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Sunny Day Chicken Salad recipe

Sunny Day Chicken Salad recipe

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This is a fabulous use for left over roast chicken; quick and easy to make + very refreshing to eat! The ingredient amounts are general and based on personal preference more than anything


Ayrshire, Scotland, UK

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IngredientsServes: 1

  • 250g of roast chicken (preferably breast), cubed
  • 1 ripe avocado (diced)
  • 1 large or 2 small ripe tomatoes (diced)
  • 30 to 50g of diced cucumber (skin on preferably)
  • 1 palmful of chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • salt, pepper & sunshine!

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:10min

  1. Mix everything into one bowl.
  2. Stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed through the salad.
  3. Salt & Pepper to taste.
  4. Set in the sun for 5 minutes to warm.
  5. Enjoy!

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This recipe was edited by Our Site editors to reflect measurements and ingredients familiar to British and Irish cooks.

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Tzatziki Chicken Salad

Tzatziki Chicken Salad, a creamy chicken salad with grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, olives, coated in refreshing yogurt-dill tzatziki dressing. Carb free, low fat, gluten free, protein-rich and loaded with delicious flavors!

Bring it to potlucks, or treat yourself to a no-carb protein-rich meal, or simply serve for dinner with side of bread. This chicken salad works either way!

This week has been totally Mediterranean food week! Don't you think? We started with Chicken Souvlaki from sunny Greece, added magic of homemade Tzatziki sauce! Today, I'm wrapping up week with this creamy Tzatziki Chicken Salad!

I love sharing a set of recipes which compliment each other. Honestly, this is how I cook at home by planning a menu over the weekend, buying some ingredients fresh and picking some pantry! Like this week, clearly, chicken salad is bonus of cooking chicken kabobs and tzatziki. still it is a complete delicious meal.

This is why I asked you to save some chicken kabobs and tzatziki sauce. If you have those leftovers, this chicken salad comes together under 10 minutes..

If not, no worries! You can actually use any cooked chicken for this recipe. Grilled chicken, roasted chicken, or rotisserie chicken! All will work here!

Star of this salad is - tzatziki sauce. For sauce, I use a cup of leftover tzatziki but you can make a fresh batch in 10 minutes. When I'm not using leftover tzatziki.. I don't mix in grated cucumber in yogurt but chop it and add to salad only. This saves me one step when I'm making this chicken salad from scratch.

To give you complete recipe in on recipe card, I have included the tzatziki sauce dressing recipe in the post again. If you plan to make bigger batch of tzatziki, use the other recipe and reserve one cup for making this salad.

So I say if you planning to make chicken souvlaki this week? Or just in mood to grill some chicken! Save some, then make tzatziki to serve on the side!


Chicken Salad Recipe

The best Classic Chicken Salad recipe is flavorful with simple ingredients. Chicken, celery, mayonnaise, green onions, and a little lemon juice make this salad taste like heaven. Feel free to add in whatever you want but this is great just as it is! You can eat this as a sandwich or for a low-carb and Keto friendly version eat it in lettuce wraps or by itself.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, diced (I like to use rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and combine well. The salt will need about 30 minutes to dissolve. Add more salt if needed and add pepper to taste. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve on sliced bread or croissants. For a low-carb version serve as lettuce wraps or all alone.

Recipe Notes

HOW LONG DOES THIS LAST?

You can keep chicken salad in the fridge for 3-5 days.

POSSIBLE ADD-INS:

Chicken Salad is a blank canvas for whatever you want to add in. You can add nuts, fruit, seasonings, or fresh herbs. I love this version of chicken salad plain but you can add in to suit your taste.

  • NUTS - Cashews, sliced almonds, pecans, or walnuts would be a great addition to this salad.
  • FRUIT - Common fruits to add in are sliced grapes, dried cranberries, or diced apples.
  • SEASONINGS - You can add onion powder, garlic powder, Worchestershire, or Season All.
  • FRESH HERBS - Some chopped fresh parsley or dill would be a great addition.

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posted January 12, 2021 by Christy Denney

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22 comments on &ldquoChicken Salad Recipe&rdquo

Simple, but yummy! Will definitely make again.

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Going to try canned chicken

I have leftover rotisserie chicken and I’m going to make this and your Cordon Bleu casserole this weekend. Living alone with my dog in lockdown, I should have enough chicken for both in half size.

Thank you Jayne. Hope you love them.

Chicken sunlight I needed right now can you bring it to me today living city thank you

I just discovered your site … I’ve been looking for a tasteful chicken salad recipe with the right ratio of ingredients for a while. After many years and contenders, yours is truly the winner, Christy! It was delicious and perfect on a Zingernan’s (Michigan company) croissant. As a teacher, I no longer go to the staff lunchroom due to social distancing requirements so having a lunch to look forward to tomorrow when eating alone (after 23 years of past comaraderie) is a big deal! Thanks so much!

Oh wow! Thank you Kristie! That’s the best compliment I could have.

I took this recipe and twisted it. to my liking.
I used Green peppers instead of celery and Red onion instead of green onions. Both being finely chopped.
Came out fantastic.
I also made half of the recipe in this article (Example – for chicken I did 1.5 cups instead of 3 cups listed in the article).
Great recipe.

I have been lookin for a copycat version of Costco’s chicken salad for years! You have made my week!

Minimal ingredients, easy to put together and it is definitely the best chicken salad ever !! I’ve tossed all my other chicken salad recipes and this one is the only one I use.

Oh that makes me so happy!

Your recipe for chicken salad is so close to mine I couldn’t tell the difference.
From the time I was about ten years old my girlfriends and I would take the bus to downtown Ft. Lauderdale every Saturday to go to the movies, window shop, or explore the town and have lunch. We always went to Walgreens. They had a lunch counter in those days (early 60’s). I always ordered their chicken salad on white toast. It was super simple, (chicken, mayo and celery). Delicious! They served it with a really sour dill pickle spear (like Claussen) and potato chips. Heaven! When I finally learned to cook I was able to duplicate their simple recipe (duh!). I have in recent years added a very small amount of green onion. A few years back I was thinking about club sandwiches, but who needs a third slice of toast? Anyway I got the flavor by adding a couple of slices of crisp bacon. Boy is it ever yummy! Best almost club sandwich you’ll ever have.


Kitchen Cheetahs

This Chicken Salad is superior to the rest, in my humble opinion. It is seasoned perfectly. It's not dry and bland, and it isn't overloaded with mayonnaise either. There is the perfect amount of finely diced celery and onion. The meat stays fresh tasting and the salad stores well.

We like shopping at Costco. My husband and I joke about our regular "Costco Dates". One day, Costco sampled their rotisserie chicken salad and of course we bought some. Our family pretty much inhaled it. Today I went back to Costco for more and they were sold out. However, they did have their 42-ounce packages of their cooked rotisserie white chicken meat for sale. We have tried that before and have really liked it because it does not taste oxidized, like left-over chicken usually does. Ugh - I hate the taste of oxidized meat, and I seem to be one of the very few people who seem to notice it.

I had the idea earlier to duplicate Costco's chicken salad, so now that they were sold out, I decided today was the day. I was really pleased with how my version turned out. We enjoyed the chicken salad on romaine lettuce leaves, topped with avocado and a sprinkling of smoked paprika and fresh ground pepper. On the side was a fresh fruit salad of pineapple, mandarin oranges, sliced bananas, drizzled with raw honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

For an even better fruit salad see this kitchen Cheetah recipe for "Easy Decadent Fruit Salad", our families favorite!

This made a tasty and fast meal and I have lots of chicken salad left over for quick meals later.

I like how this chicken salad is low-carb. Since you control the choice of seasoning, it's easy to make gluten-free too. By the way, Costco's rotisserie chicken is gluten-free and free of MSG.


Tip: Try using our Easy Juicy Roast Chicken Recipe (better than Costco's Rotisserie Chicken) instead of Costco's packaged chicken. It tastes even better and it's less expensive too!


Rotisserie Chicken Salad Recipe:

42 ounces (2 lb 10 oz package) Costco's rotisserie-cooked white chicken meat
2 c. finely diced celery (about 8 to 10 celery ribs)
3/4 c. finely minced sweet onion
1 c. Best Foods mayonnaise
1 t. freshly ground pepper (50 grinds)
1 t. McCormick Season All OR Kitchen Cheetahs Seasoned Salt, to taste

Hand shred the cooked white chicken meat and put in a medium sized mixing bowl.

Add the celery. onion, mayonnaise, and pepper, and a scant 1 t. seasoned salt.

Mix together well. Taste for seasoned salt, and add the rest of the seasoned salt called for, if desired.

Chill or serve immediately.

Use as a filling for lettuce wraps, celery sticks, pitas, or sandwiches. Also great as a side or on top of your favorite green salad.

Tip: You can substitute Costco's rotisserie chicken meat for the "EASY ROAST CHICKEN" recipe on this blog. It just takes more time and planning to make it from scratch.

Tip: To save a ton of time, place the chicken (in 3 separate batches) in a food processor and pulse to shred. Do not over blend or you will end up with a Pâté (oops). I do prefer the texture of the hand shredded chicken over the food processor shredded chicken. It's for you to decide.


Here are photos of the salad making process:


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Love this recipe! I add cashew pieces too for extra crunch!


I’ve made this so many times! It never fails to impress the whole party.

One of my favorites, thank you!


I always make this recipe for work gatherings and everyone always loves it. I make a double batch so I have some leftover at home :) thanks!

In the photo and instructions in the main article it talks and shows chopped pecans but in the print version there are no nuts at all.

Hi Gayle! Thanks so much for pointing that out! I have corrected the printable version :)


I can’t eat onions so I leave them out of mine. I like to use almonds, sliced or slivered and for a different flavor occasionally I add curry powder to the dressing. It is delicious!

Vertically or horizontally… It’s just a matter of perception )

@Anon – You can cut the grapes in whatever direction you like, just don't tell katherine if you cut them horizontally )

should grapes be cut vertically (like Katharine Hepburn suggests) or horizontally before putting them in chicken salad. Katharine Hepburn said that it did not taste right if you cut the grapes horizontally. I read this in one of her books.

LOL Can’t say I’ve ever heard that one!

I hope you like it Nicole, and your family too! It really is delicious :)

Your recipe looks delicious! I'm going to try making it for lunch today. My husband and son are a little nervous – the thought of grapes going in a sandwich sounded a little far reaching for them, but I think they are going to love your recipe!


I think people underestimate the use of fruit with protein, and this recipe is a perfect example. The use of sweet is the perfect addition.

I make my chicken salad with red grapes too…I love it!! I like putting almonds in it too for a nice crunch!

Barbara Henderson Bishop says


I add pecans to mine, never u ginger in mine before.

holy mayo! light is not always that.

That chicken salad looks fantastic Amanda. I Love the addition of ginger! I never thought of adding that! I bet it was fabulous!

looks lovely love the way Americans make Chicken Salad


You are making me hungry! I love chicken salad with grapes!

I've never tried chicken salad with grapes! I'll be brave, though!


This looks so unbelievably delicious. My family always puts red grapes in their chicken salad, so now when I try anyone elses' (without the grapes), there's just no comparison in the taste! I can't wait to try your version…it's a little different than how my family makes it!

The first time I ever had chicken salad with grapes in it was when I was in college. I just didn't know people put grapes in chicken salad. But I realize now, that most people cut the grapes in half when they go in the chicken salad. Not the food service people at Lindsey Wilson College…there were whole grapes in there. I bit down on one, and felt something explode in my mouth. I nearly puked, because I thought it was a bug! I poked around in the chicken salad and found some more grapes, so that made me feel a little better, but I was pretty freaked out about grapes in chicken salad for quite a while afterward.

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Smoked Chicken Salad Recipe

Rub chicken all over with barbecue rub. Fire up smoker or grill to 225°F, adding chunks of smoking wood when at temperature. When wood is ignited and producing smoke, place chicken in smoker or grill, skin side up. Smoke until an instant read thermometer reads 160°F when inserted into thickest part of thigh, 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Remove from smoker and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

While chicken is cooling, mix together mayonnaise, celery, scallions, lemon juice, vinegar, celery seeds, and paprika in a small bowl to make the dressing.

Pull meat from bones and roughly chop. Place meat in a large bowl and pour in dressing. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Tex Mex Chicken Salad

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Tex Mex Chicken Salad is the perfect combination of all your favorite Tex Mex flavors in a yummy satisfying salad.

We’ve enjoyed a few sunny and warmer days here in the Northwest. Now warmer for us is 60 degrees. I know that isn’t as warm as some places but I know it is warmer than others! A little sunshine and warmer temperatures always puts me in the mood for a good salad for dinner.

Today’s salad is a recipe I got from my sister in law. It has been in my pile of recipes for years and I have hung on to because I know it is a good one since it came from my sister in law! I finally decided to put it to the test this week when I need a quick and easy dinner. I was right – it is a good one.

The salad is a combination of romaine and spring mix lettuce topped with black beans, tomatoes, avocados, grated cheese and some tortilla strips. Yum! It comes together so easy and quickly. Perfect for a busy night. You could use leftover chicken or I like to quickly cook my chicken breast in the microwave using this method. You get perfectly moist chicken every time!

This Tex Mex salad has a yummy home made dressing that is made with taco seasoning mix so the salad tastes just like a traditional taco salad but instead of hamburger this one has chicken. A nice change.


Salad recipes from Lil’ Luna:


How to Make the BEST Chicken Salad

Let’s get started!

Place the diced chicken, celery, green onions and grapes in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all remaining ingredients to make the sauce and stir to combine.

Scoop the mayo sauce over the chicken salad and stir to combine, making sure the chicken salad is thoroughly coated with the sauce.


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