Homemade Chicken Salad

A few piquant and crunchy add-ins turn everyday chicken salad into something you would pay hard-earned cash for at a really nice deli or specialty food counter. And it’s awfully pretty, too.  

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This chicken salad is dressed up with radishes, pickles, and olives, but you can skip any or all of the aforementioned and have a perfect simple chicken salad with a creamy and flavorful dressing.  You can start with your own shredded cooked chicken, or this is a perfect way to make an interesting meal out of a rotisserie chicken.

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How to Serve Chicken Salad

Toss a scoop on a green salad, use it to make a sandwich or a wrap, or serve it on crackers.  As for the best bread to make a chicken salad sandwich, personal favorites are a roll (Kaiser, Portuguese, or any deli roll), rye bread, sourdough bread, country white bread.  Toasting your bread adds another satisfying layer of texture and flavor.  Two other really great and special-feeling options: a big old biscuit or a croissant, halved horizontally, and filled with chicken salad is a fine, fine lunch.

How to Make Chicken Salad

In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, olives, cornichons or sweet pickle relish, and salt and pepper. 

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Add the celery, onion and tarragon.

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Stir to combine well.

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Place the chicken in a large serving bowl (truth – you could also just mix the dressing the larger bowl and then add the chicken….that would have been smarter, but it’s not how we shot this recipe!)

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Add the dressing, toss to combine,  and taste and adjust seasonings.  

Stir in the radishes.  

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Basic Chicken Salad

There is something very soothing about a basic chicken salad as well.  Stop before adding the radishes, pickles, and olives and serve just as is. Or remove as much plain chicken salad as you like, and adjust the amount of the remaining ingredients as needed. Exact amounts are really irrelevant here. 

Chicken Salad Variations

Red or green grapes are a sweet, fresh, and wonderful addition. Skip the radishes, cornichons, and olives and fold in 1 ½ cups halved seedless grapes. 

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Storing Chicken Salad

Chicken salad will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, depending on the freshness of the cooked chicken.

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A few flavorful and crunchy add-ins turn everyday chicken salad into something you would pay hard-earned cash for at a really nice deli or specialty food counter.
Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped cornichons or sweet pickles relish
  • ¼ cup chopped pitted black olives , such as Greek or Niçoise
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 3 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
  • 4 medium-size radishes , cut into matchsticks (see Note)

Directions

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, olives, cornichons or sweet pickle relish, and salt and pepper. Add the celery, onion and tarragon and stir to combine well.
  • Place the chicken in a large serving bowl. Add the dressing, toss to combine, and taste and adjust seasonings. Toss in the radishes.

Notes

How to Cut Radishes into Matchsticks

Trim the tops and roots off the radishes and cut each into ⅛-inch-thick slices. Stack up the slices and cut them into ⅛-inch-wide matchsticks. That’s it. If this still seems like too much, just chop them.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1561kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 109g | Fat: 118g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 362mg | Sodium: 2184mg | Potassium: 1369mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 7mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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