Chicken Salad

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!

It’s the classic side to serve at 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 served with carrots and strawberries.

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. It was also common for families parties and showers.

Every ingredient compliments each other and the mayo dressing has lots of flavor. 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.

Chopped celery and chicken for chicken salad sandwich.

How to Make chicken salad

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, chopped, rotisserie chicken or shredded 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, until thickened. Add lemon juice, mayo, salt and pepper and whisk together.

CHILL + SERVE. 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, or sour cream.

Mayo dressing in a white bowl.


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

  • pesto
  • fruit: sliced grapes, raisins, dried cranberries, chopped apple
  • other nuts: walnuts, cashews, pecans
  • water chestnuts
  • green onions
  • peppers
  • curry powder
Chicken salad in a bowl.

Serving + SToring

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 of 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 in a lettuce wrap, or even on top of chopped lettuce as a salad.

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:

STORE chicken salad in the fridge for up to 5 days. Make it a few days ahead of time if you need to! I do not recommend freezing chicken salad, it is always better when made fresh!

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 and cubed (rotisserie chicken and shredded chicken work too)
  • 1 ½ cups celery, halved, sliced and chopped
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tsp chopped parsley


  • In a large bowl, add chopped chicken and celery.
  • In another bowl, make dressing by whipping heavy whipping cream, until thickened. Add lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Pour dressing over chicken and celery. Add sliced almonds and mix.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Sprinkle with chopped parsley 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.