There are two secrets to making a great chicken salad. First, you do not want it to be too dry. Second,
you want different flavors to shine through without being overpowering. The key to moist chicken salad is to use rotisserie chicken. When you are buying a rotisserie chicken for your family to eat for
dinner, pick up an extra one to use for chicken salad. By starting out with juicy chicken, you can use
less mayonnaise. In fact, our recipes use plain Greek yogurt in place of half the mayonnaise, which
adds additional flavor.
To disperse flavor evenly throughout the chicken salad, chop and then shred the chicken. Make sure that everything crunchy in the recipe is chopped into small pieces so you don’t end up with over-sized chunks. If you aren’t sure how much spice you would like to add, start with a little bit, taste and then up the seasoning as needed. The flavorings should complement the chicken, not overpower it.
Try the spiced-up variations of chicken salad below by starting with the basic recipe and adding in
Basic Chicken Salad
Makes 6 servings
2 cups chopped and shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup plain non-fat or low-fat Greek yogurt
¼ tsp. salt
Mix together all ingredients well, then add any of the flavorings below.
Dilly Pickle Chicken Salad
2 spears Kosher dill pickle, chopped
2 TBSP finely chopped onion
1 tsp dill
A few grinds of freshly ground black pepper
This is great served on a roll or scooped up with thin pretzel chips.
Provencal Chicken Salad
1 tsp Herbes de Provence (an herb blend found in most spice sections)
¼ cup sliced almonds
Try this one on some whole-grain French bread with a little Brie.
Apple Curry Chicken Salad
1 small crisp apple, diced
1 tsp curry powder
1 green onion, chopped
Serve this chicken salad with pieces of warm, whole-grain naan bread.
Spicy Mexican Chicken Salad
2-4 tsp jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped fine (add more or less according to taste)
1 tsp chili powder
¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
2 green onions, chopped
This is delicious on a sandwich, topped with avocado slices or with multigrain corn chips.