Carol's Chicken Salad Recipe -
Carol's Chicken Salad Recipe
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Carol's Chicken Salad

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"My friend Carol is a wonderful cook, and this recipe is a '10.' By far the best chicken salad I have tasted."

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Original recipe makes 9 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, salt, poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and lemon juice.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, celery, green onions, water chestnuts, Swiss cheese, and grapes. Add the mayonnaise mixture, and stir to coat. Chill until serving.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 30, 2006

This is the best chicken salad I’ve ever eaten with a couple adjustments. I made it a couple of years ago for a birthday brunch for my mother, and people still ask me for the recipe! It’s wonderful as is, but since I like to throw it together fairly often, sometimes I don’t always have all the ingredients. I omit the Swiss and the chestnuts sometimes, and I do vary the fruit a bit. I like to use red and green grapes, just for a little color variation. I’ve also added diced green apple with scrumptious results. If you don’t like mayo (like me) a nice light variation is to use half Miracle Whip and half sour cream or plain yogurt. There is so much flavor with the fruit and veggies, the dressing doesn’t need to be so mayo-y. This is amazing just plain, or on a toasted bagel or croissant. Once you try this one, no other chicken salad will suffice!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 06, 2004

Did not like it at all! The poultry seasoning was way overpowering and thats all I could taste. It was very blah and wouldnt make again.

Aug 17, 2003

All the ingredients are just right. I would change only the prep by adding the lemon juice, pepper, onion and garlic powders to the chicken before anything else. Let that soak for 10 minutes, then add the rest. In any case, great recipe.

Feb 06, 2004

I made this recipe for a baby shower that I hosted, and everyone raved about it. I left out the grapes because I was serving it on croissants. The twenty minute prep time is just plain wrong, but it was worth the time spent preparing the dish. I will make it again, and I have to send the recipe to several people who attended.

Apr 01, 2006

This chicken salad was delicious, unusual but delicious. Please ignore anyone telling you to cut the poultry seasoning. The dry recipe amounts called for are perfect. The only thing I think you need more off is mayo. Just add it at the end to adjust the salad to your creaminess preference. Other than the mayo I followed the recipe exactly & I have added this to my permanent recipe book.

Jan 18, 2003

I liked this recipe with a couple of modifications: The celery and the water chestnuts made this a little too crunchy for me. I will leave out the water chestnuts next time. I'm not sure the cheese is necessary. You could probably cut it in half or drop it all together.

Feb 06, 2004

I made this for my daughter's 1st birthday party (we had about 50 adults) and scaled it to 30. So it took a long time to cook the chicken and cut the grapes & chicken, but it was well worth it. I shredded the swiss cheese by accident (didn't read the directions) but it was actually better than I think diced would've been. Everyone LOVED it and I sent the recipe to all via email afterwards. I will definitely be adding this to my "party" menu.

Sep 25, 2006

We loved this chicken salad. So tasty!!! I did omit the water chestnust and added walnuts like others suggested also used chunky apple sauce instead of the apples that I was going to use because it seemed to dry if you wanted to put it on a sandwich and I didnt want to over load it with more Mayo (my husbands suggestion and right on). Delish!!! The more I make this the more I get asked for the recipe! So yummy!


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  • Calories
  • 293 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 19.5 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 19.4 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 279 mg
  • 11%

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

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