Classic Chicken Salad Recipe

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Lee Published: March 29, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021
Classic Chicken Salad Recipe

How To Make Classic Chicken Salad

A simple chicken salad dish perfect for lunch or dinner. Just add chicken, diced vegetables, and mayo-based salad dressing to create a flavorful salad.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Poaching Time: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



For the Salad:

  • 1lbchicken breasts,raw boneless, skinless, cut into 2½-inch chunks or 2 to 3 cups cooked chicken meat
  • 2celery stalks,chopped
  • ½red bell pepper,seeded and chopped
  • 6green olives,pitted and minced
  • ¼cupred onion,chopped
  • 1whole apple,cored and chopped
  • iceberg lettuce,sliced and chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 5tbspmayonnaise
  • 1tbspplum preserves,or any sweet berry preserve or a lesser amount of honey
  • 2tsplemon juice,fresh squeezed
  • salt and pepper,to taste


  1. Bring a pot with 2 quarts of well-salted water to a boil. Add the chicken breast and return the water to a simmer.

  2. Then turn off the heat, and cover the pot. Let the chicken sit for 15 minutes or more while you prepare everything else.

  3. Prepare the chicken salad dressing in a large bowl. Mix together the mayonnaise, preserves, and lemon juice. Taste for the proper balance of sweetness and acidity.

  4. Mix in the chopped celery, bell pepper, olives, red onion, and apple.

  5. Remove the chicken from the poaching water and dice it. Mix it in with the dressing and vegetables.

  6. When ready to serve, fold in the sliced and chopped iceberg lettuce.


  • Calories: 383.94kcal
  • Fat: 25.27g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.22g
  • Trans Fat: 0.12g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.30g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 10.71g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.31g
  • Fiber: 2.83g
  • Sugar: 9.42g
  • Protein: 24.71g
  • Cholesterol: 79.61mg
  • Sodium: 646.47mg
  • Calcium: 41.60mg
  • Potassium: 477.13mg
  • Iron: 1.33mg
  • Vitamin A: 68.31µg
  • Vitamin C: 25.10mg
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