Copycat Cracker Barrel’s Chicken Salad Recipe

Enjoy your favorite Cracker Barrel flavors in this quick and simple chicken salad recipe. Cracker Barrel’s Caesar Chicken Salad is a Southern favorite. It gives you the choice of mixing in smoky grilled chicken or crispy fried chicken into your salad. Depending on what suits your taste. Their chicken salad also has a wide variety of dressing. We’re giving you all that and more in this recipe!
Our chicken salad is hearty enough to be a refreshing summer meal that’s incredibly tasty and easy to make! It’s a Southern take on the classic Caesar salad. We’re adding a Mediterranean touch of combining avocado and grilled chicken in healthy greens. It can be a tasty side dish or a filling main dish that you can pair with Banana Bread Sticks or Butter Garlic Bread.
In this chicken salad recipe, we’re cooking chicken breasts the way you want. After that, we’re mixing greens, meat, egg, and cheese with your favorite dressing. Given that, it’s a healthy salad recipe that we love making again and again. Try out our tastier and more filling take on the classic chicken salad! You may find your new healthy favorite in this copycat chicken salad recipe.

Copycat Cracker Barrel’s Chicken Salad Recipe

How To Make Copycat Cracker Barrel's Chicken Salad

This quick and simple chicken salad recipe serves a healthy and filling salad with tender and tasty chicken strips, bacon bits, tomatoes, avocado slices, eggs, and feta cheese with creamy and tangy ranch dressing.

Prep: 5 mins
Chill: 30 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 50 mins


  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 3 oz carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 tbsp dill pickle relish
  • 2 tbsp red onions, diced finely
  • ¼ cup carrots, minced finely
  • cup mayonnaise
  • cup sour cream
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 cups, water

To Serve:

  • 2 oz romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese wedges
  • oz tomato, quartered
  • 1 egg, hard-boiled, halved


  1. Cook the chicken breast by submerging in enough water, roughly 5 cups, with carrot chunks and bouillon cubes. Poach for 8 to 10 minutes depending on the amount inside the pot.

  2. Once the chicken turns tender, remove it from the broth, then refrigerate for 30 minutes or until it cools.

  3. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and combine it with the relish, onions, carrots, mayonnaise, and sour cream.

  4. Season to taste with salt and ground pepper. Set aside.

  5. Place 6 ounces of salad on the lettuce leaves and decorate it with cheese, tomatoes, and eggs. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Go the extra mile and make your homemade ranch dressing by combining ½ cup plain or Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp chopped chives, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 tbsp olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.

For your grilled chicken salad, you can make a simple herb Mediterranean dressing to go on top. Mix in 1 tbsp olive oil, ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp each of your preferred herbs, 1 tsp salt, and black pepper to taste.


  • Sugar: 7g
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  • Calcium: 327mg
  • Calories: 1173kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 308mg
  • Fat: 97g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 27g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 39g
  • Potassium: 966mg
  • Protein: 60g
  • Saturated Fat: 26g
  • Sodium: 1540mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 13327IU
  • Vitamin C: 9mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Commonly Asked Questions

What dressings go best with a chicken salad?

Most ranch dressings go perfectly with our chicken salad because of its light and savory taste. But using a salad dressing you prefer could enhance the flavor and you can enjoy it even more! If you have the time and ingredients, you can easily whip up a homemade ranch dressing or Mediterranean herb dressing. Read our Recipes Notes above to know all about it!

Can I use my chicken salad to make a sandwich?

Using your chicken salad to make a sandwich will surely give you a healthy and filling bite! In our recipe, we pretty much have all the ingredients to complete our sandwich. Just shred your chicken pieces to smaller sizes and add more mayo or dressing for a richer and creamier filling. Instead of using 2 tablespoons, use ½ cup of your favorite salad dressing. You can make your own by mixing in ⅔ cups of mayo with ¼ cup of mustard, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, and then salt and pepper. Enjoy your chicken salad sandwich by using your spread to serve on a baguette or your choice of bread.

Can I make this chicken salad ahead?

Don’t worry about wanting to enjoy your salad in the next coming days. You can store your salad and chicken separately. Just reheat your chicken before serving.

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You'll love making this quick and easy chicken salad recipe that will give you a healthy dish and has it all! It has the greens, protein, and flavor that you'll be craving for. The flavors and texture in every bite of this chicken salad are absolutely exquisite! There’s more to love in this tasty and healthy chicken salad recipe. You’ll know what we’re talking about once you try it out!
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