Savory Chicken Salad Quick and Easy

Savory Chicken Salad - Not your typical chicken salad recipe. No nuts, no fruit here! The best-tasting chicken salad!

A savory chicken salad is the only chicken salad my family will eat. No fruit, no nuts!

We are not fans of the typically sweet, fruity, nutty chicken salad. Nor do we like boiled eggs and sweet pickle relish in our chicken salad.

So I’ve always just made my own version.

The crunch in our savory chicken salad comes from celery. If you’re not a celery fan then this chicken salad is not for you.

With that said, I am supremely confident if you give this easy chicken salad recipe a whirl.

You won’t be disappointed, and man, it makes a great chicken salad sandwich!

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How To Make A Savory Chicken Salad

Savory Chicken Salad - cooked chicken in a glass mixing bowl

Debone a whole cooked chicken. Store-bought rotisserie chicken is perfect for this chicken salad.

Or make this Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken. You can also poach or roast a couple of chicken breasts.

Savory Chicken Salad - shredded chicken in a glass mixing bowl

I despise shredding meat. The easiest way I’ve found to shred chicken is with an electric mixer.

Savory Chicken Salad - shredded chicken, celery, mayonnaise, and spices in a glass mixing bowl

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, celery, mayo, black pepper, salt, celery salt, dried dill, and dried parsley.

Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.

Savory Chicken Salad in a croissant on a white and red checked plate

Serve on your favorite sandwich bread, crackers or just a bed of lettuce.

If you’re like us and prefer a less sweet chicken salad you are going to love this great recipe.

This makes a perfect chicken salad sandwich and is a great addition to all of your chicken salad recipes.

Savory Chicken Salad in a croissant on a white and red checked plate

UPDATE: Several readers stated this is too salty.

I just made this with 1/2 teaspoon celery salt and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. When I asked my husband what he thought he said: “It needs salt”.

So start with 1/2 the celery salt and kosher salt called for in the recipe and then adjust to your taste.

Also, this recipe uses kosher salt, not table salt. There is a difference. A teaspoon of flaky kosher salt delivers less salty flavor than a teaspoon of table salt, which is more compact.

Savory Chicken Salad Recipe

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5 from 1 vote

Smoked Chicken Salad

A smoked whole chicken is perfect for chicken salad. Deep smokey flavor changes plain chicken salad into something spectacular!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, salad, smoked
Servings: 6
Author: Don’t Sweat The Recipe


  • 3 cups smoked chicken, chopped or minced
  • 3/4 cup celery, diced small
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • In the bowl of a food processor add a mix of breast and thigh meat, pulse a few times until the meat is chopped fine.
  • Measure 3 cups of chopped chicken into a large bowl. Add the finely chopped celery. If desired add 2 or 3 diced green onions.
  • In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, celery salt, dried dill, dried parsley, smoked paprika, and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the chicken and celery and stir to combine thoroughly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

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  1. Reply

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. This would be a great easy recipe for summer.

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Lindsay! I hope you enjoy it.

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      For us onion lovers, I added some fine chopped red onions to this recipe! Adjust amount to your liking. Yummy!5 stars

  2. Reply

    I love chicken salad and this sandwich looks amazing! I will take one to go please.

  3. Reply

    Leigh, I love chicken salad, but for some reason I never make it myself. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Brag About It! Have a super rest of the week!

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      Thank you, Laurie!

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    This is a lovely recipe, Leigh. I like all kinds of chicken salads, but I prefer the ones that are not too sweet so this is perfect for me. Scheduled to pin and will share on the new look Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul.5 stars

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      Thank you, April!

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        My husband and daughter LOVE this recipe! I too cut back on both salts and add some onion because they are onion lovers. This is my go to chicken salad recipe! Thanks.5 stars

  5. Reply

    Yum!! I’m always looking for lunch ideas – this would be perfect 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week! I’ll be featuring your recipe at our next party 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Emily! Looking forward to next week! 🙂

  6. Reply

    I haven’t had a good chicken salad sandwich in a long time. Your recipe is going on my to make list! I’ll be featuring this at this week’s Brag About It Party. Thanks for sharing at the party!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Beverly!

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  8. Reply

    Your Chicken Salad looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen5 stars

  9. Reply

    I made this & love it! But I would use maybe half the amount of salt called for. I’m salt lover and this was too salty.4 stars

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Gloria! We’re so happy you enjoyed the recipe. Salt tip noted. 🙂

    2. Reply

      I agree on the salty issue ! As I was adding the celery salt … I thoughtb. “Uh oh !!!” Would eliminate the Kosher salt next time … Otherwise …GREAT RECIPE … Thanks !

  10. Reply

    I made this yesterday – LOVE IT!! It’s exactly how I like it!!! I didn’t have any celery salt so I left that out and it’s fine. Love it!!! Thank you!5 stars

    1. Reply

      I’m so glad you like it!!!! Thank you so much for coming by to let us know 🙂

  11. Reply

    My recipe is a lot like this one. The difference is instead of dried parsley I use dried basil and I use celery seed instead of celery salt.

  12. Reply

    this is a real chicken salad recipe WITHOUT FRUIT OR NUTS. I will make but with less celery.

  13. Reply

    Loved it!!! So good!!! Thank you!!!

  14. Reply

    About how many sandwiches does this make?

    1. Reply

      Hi, Alyssa! I would say about 4 healthy stuffed sandwiches. Thanks for coming by!

  15. Reply

    This is great. That is my
    Dad’s chicken salad recipe. It is great that you posted it. Sometimes I add a tbsp of minced shallot and or green pepper if I have some around. I think that this is what chicken salad is “supposed” to taste like.👍4 stars

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      We’re glad you liked it, Coena. Thanks!

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      My husband and daughter LOVE this recipe! I too cut back on both salts and add some onion because they are onion lovers. This is my go to chicken salad recipe! Thanks.

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    I have made this 3 times and I love it! Didn’t think I would like it without a sweet factor but the dill and celery salt is perfect. Thanks for sharing and showing me another way.5 stars

    1. Reply

      Hi, Diane. We are so happy to hear you like the recipe! Thank you so much for coming by and sharing with us.

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    I like the recipe very much but I use dill relish in place of dill salt .I actually use twice the amount of celery that you use . I like it real crunchy .Thanks for sharing .

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  20. Reply

    Can you use miracle whip instead of mayo

    1. Reply

      You can but the salad will be more sweet than savory.

  21. Reply

    Hi! How long could you keep this in an airtight container?

    1. Reply

      About 3-5 days.

  22. Reply

    First time I used the celery salt and the kosher salt, and it about knocked us out… all we could taste was salt.. but this time I just used celery seed and kosher salt, (not quite 1/2 tsp) and it was the best chicken salad I have ever put in my mouth!! Hubby approved!

  23. Reply

    Really tasty chicken salad! Just made it for second time! I used 1/2 tsp celery salt and cut back on kosher salt as well. Added basil And a squeeze of fresh lemon.

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    I add a squirt of brown mustard and 2 shakes of worstershire sauce, less salt and it was very good on pumpernickel rolls

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  26. Reply

    I, too, found it much too salty. I made a double batch, using 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and omitted the celery salt, and I still found it too salty. And I’m the one the kids say should cut back on salt consumption! So go easy on the salt if you try this. Otherwise, a good recipe.

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