Chicken Salad

chicken salad in bowl

A few weeks ago I wrote about my meal planning and how I stock my fridge in advance to help me stay on a high protein diet. One of the things I spoke about making in advance was chicken salad and probably fifty people emailed asking if I’d share the recipe. So here you go, this chicken salad recipe is directly from my Mama and it’s so yummy!

how to make chicken salad

You can use the canned chicken in this recipe if you’ve got it but Mama always made it with leftover chicken or rotisserie from the grocery store.

mayo and garlic salt

The water chestnuts, and celery add great crunch! You can also add almonds if you want a little more protein!

chicken salad with rotisserie chicken

I make this chicken salad on Sunday and then eat on it all week long. I like it on top of a bed of lettuce or spinach but I’ve also been known to eat it straight out of the bowl!

creamy chicken salad
Chicken Salad
This is my Mama's recipe for chicken salad so you know it's the best one out there! Only a handful of ingredients but SO good!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 rotisserie chicken, skinned and shredded
  2. 3/4 cup mayo
  3. 1/2 cup celery, diced (about 3 stalks)
  4. 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  5. 1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl until evenly incorporated. Give it a taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Serve immediately or store in fridge until ready to serve!
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14 Responses to “Chicken Salad”

  1. Carol Ann Edwards

    To make it even healthier, substitute plain Greek yogurt for the mayo. The plain Greek yogurt gives it a richer taste and is so much more healthier than mayo.

  2. Hillari

    For a change try grapes instead of cranberries. I add apples or pears to mine. Gonna give yours a try sounds good!

  3. Ashley H.

    I made this today and it was so delicious! I used onion instead of water chestnuts. This is going to be a staple in my fridge!

  4. Carla

    Great minds, or cooks!, think a like. LOL This is exactly how I make my chicken salad. I swear by rotisserie chickens for so many recipes. I always grab at least a couple every time I hit our local BJ’s Wholesale. They make great enchiladas too! Add some tex-mex spice and canned or homemade enchilada sauce – roll’em up then line’em up in a casserole dish topped with a bit more sauce and cheese. Dinner on the table in under 30! Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your posts.

  5. Allison

    Just found your site thru the Happy Hour podcast. I fill like I’ve struck a goldmine! Thanks 🙂

  6. Kathy

    My new favorite website! I’m using it as a reward. Get a little work done, read a little Chic stuff. Can’t wait to share with the women friends in my life. Thanks!

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