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Easy Chicken Salad

You’re going to love this Easy Chicken Salad recipe. A classic salad recipe made with yogurt, chicken, craisins and with a crunch from sliced almonds!

When it comes to lunch, I’m a big fan of easy chicken salad recipes as well as delicious chicken caesar salads!

Chicken salad on a croissant with a bed of lettuce.

Why this Recipe is Best

Typically a chicken salad is packed with sour cream and/or mayonnaise. I’ve replaced both of those with plain Greek Yogurt. I also added in some heart healthy sliced almonds.

The almonds aren’t just for the health benefits. They add the perfect crunch! A little seasonings, some diced celery and dried cranberries, and you’re well on your way to a delicious lunch or dinner.

This chicken salad recipe has every bit of the flavor of a classic, mayo-packed salad while packing in more nutrients and less saturated fat.

I like to serve my chicken salad on a bed of spring greens. Some people prefer chicken salad in a croissant or on some sliced bread (also delicious). However you choose to serve it, one thing is for certain: The taste is amazing!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make healthy chicken salad.
  • Diced cooked chicken – Using my shredded chicken recipe is such a time saver! Just dice the chicken instead of shredding and you’re good to go. You can also use leftover roasted chicken or grab a cooked rotisserie chicken to make it even quicker.
  • Greek yogurt – Plain unsweetened greek yogurt has the perfect balance of creaminess and tang. If preferred, you can substitute sour cream.
  • Slivered almonds – Walnut pieces or pecans would work as a substitute too. If you need this to be nut free, go ahead and leave them out; the chicken salad will still taste great with crunch from the celery.
  • Seasonings – I use dijon mustard, garlic powder, kosher salt and pepper to enhance all the natural flavors in the chicken salad. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to taste.
  • Craisins– Don’t forget a handful of dried cranberries too for a juicy pop of sweet flavor.
Step by step photos showing how to make chicken salad.

Tips and Tricks

Letting the chicken salad rest in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving helps the flavors to mingle and combine. You can store this chicken salad in an airtight container for about 3 days.

Need more serving ideas? Here are a few more suggestions for how to eat and enjoy this healthy salad!

  • Wraps – Stuff into a tortilla or flat bread.
  • Crackers – Butter crackers or wheat crackers taste delicious with this!
  • Greens – Tossed with mixed greens or romaine.
  • Celery boats – Pile the salad into celery sticks for a crunchy, healthy snack!
  • Open faced sandwich – Pile on to toasted french bread.

There’s no wrong way to eat this amazing chicken salad recipe!

Bowl of chicken salad.

Recipe FAQs

What chicken is best for chicken salad?

For chicken salad, both chicken thigh and chicken breast meat that’s been cooked and diced work perfectly. If using leftover chicken from another recipe, make sure it’s not marinated or overly seasoned with spices that will overpower the chicken salad.

How long does chicken salad keep?

This chicken salad will stay good in the fridge for about 3 days. I like to add a few more almonds on top of my leftovers for even more crunch.

Can chicken salad be made with regular yogurt?

When making chicken salad, regular yogurt will have a more watery consistency than Greek yogurt and less tang, so I don’t recommend it as a substitute here.

Chicken salad served on a bed of lettuce with red grapes on plate.

More Chicken Recipes

  • Chicken Enchiladas
  • Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • Chicken Tostadas
  • Instant Pot Chicken Stroganoff
  • Chicken Cheddar Chaffle Sandwich
Yield: 6 servings

Chicken Salad Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

You're going to love this Easy Chicken Salad recipe. A classic salad recipe made with yogurt, chicken, craisins and with a crunch from sliced almonds!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced, cooked chicken (about 1 lb chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine diced chicken with yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper and celery.
  2. Fold in the dried cranberries and sliced almonds. Refrigerate until ready to use (this allows the flavors to mingle and combine).
  3. Serve on a bed of salad greens or on a sandwich. ENJOY

Notes

  • Letting the chicken salad rest in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving helps the flavors to mingle and combine.
  • You can store this chicken salad in an airtight container for about 3 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 556mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 34g

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Posted on May 7, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. When I make chicken salad I add celery,
    pineapple, apple and grapes to mine along with the nuts. Very yummy. I will try the yogurt next time I make it.

    1. I don’t know the calories for this recipe, but you can plug the ingredients you use into a program like myfitnesspal and calculate it 🙂

    1. Kosher salt is more coarse than a table salt, but you can always use less and add more to taste 🙂

  2. This is how I’ve made my chicken salad for year, minus the dijon mustard. Sometimes I use half yogurt and half mayonnaise and add pineapple tidbits. Delicious!

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