Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is the perfect food for baby/wedding showers, light lunches, or picnics at the park! Eat your creamy chicken salad on a croissant, in a salad, or by itself!

It’s the classic side to any shower or get together. This simple recipe has been used in our family for decades and is great with our go-to broccoli salad and pasta salad recipes.

Chicken salad sandwich on a croissant

Grandma’s Easy Chicken Salad

This chicken salad recipe is nostalgic for me! It came from my sweet Grandma. She always used to make a big batch of chicken salad for us when we came to her house. We’d eat it for lunches with fresh fruit and salad. So good!

Every ingredient compliments each other and the mayo dressing is super flavorful. The chicken is tender and well seasoned, and the celery and sliced almonds give it the BEST crunch.

This recipe is really easy to whip up. Just like Grandma, I love mixing up a big batch and eating it on croissants for weekday lunches or serving at get togethers.

How to make chicken salad dressing

How to Make

You’re going to need about 3 cups of chicken for this recipe. Feel free to cook your chicken however you’d like.

CHICKEN. We like to bake the chicken in the oven, but you can also use canned chicken. Sometimes, I even boil my chicken breasts, cut it into cubes, and then season with a little salt and pepper.

DRESSING. Chop the chicken and celery, and set aside while you make the dressing. Whip the whipping cream in a large bowl. Add lemon juice, mayo, salt and pepper and whisk together.

Add in the chicken, celery, parsley and almonds to the mayo dressing. Cover the chicken salad and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. It’s best served chilled.

TIP: There are a few substitutes for the mayo if you’d rather use something else. Low-fat plain greek yogurt, pesto, or sour cream.

INGREDIENT ADD-INS. There are lots of different versions of chicken salad out there. Here are a few additional ingredient add-in options to try:

  • pesto
  • sliced grapes
  • water chestnuts
  • green onions
  • peppers
  • raisins
  • curry powder
  • cranberries
  • chopped apple

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

These sandwiches are popular at showers, family reunions, and other large gatherings because they easily feed a crowd. And it can be made ahead of time!

Here are some of our favorite breads to serve it with:

Chicken salad in a bowl


Can you freeze chicken salad? I do not recommend freezing chicken salad, especially if you’re making it with mayo. It’s best when made fresh. But remember that it will stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days! So definitely make it a few days ahead of time if you need to!

How many does it serve, and how much to make for a crowd? This recipe will serve up to 8 people! Double it or triple it if you’re making it for a larger crowd or party. Here is a party serving guide

  • 8-10 people – 1 batch
  • 16-18 people – 2 batches
  • 24-25 people – 3 batches
  • 32-34 people – 4 batcahes

What to serve with chicken salad? There are tons ways to serve chicken salad. I love it as a sandwich on yummy rolls, sliced bread, or croissants. Fresh fruit or veggies are delicious side dishes on the side of chicken salad sandwiches.

If you want a lower-carb option, try eating it with chopped lettuce as a salad.

Chicken salad sandwich recipe with strawberries on the side

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s definitely one we love to make for showers and get togethers.

For more salads, check out:

Chicken Salad Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Chicken Salad is perfect for light lunches or picnics at the park! Eat your creamy chicken salad on a croissant, in a salad, or by itself!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 413 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 6 chicken breasts, cooked (or 5-6 cups shredded chicken)
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, sliced and halved
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  • Chop chicken into small cubes (or the size you like to have in your chicken salad). Also chop celery and put aside.
  • Make dressing by whipping heavy whipping cream, until thickened. Add lemon juice, mayo, salt and pepper and whisk together.
  • Add chicken, celery, parsley and almonds. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


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  1. 5 stars
    Chicken salad has to be one of my favorites! Everyone always craves it around my house & this recipe was super easy & tasted delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Love chicken salad! I actually like anything you can make ahead. It makes things easier for me. The whipping cream makes this extra special.