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chicken salad on a white plate with a lemon

Chicken Salad Recipe

The best Classic Chicken Salad recipe is flavorful with simple ingredients. Chicken, celery, mayonnaise, green onions, and a little lemon juice make this salad taste like heaven. Feel free to add in whatever you want but this is great just as it is! You can eat this as a sandwich or for a low-carb and Keto friendly version eat it in lettuce wraps or by itself.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 3 cups cooked chicken, diced (I like to use rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and combine well. The salt will need about 30 minutes to dissolve. Add more salt if needed and add pepper to taste. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

  2. Serve on sliced bread or croissants. For a low-carb version serve as lettuce wraps or all alone.

Recipe Notes


You can keep chicken salad in the fridge for 3-5 days.


Chicken Salad is a blank canvas for whatever you want to add in. You can add nuts, fruit, seasonings, or fresh herbs. I love this version of chicken salad plain but you can add in to suit your taste.

  • NUTS - Cashews, sliced almonds, pecans, or walnuts would be a great addition to this salad.
  • FRUIT - Common fruits to add in are sliced grapes, dried cranberries, or diced apples.
  • SEASONINGS - You can add onion powder, garlic powder, Worchestershire, or Season All.
  • FRESH HERBS - Some chopped fresh parsley or dill would be a great addition.