Portable Picnic Chicken

These portable chicken recipes are perfect for summer picnics, family reunions, or dinners on the go.

  • Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    Oxmoor House

    Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    If you don't want to make all eight sandwiches at once, simply keep the chicken salad in the cooler or refrigerator and assemble the sandwiches as desired.
  • Fried Chicken Bites
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Allison R. Banks

    Fried Chicken Bites

    Perfect for a picnic and totally kid friendly, these spicy fried chicken nuggets are great dipped in honey mustard or blue cheese dressing.
  • Chicken Muffuletta
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Chicken Muffuletta

    This light version of the classic New Orleans-style sandwich can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Just wrap the assembled loaves tightly in heavy-duty plastic wrap and refrigerate or keep in a cooler until it’s time to serve.
  • Chicken Salad with Apples, Grapes, and Spicy Pecans
    James Baigrie

    Chicken Salad with Apples, Grapes, and Spicy Pecans

    This sweet, crunchy salad tastes great on its own. It also makes a good sandwich on toasted multigrain bread or in a whole-wheat pita with watercress.
  • Chicken-Arugula Focaccia Sandwiches
    Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Chicken-Arugula Focaccia Sandwiches

    Serve Mediterranean Grilled Chicken for a weeknight dinner and revive the leftovers into this easy-to-pack sandwich. The spices have time to mellow overnight and are fantastic when paired with crisp arugula and rosemary focaccia bread.
  • Chicken Salad with Olive Vinaigrette
    Photography: Karry Hosford

    Chicken Salad with Olive Vinaigrette

    Israeli couscous, tangy vinaigrette, and tender chicken breast come together with minimal effort. For your next picnic, look for a comfortable shady area and bring a colorful blanket to set a relaxed tone for lounging.
  • Spiced Cold Chicken
    Photo: Anna Williams

    Spiced Cold Chicken

    With only 6 ingredients, this recipe comes together in a flash. Since it's served cold, make sure you keep it in the cooler until you're ready to dig in.
  • Asian Chicken Slaw
    Lee Harrelson

    Asian Chicken Slaw

    This low-calorie meal has fresh ethnic flavors and rings in at about 150 calories per serving. Mix, toss and serve for a fast fix or pack for the ideal brown-bag special. The melding of flavors only improves with time in the refrigerator.
  • Chicken-Penne Salad with Green Beans
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Chicken-Penne Salad with Green Beans

    Great for a summer picnic or casual dinner party, this colorful combination will shine at any occasion. Here's a quick tip: Use two forks to shred the chicken breast. The texture of shredded chicken allows it to hold the dressing more easily.
  • Pineapple Chicken Salad Pitas
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Pineapple Chicken Salad Pitas

    Kick up your traditional chicken salad with fresh pineapple, crunchy carrots, and toasted almonds. Stuff the chicken salad in a pita, serve with a side of baked chips and find a shade tree at the park to enjoy.
  • Chicken and Couscous Salad
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Fonda Shaia

    Chicken and Couscous Salad

    Grab your leftover chicken from last night and toss it into this speedy salad. The entire meal is ready in less than 20 minutes and can be served warm or cold.
  • Chicken and Bacon Roll-Ups
    Randy Mayor; Leigh Ann Ross

    Chicken and Bacon Roll-Ups

    Smoky bacon adds a rustic flare while the zesty mayonnaise seals the deal on great taste. This wrap can be on your table or in a lunch box in 15 minutes or less and using a rotisserie chicken will cut down on the prep time.
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