15 Best Chicken Salad Recipes

These chicken salad recipes all received top ratings from the MyRecipes audience, are flavorful and fast, and a great way to use leftover or rotisserie chicken.

  • Waldorf Chicken Salad
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Pursell

    Waldorf Chicken Salad

    Add chicken and grapes to the classic chopped apple salad to make it a hearty main dish.
  • Avocado Chicken Salad
    Photo: José Picayo

    Avocado Chicken Salad

    Fresh, tasty, and delicious is how this Avocado Chicken Salad is described. Salsa, avocado, and cilantro give this chicken salad its south-of-the-border flavors. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping and added crunch.

  • Creamy Tarragon Chicken Salad
    Photo: José Picayo

    Creamy Tarragon Chicken Salad

    A combo of yogurt and mayo gives a traditional chicken salad more zip. We like the richness of white and dark meat, but you can use all one type. Serve with Steamed Sugar Snap Peas.

  • Curried Chicken Salad

    Curried Chicken Salad

    Spice up a plain chicken salad with curry powder and add grapes for sweetness and chopped walnuts for crunch. Serve the salad in radicchio cups for an elegant presentation.
  • Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans
    Photo: Ben Fink; Styling: Andrea Steinberg

    Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans

    Use both mayonnaise and sour cream to add creaminess to this classic chicken salad. Grapes, pecans and chopped celery all contribute texture, flavor and color to the salad.
  • Chicken and Couscous Salad
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Fonda Shaia

    Chicken and Couscous Salad

    A great way to use leftover chicken, this 20-minute dinner salad uses quick-to-cook couscous and lots of brightly flavored herbs. Serve it with crackers or over a bed of greens.
  • Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins
    Howard L. Puckett

    Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins

    Using grilled herbed chicken adds extra flavor to chicken salad. This chunky main dish salad features chopped apple, celery and raisins, plus a little kick from the curry.
  • Chicken Salad With Grapes and Pecans

    Chicken Salad With Grapes and Pecans

    When you need a traditional Southern chicken salad recipe, this is the one to use. It's full of halved grapes and chopped pecans, and the dressing is a creamy blend of mayonnaise and sour cream. Enjoy it on its own, or serve with crackers.
  • Chicken Salad with Olive Vinaigrette
    Photography: Karry Hosford

    Chicken Salad with Olive Vinaigrette

    Instead of a creamy mayonnaise base, this chicken salad has a citrusy olive oil vinaigrette that you combine with chunks of chicken, kalamata olives, capers, and tender Israeli couscous. It's a great option for picnics or lunch at the office.
  • Chicken Salad in Radicchio Cups
    Photo: Anna Williams

    Chicken Salad in Radicchio Cups

    Combine shredded rotisserie chicken with shredded carrot and sliced scallions, then mix with a light Dijon mustard vinaigrette for a tangy, colorful salad. Serving it in radicchio leaves makes a beautiful presentation.
  • Honey-Chicken Salad

    Honey-Chicken Salad

    In addition to chopped celery and toasted pecans, this salad also has sweetened dried cranberries sprinkled into the chicken mixture. The mayonnaise-and-honey dressing is reminiscent of poppy seed dressing.
  • Chicken Salad

    Chicken Salad

    Add both crunch and color to a chicken salad with chopped red and yellow bell pepper, diced celery, and red onion. Because it's made with shredded chicken, you can easily spoon it onto crackers or sliced of bread.
  • Cha-Cha Chicken Salad
    Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Cha-Cha Chicken Salad

    Impress your guests with this creamy chicken salad that's pressed into a mold and inverted onto a cake stand. Press chopped almonds into the side and surround the chicken salad with fresh herbs and fruit for an over-the-top presentation.
  • Rosemary Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    Randy Mayor

    Rosemary Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Fresh rosemary and smoked almonds set this chicken salad apart from all the others, and rotisserie chicken breasts make it quick and easy.

  • Curried Chicken Salad
    Karry Hosford

    Fruity, Curried Chicken Salad

    Swap your usual chicken salad recipe for this spicy-sweet version flavored with fresh fruit, curry powder, and a hint of honey. Serve on a baguette or with whole-grain crackers for a refreshing–and fast–meal.



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