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The Best Chicken Salad

Get ready to spice up your lunch with this irresistible chicken salad! Chicken of the wild, sweet wine, crunchy walnuts and a creamy sauce will make your taste buds dance for joy.

The Best Chicken Salad

This chicken salad holds a special place in my heart—it’s one of those comforting, old-time favorites I learned to make years ago. It’s a nostalgic nod to my early cooking days, but the recipe I’m sharing today isn’t my original one. This is my husband’s take on the classic dish, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer. He’s fine-tuned the recipe over time, making it a cherished family favorite that’s always a hit at our table.

Imagine a lunch that hits all the right notes of flavor and texture, balancing the sweetness of red grapes, the savory, tender chicken, and the earthy crunch of walnuts. It’s a symphony of flavor, brought together by a creamy dressing that has just the right tanginess from ground mustard and dill. It’s my go-to recipe when I want a delicious, filling lunch that brings joy to my day. This is more than just a chicken salad, it’s a beloved family recipe that I’m excited to share with all of you.

Pro Tip

To ensure the best flavor, use freshly cooked chicken rather than canned or pre-cooked chicken. The dressing also benefits from chilling time, allowing the flavors to meld together.

  • Chicken: The main protein of your salad. You can use leftover roasted or grilled chicken, or even canned chicken in a pinch.
  • Celery & Onion: These two add a delightful crunch and a bit of bite to the salad.
  • Red Grapes: They bring in a sweet contrast to the savory ingredients, which can make the salad feel more refreshing and balanced.
  • Walnuts: You can substitute with pecans if desired. They add an additional layer of texture and a slightly bitter contrast to the sweetness of the grapes.
  • Salt, Pepper, & Mustard: Basic seasonings to elevate all the flavors. You can adjust to your liking.
  • Dill: This herb adds a unique tanginess that complements the creaminess of the salad.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: It adds a complex, savory, and slightly tangy flavor.
  • Mayonnaise: The binder that holds everything together and adds creaminess. You can substitute with Greek yogurt for a lighter version.
  • Optional Toppings: Lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber slices add freshness and can make your salad feel more like a complete meal if you’re serving it on its own.

I’m going to show you how to whip up my husband’s signature chicken salad – it’s ridiculously easy to make and downright delicious. Trust me, it’s a lunchtime game-changer.

The Best Chicken Salad

This Chicken Salad will turn your lunch from boring to spectacular! It's packed with flavor and are really quick and easy to make. In 10 minutes you can be enjoying this chicken salad in sandwiches, tortilla wraps or even lettuce wraps!
Prep Time 10 days
Total Time 10 days
Course Salad
Cuisine American


  • 1/2  cups cooked chicken (diced)
  • 1/2 cup celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes (halved or quartered)
  • 1 cup walnuts (or pecans, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dill (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise

Optional Toppings

  • cucumber (sliced)
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
Keyword Chicken, salad, The Best Chicken Salad

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