19+ BEST Chicken Salad Recipes

Whether you’re looking for something on the sweeter side or a recipe that’s more savory, this collection of Chicken Salad Recipes includes it all!

Chicken salad is one of the most iconic sandwiches. It’s great for a light lunch, to serve at baby or bridal showers, or even to top a salad.

And not only that, but it’s super easy to make too! And if you don’t have all of the ingredients on hand, you can generally modify the recipe to use what you do have.

We’ve all had the classic chicken salad with grapes and celery (and I’ve got a great recipe for that!) But it’s time to think outside the box. There are lots of delicious ways to make chicken salad, and they will all blow your mind.

Best Chicken Salad Recipes

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Curry Chicken Salad

A creamy, sweet & savory sauce coats tender bites of chicken in this Curry Chicken Salad. Chunks of crisp apples and celery, chewy raisins, and crunchy cashews are in every bite!
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Chicken Salad Pitas

These easy Chicken Salad Pitas make for a perfect light lunch on a warm day! It takes your usual classic chicken salad recipe up a notch!
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Chicken Salad with Grapes and Walnuts

I've finally made the best chicken salad recipe! With grapes, celery, onions and walnuts, this Classic Chicken Salad recipe is perfect for a light lunch.
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Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe - EASY and Healthy! Avocado pesto chicken salad is the perfect no-cook quick meal. No Mayo! www.savoryexperiments.com

Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad

Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad swaps out the heavy mayonnaise for creamy avocado. Pesto adds flavor and lime juice brightens shredded chicken from precooked rotisserie chicken. 
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Hummus Chicken Salad Wraps

With only a handful of ingredients, you can have these Hummus Chicken Salad Wraps ready in no time!
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Apricot Tarragon Chicken Salad

This Apricot Tarragon Chicken Salad makes for the perfect summer lunch!
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Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad

Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad Sandwiches with a creamy garlic hummus spread – pack them for lunch or have them ready for dinner when you know you won’t have time to cook.
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Strawberry Chicken Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad is light and fruity, with crunchy toasted pecans and a creamy, honey-kissed, poppy seed dressing that’s been lightened up with Greek yogurt!
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buffalo chicken salad in phyllo cups

Buffalo Chicken Salad Bites

These adorable Buffalo Chicken Salad Bites are perfect for parties, or even just a fun snack!
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wine country chicken salad on crackers

Wine Country Chicken Salad

One of the best ways to enjoy this Wine Country Chicken Salad is on top of some delicious crackers!
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caprese chicken salad on croissants

Caprese Chicken Salad

Caprese Chicken Salad combines two summertime favorites, featuring juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil tossed with diced chicken in a homemade, Greek yogurt-based balsamic dressing!
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Pesto Chicken Salad

This Pesto Chicken Salad is easy to whip up, and takes the traditional chicken salad recipe up a notch!
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Avocado Chicken Salad

Calling all chicken salad and avocado lovers! This healthy avocado chicken salad uses perfectly ripe avocados to create a creamy filling for the ultimate sandwich. Think guacamole meets a chicken sandwich!
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italian chicken salad on a bun

Italian Chicken Salad

This Italian Chicken Salad is fresh, easy, and bursting with flavor. Loaded with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, black olives and pesto, this fun twist on a classic flavor will have you coming back for more.
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Santa Fe Chicken Salad

This Santa Fe Chicken Salad is a flavorful chicken salad recipe that’s perfect for serving as a dip, in a wrap, as a taco, or tostada!
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Turmeric Chicken Salad

This chicken salad with turmeric uses fresh turmeric root for a nutritious anti-oxidant boost to this creamy, crunchy, gluten-free lunch salad. Serve with toasted bread or lettuce wraps for an easy lunch!
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Tzatziki Chicken Salad

Tzatziki Chicken Salad puts a fresh and healthy Greek-inspired twist on the classic chicken salad recipe. It has the bright flavors of lemon and dill, salty feta, and it’s lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo!
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BLT Chicken Salad

This BLT Chicken Salad combines all the flavors of a BLT tossed in a creamy chicken salad that’s sure to become a new family favorite. A match made in sandwich heaven!
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Chef Jessica Anne Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal, Mashed and more!

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  1. What a fantastic round-up! I get in such a rut with my chicken salad. Now I have some new ideas – I’m especially excited about that apricot tarragon combo! Love it!