat up the kitchen a bit, but it's about the best baked chicken I've ever tasted!
You can also just use plain old shredded chicken for this best chicken salad recipe! Throw some chicken breasts in your slow cooker along with salt, pepper and a little poultry seasoning. Cook on low 5-6 hours then shred and cool for about an hour before serving. So easy!
What to eat with this salad?
I love to serve chicken salad on top of a bed of lettuce or a salad. A nice toasted baguette is a wonderful option as well. It just feels kind of fancy like you'd get at a restaurant.
A heaping scoop of this best chicken salad recipe served along with crackers is ALWAYS soooo good too!
How long does chicken salad last?
Chicken salad will last about a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I suggest stirring every few days (ours never lasts that long but it seems like a good idea). Ha!
Can chicken salad be frozen?
Even this best Chicken salad recipe doesn't freeze well so I wouldn't want to chance it. However, you CAN freeze cooked chicken. This will make prep a breeze when you get the hankering for some yummy chicken salad. 🙂
Best Chicken Salad Recipe
- 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 small gala or pink lady apple, diced
- 2 oz pkg pecan pieces
- 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
- In a medium bowl, stir together chicken, grapes, onion, celery, apple and pecan pieces.
- In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and sour cream together; stir into chicken mixture (adding additional mayonnaise and sour cream if needed). Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve on rolls, bread or over a bed of lettuce.
If you like chicken salad, I promise you'll love this Best Chicken Salad recipe. Let us know if you give it a try! ❤️
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