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Savory Chicken Salad sandwich on a checkerboard paper plate with a celery garnish.
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4.62 from 26 votes

Savory Chicken Salad Recipe

Savory chicken salad recipe, no nuts, no fruit! The best-tasting chicken salad, ever! Not fruity, sweet or nutty, just loaded with celery crunch.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Don't Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups 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 kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  • 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, kosher salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the chicken and celery and stir to combine thoroughly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Notes

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.
It's important to refrigerate this chicken salad for at least 1 hour. This allows time for the flavors to combine.
Lighten It Up - Use light mayonnaise to lower the calories and fat. You can use Greek yogurt but it will change the flavor.
Storing - Place it in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Freezing - We do not recommend freezing this chicken salad. The mayo does not fair well in the freezer.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg