Chicken salad is a classic lunchtime staple, but too often it falls flat – dry, bland, or swimming in too much mayo. However, when made with the right technique and ingredients, chicken salad can be an absolute flavor explosion, perfect for sandwiches, salads, or simply enjoying on its own.

The key to the ultimate chicken salad is balancing the creaminess of the dressing with bright, fresh flavors and a variety of tasty mix-ins. It’s a delicate dance, but once you nail the right ratio of ingredients, you’ll have a chicken salad that’s truly worth celebrating.

So what makes this the best chicken salad recipe, you ask? Let’s dive into the details.

1. The BEST Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded or diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup halved red grapes
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

Cook the chicken: Poach the chicken breasts in simmering water or chicken broth until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool, then shred or dice the chicken.

Make the dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Assemble the salad: Add the shredded or diced chicken, celery, grapes, almonds, and parsley to the dressing. Stir gently until everything is well-coated.

Chill and serve: Cover the chicken salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Serve on bread, lettuce, or crackers.

Serve this ultimate chicken salad on toasted bread for a classic sandwich, scoop it onto a bed of greens for a light main course salad, or enjoy it simply with crackers or veggie sticks. No matter how you eat it, one thing is for certain – it’s going to be delicious.

So the next time you’re craving a creamy, flavor-packed chicken salad, skip the bland, mayonnaise-heavy version and treat yourself to this truly ultimate recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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