Chicken Salad

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  • 4 cups diced poached chicken, recipe follows
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced or 1/4 cup sweet onion cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon or fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 cup prepared or homemade mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard or regular mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a mixing bowl, toss together the chicken, celery, scallions and herbs. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Add to the chicken and mix gently until combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook’s Note: Serve on a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes, in half an avocado or in a chicken club sandwich made with artisanal bread, crispy smoked bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes and lettuce.


  • 10 sprigs parsley
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 1 small carrot, halved
  • 1 stalk celery, halved
  • 3 pounds chicken breasts halves, on the bone and fat trimmed
  • 5 to 6 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned


  1. Put the parsley, thyme, onion, carrot, celery, and chicken breasts in a medium saucepan. Cover with the broth, and bring just to a boil. Lower the heat to very low and cover. Poach the chicken for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove the pan from the heat, uncover, cool the chicken in the liquid for 30 minutes.
  2. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and reserve the liquid. Bone and skin the chicken and cut the meat into 1 inch cubes. Discard the bones and skin.
  3. Strain the broth and store, covered, in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze for later use. Remove any fat from the surface of the broth before using. Yield: 4 cups cubed chicken or 4 to 6 servings

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by mendhak on Mar 15, 2013

    Im going on a diet but chicken salad is one of my absolute FAVORITE foods so i was wondering if anyone knows any fat free or low fat recipes. oh by the way im cutting down on calories so i dont know if that makes a difference lolz
    lolz actually do you know any good lowfat recipes? im not really picky.

  2. posted by supernerd567 on Mar 16, 2013

    I do not like sweet chicken salad or the kind that has relish in it. I like chunks of chicken salad, but for some reason I can never get it to taste as good as some deli’s.
    I am looking for the chicken salad that you put on a sandwich.

  3. posted by sethburger on Mar 16, 2013

    I love their chicken salad and would like to know a recipe that is exact or something similiar to the taste of it. Thanks.

  4. posted by tjpimpin on Mar 17, 2013

    Im having chicken salad tonight cos im trying to loose a bit of weight (wich i dont really think is going to happen!)
    so id like a dressing/sauce for it.
    I diont really thing id like lemon juice in it though.
    ☻☺Thanks to everyone who gives me a useful answer! ☺☻

  5. posted by HASTHEANSWERS on Mar 17, 2013

    For a birthday party I am serving Chicken Salad on croissants, what should I serve with it instead of chips? I would like it to be more elegant than chips.
    The chicken salad is made with chicken, of course, herb cream cheese, mayo, dried cranberries, green onions, sliced water chestnuts, lemon pepper, hard boiled eggs. Think that is about it from my memory!

  6. posted by RuMKilleR on Mar 18, 2013

    Do you happen to have any different, and I mean really, really different chicken salad recipes. Ten points goes to the most different!


  7. posted by Dom L on Mar 18, 2013

    What’s the best way to prepare uncooked chicken breast if you intend to use it for chicken salad?

  8. posted by Jason M on Mar 19, 2013

    My in-laws are coming for lunch on Saturday and I want to make chicken salad. I usually put grapes or cubed apples in it, but am wondering what else I can put in chicken salad. By the way, raw onions of any kind are out (Mother-in-law doesn’t like), green peppers are out (Father-in-law doesn’t like). They also don’t like any “wierd” flavors, so curried chicken salad is out. They also don’t like anything hot/spicy, including black pepper. HELP!!!

  9. posted by Krazy Bob on Mar 19, 2013

    Everytime I make it mine tastes so plain and I love chicken salad it’s so simple yet mine is so plain. What can I do to make it better?

  10. posted by nick s on Mar 19, 2013

    Lowes food store has a chicken salad in there deli, it is soo good!! and i want to make it for the holidays. it looks like it has poppy seeds in it also, and celery, but i want the recipe so ill get it exact.

  11. posted by Hannah on Mar 19, 2013

    I love chicken salad with fruit and nuts, but by the second day in the fridge the mayo is no longer white and fresh. Is there any way to prevent this or at least lengthen the salad’s shelf life?

  12. posted by Orbit on Mar 20, 2013

    I have 3 boneless chicken breast and want to make chicken salad. I’m feeding 3 people also. Should I take some more chicken out? And what’s a good chicken salad recipe?


  13. posted by Brian on Mar 20, 2013

    HI, my hubby has been stressed out for a while, needs some nice cooking. what is the best chicken salad recipe?

  14. posted by Spider Pc on Mar 20, 2013

    I want to make chicken salad sandwiches for our potluck tomorrow at lunch. I have to take them with me to work. We have a refrigerator at work I can put them in. My plan is to make them tonight, cut the sandwiches into fourths, put them in large Tupperware container. Will they last through the night? Will they get soggy?

  15. posted by Yoshi on Mar 20, 2013

    I have been wanting to make a chicken salad sandwich, but I don’t have the recipe. Anyone out there have one?

  16. posted by superdork on Mar 21, 2013

    First I need to know if it would be safe to chill chicken salad overnight and eat it the next day for a lunch at work. If it is what side dish/dishes would you make to go with it?

  17. posted by Ed D on Mar 21, 2013

    I have never made chicken salad but it looks pretty easy any recipies similar to Togo’s or one with almonds

  18. posted by Miguel M on Mar 21, 2013

    I’m planning a dinner with just a basic light chicken salad (grilled chicken, romain lettuce, cucumber, grape tomatoes and maybe some cheese) as the main dish. what else should I serve with the salad? Like a second dish or something? Seems like for dinner we should have something else besides chicken salad.

  19. posted by dubmecrazy3 on Mar 22, 2013

    I know I maybe need more health food to go along but all I want to know is how many pounds will I lose in 1 month if I only “chicken salad”

    Doing a bit research…
    The chicken salad mentioned has little strings of cheese.
    I don’t eat those cheese unless I accidentally pick them up with my salad.
    Everyday… for lunch.
    And I do eat some other food at home too, but I only eat a little.
    I’m 15.

  20. posted by Brody S on Mar 23, 2013

    I hate chunky chicken salad. do you boil the chicken? And how do I get it all ground up? Similar to canned tuna or finer. I do not like the canned chicken either. What other ingredients should I use besides chicken and mayo?
    For sandwiches

  21. posted by Sergeant Pickle on Mar 23, 2013

    I am looking for a simple chicken salad recipe the one you can put in sandwich or crackers. Without raisins or anything. Just simple
    Also what’s in a simple basic chicken recipe?

  22. posted by Courtney on Mar 23, 2013

    I can’t figure out the recipe! What exactly do they put into the chicken salad? I’ve lived off them practically for two years and am going abroad in a month where there will be no Culver’s!

  23. posted by The Inc on Mar 23, 2013

    I’m having a baby shower with approx. 40 guests. I’m having chicken salad sandwiches. Could anyone tell me how many pounds of chicken salad I would need? Thanks in advance.

  24. posted by Moore, Ron on Mar 23, 2013

    My mother accidentally left my chicken salad sandwich in the car for about 3 hours. It’s a pretty warm day too, around 82 degrees. Is it possible that the chicken salad would spoil that fast?

  25. posted by zaclo on Mar 24, 2013

    I would like a good chicken salad recipe for sandwiches. I like sweet and salty. I really like the chicken salad from Michael’s deli, if this is a chain. I am not really looking for a very difficult recipe or one with lots of ingredients.

  26. posted by Austin on Mar 25, 2013

    I am wanting to serve chicken salad croissants at a baby shower but I am needing ideas of what to serve with them. I like the idea of having a fruit tray and veggie tray but the chicken salad that I make has apples, grapes and celery in it. Would a fruit tray be too much fruit? Any ideas??

  27. posted by Coffee t on Mar 25, 2013

    Ok I’m trying to figure out what I should serve as a side with my curried chicken salad sandwich. The salad itself will have chopped mango, apple, red onion and celery and also raisins and possibly some sorta nut.

    But I was thinking maybe a cucumber salad(non mayo) or fresh fruit and maybe french fries as the sides. There are onion rings and seasoned potato wedges frozen at the restaurant that I work at too that I could possibly serve it with. ?

    What side can you think of that would be good with it?

  28. posted by forahobby on Mar 25, 2013

    A place near my house has an amazing chicken salad with red grapes but without pecans in in. Anyone have a good recipe? They serve it in a crossiant bread sandwich and I just love it. Thanks!

  29. posted by _marky_mark_ on Mar 25, 2013

    How far in a chicken salad would you eat your first piece of chicken i just want 2 know.
    not always is there chicken in every bite some places just give you like 5 pieces of chicken and thats it ok!
    not always is there chicken in every bite some places just give you like 5 pieces of chicken and thats it ok!

  30. posted by Sriram R on Mar 25, 2013

    Curious as to why I would crave deli chicken salad. I know its a fat bomb. I know there are leaner cuts available. Yet I want this.

    Anyone else get why?

  31. posted by Travoiz on Mar 25, 2013

    I had chicken salad for lunch today, and the sauce spilled all over my binder and backpack. It smells weird, and its very strong. What can I do (remember, Im still at school, so I dont have acsess to like bleach and stuff) to get the smell out? Thanks!
    p.s I think it might have peanut oil in it, if that helps at all.

  32. posted by Matthew on Mar 25, 2013

    Anyone know how to make the chinese chicken salad from cheesecake factory? I tried a lot of recipes that are supposed to be copycats from popular restaurants, but they’re not very good.

    If you have the recipe, please dont forget to include how you make the chicken & the dressing from scratch.


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