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The best chicken salad recipe

Chicken salad recipes are everywhere, but they are not always the best. I mean, the baseline is pretty f’ing basic…chicken, mayo, some kind of finely chopped veggies and seasoning. Yeah you can buy chicken salad at a grocery store and it isn’t bad, and you can get it at Subway (blahhhh) or Corner Bakery or Panera, but meh.
My chicken salad recipe will change the meh and the blah to…HELL YESSSSS! And it couldn’t be easier.

Also this is a super short post…I have a shit ton of apples sitting on the counter I need to tend to 🙂

Have a great weekend xoxo


Chicken Salad (that is the best)

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 cups cooked chicken either cut into cubes or shredded
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of half of the squeezed lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickled jalapenos chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard - I use the coarse dijon

2/3 cup combined finely diced

  • red pepper
  • celery
  • red onion use the least amount of this, unless you really like onions


  1. In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. This makes a great sandwich - see photos, but you certainly can enjoy this minus the bread, if you are carb conscious or gluten free. I have put this in lettuce wraps, and in a seeded tomato...I have also just dug into the bowl with a fork.


  1. seriously nothing better than a chicken salad on a summer day…or really anytime! I like to poach my chicken in a simple brine first!!

  2. I’m obsessed with a good tangy chicken salad, and this looks amazing! Love that you added jalapeño peppers. I need to try that next time.

  3. That sure does look like a fantastic chicken salad – I love the jalepenos – great idea!

  4. Man, yes, the jalapenos, mustard, and those tomatoes! (Big eyes!) This looks like such a yummy sandwich!!

  5. Ye, this is the ULTIMATE chicken salad sandwich! The sweet pickled jalapenos in this is a game changer! Makes a great make-ahead lunch for sure!!

  6. That stack of sammies looks delicious! Now I need some chicken salad….

  7. I love all the colors that go into this chicken salad! The flavor sounds amazing, too.

  8. I love chicken salad for lunches! Definitely intrigued by your addition of pickled and bell peppers, that sure sounds like the best chicken salad to me!

  9. You had me at pickled jalapenos! This chicken salad looks amazing.

  10. I love chicken salad anytime! This one with jalapenos gives a nice kick to the classic. Can’t wait to try it. Yum thanks!

Let me know whatcha think!