Easy Chicken Salad Recipe is delish with leftover rotisserie chicken or turkey, fruits, and crunchy nuts. It's easily made gluten-free!
Great Way to Use Leftover Chicken or Turkey
This Easy Chicken Salad Recipe is a great way to use leftover chicken or turkey. I often buy a rotisserie chicken when at the store to make a few quick dinners including Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta: One Pot or Rotisserie Chicken and Stuffing.
However, I set a little bit of the chicken aside for me to have a delicious and quick lunch that feels fancy. This sandwich filling has the perfect combination of flavors. It's rich, creamy, sweet, savory, and has a fantastic crunch to it. It makes for a perfect lunch or light dinner with a side of crunchy veggies, fresh fruit, or some potato chips.
If my middle baby angel knows there's cooked chicken in the fridge, he's asking if he can have it for his lunch box. Smart kid.
Sometimes I'm crazy and use the whole chicken to make a big batch for an easy meal prep for a few days.
Gluten-Free Chicken Salad Recipe
Having a super simple gluten-free recipe in your back pocket is essential when entertaining guests these days. Food allergies and gluten sensitivity are becoming common.
This Classic Chicken Salad Recipe can be made using leftover rotisserie chicken or leftover turkey. Plus, it's a delicious and thoughtful way to serve an easy meal all can enjoy.
While most store-bought rotisserie chickens do not contain gluten ingredients, only a few are actually labeled gluten-free.
Always use caution; some rotisserie chickens may contain gluten ingredients or wheat in the seasoning mixture. They may also be made in a shared environment with gluten ingredients.
So, if your guest is super sensitive to gluten, double-check those labels!
Use ingredients you like to make the best chicken salad recipe that's custom-made for your family. There are various ways to make this classic sandwich. Here's a starting point!
- Leftover Chicken or Turkey, cooked--Use chicken thighs or breast
- Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
- Diced Red Onion or Green Onion
- Diced Celery
- Craisins--dried cranberries
- Diced Green Apple
- Chopped Pecans
- Black Pepper
- Bread of choice (favorite gluten-free bread) or Butter Lettuce cups or leaves
How to Make Easy Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Chop up leftover cooked chicken or turkey.
In a large bowl mix chicken, Miracle Whip, onion, celery, craisans, apple, and pecans. Stir well to combine.
Spread on sliced bread, croissant, bagel, tortilla, or lettuce leaf. Serve.
Substitutions and Variations
Chicken Salad Tortilla Wrap--use a tortilla or other wrap instead of bread
Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps--use large butter or romaine lettuce leaves in place of bread for a lower-carb option
Ultimate Chicken Salad Recipe with Grapes--Use in place of Craisins and/or apples. Red or green grapes work just fine.
Plain Greek Yogurt--Use instead of Miracle Whip or Mayo
Store leftover Chicken Salad in an airtight container or cover in plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Because this recipe has Miracle Whip or mayo as the base, it should not be frozen. The mayo base is an emulsion and therefore does not handle freezing well.
Something Else to Try
Try Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing for another great salad. You can make it with leftover chicken instead of beef.
Sous Vide Whole Chicken gives you a foolproof way to have a delicious, moist chicken with fresh herbs of your choice. It's one of my favorite things to build meals off of.
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- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- See more guidelines at USDA.gov.
Easy Chicken Salad Recipe
- 1 ½ cups Chicken cooked
- ¼ cup Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
- ⅛ cup Red Onion Diced
- 1 stalk Celery Diced
- ¼ cup Dried cranberries
- 1 Green Apple Diced
- ¼ cup Pecans Chopped
- ⅛ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Bread of choice or Butter Lettuce cups or leaves
- Chop up leftover cooked chicken or turkey.
- In a large bowl mix chicken, Miracle Whip, onion, celery, craisans, apple, and pecans. Stir well to combine.
- Spread on sliced bread, croissant, bagel, tortilla, or lettuce leaf. Serve.