I’ve been wanting to share my chicken salad recipe with you again. I’m updating this recipe from 2016 because it needed some revisions. I’m making this on Christmas Day for my family, so if you want to make it for New Year’s Day you have the recipe ready to go.
This recipe has tender chicken pieces, sliced red grapes, chopped green onions, chopped celery, finely chopped apples, and dill weed to make it the perfect recipe for everyone.
Here’s the deal, we can buy some chicken salad at the grocery store deli section, Costco, and even Sam’s Club. But it’s not as fresh, and with this recipe we know exactly what we’re eating. You can modify the recipe to suit your family’s tastes, if desired, and everyone will love it.
One thing I forgot to take a picture of was “shredding” the chicken in my Kitchen Aid mixer using the wire whip. You can shred your cooked chicken pieces in minutes, literally, when using this mixer. It’s almost magical, it’s so fast!
We boiled some chicken tenderloins, then let them cool, and placed them in the mixer to shred the chicken pieces into the perfect size and texture for a chicken salad.
What I love about chicken salad is you never know what you’re going to get when someone makes it. It can be ground-cooked chicken, big chicken pieces, and chock full of onions, nuts, craisins, or even raisins.
The sky is the limit when you make this salad. Everyone has their favorite way to make it, and I LOVE hearing how others put theirs together. Please share your add ons, I love learning new ideas.
Items You May Need In Your Kitchen
- Kitchen Aid Mixer (to shred chicken or just chop the chicken with a knife)
- Mixing Bowls
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
Chicken Salad Recipe
Gather the ingredients so you’re ready to make this recipe. Do you love mayo or Miracle Whip when you make your chicken salad?
Combine the cooked shredded chicken, chopped apple, chopped celery, chopped green onion, and sliced red grapes. Mix everything together in a large bowl.
Grab a small mixing bowl, combine the mayo or Miracle Whip with the dill weed, salt, and pepper until thoroughly mixed. I call this the chicken salad “dressing.”
Scoop the “dressing” over the chicken mixture. Stir well.
Serve on a bed of lettuce or on a roll/croissant. We love these sandwiches!
Chicken Salad Recipe
- 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 1 cup chopped apple
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2-3 chopped green onions
- 1 cup sliced red grapes
- 1 cup Mayo or Miracle Whip (I used Mayo)
- 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine the cooked shredded chicken, chopped apple, chopped celery, chopped green onion, and sliced red grapes. Mix everything together in a large bowl. Grab a small mixing bowl, combine the mayo or Miracle Whip with the dill weed, salt, and pepper until thoroughly mixed. Scoop the "dressing" over the chicken mixture. Stir well. Serve on a bed of lettuce or in a roll/croissant.
How long can I store uncooked chicken?
According to the USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, you can store raw chicken in your refrigerator for 1-2 days. It doesn’t matter if the chicken consists of legs, breasts, or a whole chicken, 1-2 days is the maximum time to store raw chicken in the fridge, to be safe.
How do I store this chicken salad?
I store mine in Tupperware-type containers.
Can I freeze it after making it?
I would worry about the mayo, I think fresh is best. You could try it and then see how it turns out.
How long is it safe to store in the refrigerator?
If properly packaged in airtight containers in the refrigerator the chicken salad will be good for 2-3 days.
Can I add nuts to this recipe?
Absolutely, we love this recipe with chopped pecans or slivered almonds! Be sure to alert guests to the nuts in case there is an allergy issue with someone.
What about Craisins or Raisins?
Oh yes, I have made this salad with both of those, and it’s super yummy!
Can I use green grapes?
You can actually use both green and purple or just green. Either way, it’s delicious.
Can I use fresh dill weed?
Now, we’re talking, I love fresh dill! I didn’t have any today, but I use fresh dill a lot. It’s like having a slight dill pickle flavor without the overpowering taste of pickles.
Can I add some leftover chopped bacon?
Well, bacon is always a good add-on in my book! It’s yummy with bacon bits.
Can I use rotisserie chicken?
I admit I was going to pick up some rotisserie chicken from Costco for this salad, but this time of year, it’s hard to find a parking space. So, I opted to use some chicken from my freezer.
Can I substitute yogurt or sour cream for the mayo or Miracle Whip?
That’s why this recipe is so awesome, almost any ingredient listed is interchangeable! Go for it, it works! This is why I love teaching people to cook from scratch, we can cook and mix outside the box, literally.
Can I add other spices or herbs?
I have added sweet basil, and even freshly chopped basil from my garden. Cilantro is another herb that I love to add to it.
Which apples work best?
Whatever apple variety is in season is the perfect apple to use. I have used Pink Lady, Jazz, Fuji, and Honeycrisp, to name a few. As you know, some apples have a more “crisp” texture to them and those are the ones our family likes the best. It also seems like the crisp varieties have a slight “tartness” to the flavor, and we enjoy that aspect too.
In case you missed this post, Apples: Everything You Need To Know
I hope you enjoyed my chicken salad recipe. Let me know what you add to your chicken salad, I love to hear from you. One thing you may also want to try is eating this “salad” as a topping on your favorite crackers. We’ve used Triscuit, Wheat Thins, and others. Give it a try. May God Bless this world, Linda