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Basic Chicken Salad Recipe
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Basic Chicken Salad
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  • READY IN 10 mins

Basic Chicken Salad

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"This is a family favorite. I like to use baked thighs or breasts that have been sprinkled with basil or rosemary."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    10 mins


  1. Place almonds in a frying pan. Toast over medium-high heat, shaking frequently. Watch carefully, as they burn easily.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, and pepper. Toss with chicken, almonds, and celery.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 03, 2003

This is great chicken salad. It's simple, but with lots of flavor. I make it all the time when it's too hot to cook. I just bake the chicken or boil it in broth, then dice it up. I've made it with a variety of different nuts - pecans, walnuts - and low-fat mayonnaise. It always tastes wonderful! I highly suggest including the lemon juice, it adds a great subtle flavor.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 07, 2011

This was pretty good, although I left out the celery and added bacon (mmm).

Oct 08, 2003

Good basic. I added fresh pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, a little dijon, and crushed pecans instead of almonds for a richer chicken salad.

Jan 25, 2007

Exactly what the name implies. Great and simple. I didn't use the almonds because we didn't have any. I did add just a little sprinkle of garlic powder and some sweet pickle was delicious. Thanks for the post.

Jul 18, 2006

I love this recipe. So does my whole family. It is a great starter recipe. You can make it as is or you can add or take out the things you like or dislike. I love the slivered almonds in mine. I like to cut up some apples and grapes and serve them on the side. That way everyone can eat it the way they like it. I don't put celery in mine but I do add a finely chopped green onion and some sour cream to the mayo. I use half of the mayo and the other half sour cream. It is great!! Thanks for this recipe!! Will make again and again!!

Jan 22, 2003

This is a great basic recipe. It was a little bland until I added some extra spices like garlic powder and onion powder, but I guess that's why it's called "basic." This recipe calls for a LOT of almonds, but I love them in chicken salad, so I used them all!! Thanks for the recipe.

Jul 24, 2003

I don't always have the lemon juice on hand, so I omit it. I also toast the almonds in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 which gives them a lot more flavor. We love onions so I also add a small minced onion to the mix. Delish!

May 28, 2009

Delicious chicken salad! I love the nice hint of lemon flavor. I didn't have almonds on hand. I used 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp. each of salt and pepper. I added a little bit of dijon mustard and dried parsley. I used Hellman's light mayo and let this set in the fridge for an hour before serving.


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  • Calories
  • 779 kcal
  • 39%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 126 mg
  • 42%
  • Fat
  • 63.1 g
  • 97%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 44.3 g
  • 89%
  • Sodium
  • 403 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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