Best Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Updated on March 18, 2016

My Quest for an Easy Recipe for Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Way, way back when I first got married and I was still trying to impress my husband (grin), I wanted to learn how to make chicken salad sandwiches. I wanted a chicken salad sandwich recipe that was not just easy, but delicious.

I experimented with over the years to get my easy chicken salad recipe just right; I spent a lot of time and effort perfecting it. I hit on what I believe is the best recipe ever. It's not just basic but has a bit of finesse. It's right at home at a kids' lunch table or a bridal shower buffet. It can be simple or elegant.

I have served this chicken salad many times over the years, and I have never failed to receive compliments and requests for my recipe. When the internet came along, I realized that many cooks will use the internet, not a cookbook, when looking for recipes. So here it is. Try this easy chicken salad sandwich recipe.

Chicken salad sandwiches
Chicken salad sandwiches

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients (serves about 6)

  • 3 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 or 2 stalks celery, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup seedless grapes, halved
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup salad dressing, such as Miracle Whip
  • 2 tablespoons coleslaw dressing (Marzetti's is good)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper, to taste

Simply mix everything together well. Chill for at least one hour before serving; it tastes much better if allowed to chill overnight.

Serve on toasted bread, croissants, or lettuce leaves. It also tastes great in pita pockets or hollowed tomato cups. Also try different breads such as ciabatta or raisin bread.

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        herb smith 7 months ago

        made this for the people setting up for a wedding, it was specatular. since then I have started making a pasta salad with this, I cut down on the paprika and use red onion and mini penta. everybody that tries it cannot get enough

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        Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        I'm craving chicken salad right now. I would have to give your recipe a try later this winter. Thanks for the hub!

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        Linda 2 years ago

        I add pecans and just a touch of curry.

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        Momnybeth3 4 years ago

        I just made this to take to Easter lunch with family tomorrow. I sampled it and even before it has chilled it already tastes yum-licious!! Can't wait to share with everyone, or maybe not; ) I had Helmann's on hand so just added a little extra cole slaw dressing to give some zing. Thanks for the recipe!

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        Jennifer - CastIronQueen 4 years ago

        This recipe sounds so good!! I will have to review it on my blog :-)

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        alexssa 5 years ago

        Awesomeness is the correct word to describe this recipe except do you fry the chicken or cook it

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        Anna 6 years ago

        i tried this recipe with some slivered almonds that i just threw in a pan instead of the cranberries to add some of a crunch, very tasty.

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        Crys' 6 years ago

        It's me again. I'm sorry but every time I make this recipe I whisper you a lil' THANK YOU.yummmmmmmyyyyyyyy it is. In addition to adding the green apples, I use a RED ONION for extra tastiness.......Wow! Thanks again. It tastes like a whole new sandwich each time I make it.

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        y.phillips 6 years ago

        WOW,I made the chichen salad, it is so good, I'm suppose to take it to a Christmas party at my church, but I can't stop eating thank FOR THE RECIPE.

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        Melissa Cole 6 years ago from Springfield, Tennessee

        Thank you for posting this. I was looking for something that I could take to a church "soup" social. I didn't want to bring a dessert like everyone else and wanted something that would pair well with different kinds of Soup. I think I am going to do them in croissants and the hollowed tomato cups just to add variety.

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        Crys' 6 years ago

        I had been searching for a simple yet delicious chicken salad recipe.......needless to say my search is ovah! This was awesome, my whole family LOVED it. I added green apples in addition to your cranberries, grapes, and pecans. Thank you so much for a delectable recipe. Now what to do w/that whole both of Cole slaw dressing?4

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        jersgal 6 years ago

        Love this recipe, minus onions. Took it to work and was the hit for lunch! Thanks a million!!!

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        Nica 6 years ago

        I love this recipe! I will make sure to make this every week. You may also check my homemade chicken broth recipe at

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        foodlover 6 years ago

        YUMMY!! I have this recipe chilling in my fridge right now. I used the Lilydale fully cooked sliced chicken breasts from Costco. Going to have it on croissants :-) Thank you!!

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        Oscar 6 years ago

        I've been searching for a good chicken salad recipe and I think I've found it. Thanks. I'm going to make it tomorrow. I love all the ingredients in it.

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        wannabechef2 6 years ago

        Okay, finally taking the time to comment. Three summers ago I started making this recipe. It is outstanding and needs no adjustments. Not everything has to be spicy! :) Thanks for an outstanding recipe and for sticking with it til you got it right!

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        marcy 6 years ago

        that sounds great i'm making chicken salad but don't have all the ingredients for this one..

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        Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        I love chicken salad. I never would have thought to add coleslaw seasoning!

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        britmum 7 years ago

        this by far the best chicken salad sandwich. travel to may a places and mmm cant beat this sandwich. thanks for the recipe.

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        Jazma Jo Baker 7 years ago

        This recipe looks great, I'm taking the advice of the comments and leaving out the paprika and cranberries as i think it'd ruin it for me.

        I'm cooking this tomorrow in my food and nutrition class, I'm having to use Quorn style chicken as I'm on my veggie year...hope the effect will still be the same!! :s xoxoxo

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        kenzilynn 7 years ago

        Sounds good but mine is better

        you use chicken, a little mayo and red hot spicy and good

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        nunya 7 years ago

        miguel if you use mayo it wont come out sweet...mircle whip and other salad dressing brands have more sugar added to them

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        Miguel 7 years ago

        I'm going to go against everybody here and say I didn't like it. It was way too sweet for what I would consider a normal chicken salad. Chicken salad should be mostly savory not sweet.

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        April 7 years ago

        Wow. Made this for the first time & this is the BEST chicken salad I've ever had! Thanks so much for sharing. This will be a permanent recipe for our family!

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        Denvergirl 7 years ago

        I think it's good - however the paprika turned the salad to an orange color which didn't seem very appetizing to me.

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        Idahowoman 7 years ago

        This recipe rescued my old dull chicken salad - thanks for sharing.

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        Kesha 7 years ago

        I've been searching high and low for a good Chicken Salad recipe. I'm going to try yours out tonight. It sounds delicious!

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        Barbara  7 years ago

        This is by far the best chicken salad recipe I've ever tried! Next time I'm going to use paprika and1/2 tsp regular salt. Paprika and seasoned salt turn it alittle too orange. Great flavor!

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        Melanie Patterson 7 years ago

        I always add 1 tsp of curry powder. It is a favorite at all my parties!

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        Pam 7 years ago

        How much does this make , if you measured the whole amount? or how much is a serving size? It says 3 breasts , how many ounces of meat is that?

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        Tashia 7 years ago

        Oh my goodness, This was amazing!

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        Teri 7 years ago

        Yum! I didn't have paprika, so I substituted dill weed instead... could also put parsley in it too!

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        danay 7 years ago

        I made this and it taste so much better if you add sugar; )

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        Judy in Tex 7 years ago

        I have been making this for years and for those of you who are not using the cranberries are missing out. I don't like cranberries but they really add to chicken salad. I also add chopped pecans. I made it for an open house and knew that people would ask for the recipe. I made them up in advance and gave them to people who ask. Try the cranberries!!!!


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        Jess 7 years ago

        I made this about a year ago (we loved it!) and just sat down to peruse the internet and hopefully find it again.. and here I did! It was a hit then and my husband and I are excited to try it again. It is getting bookmarked this time for sure. ;)

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        Hailey 7 years ago

        I made this recipe last night for dinner, after months of my hubby begging me to learn how to make chicken salad, and it was a HUGE success! Hubby, my dad, my 14 month old son, and I loved it! Thanks for such an easy, delicious dish!

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        Hailey 7 years ago

        I made this recipe last night f

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        amy 8 years ago

        can i use canned chicken?

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        Robin 8 years ago

        I made this recipe for my daughter's baby shower in February & it was so good. I got so many compliments & requests for the recipe. The only thing I did different was to leave out the paprika. When I made a test recipe it was very orange & the flavor was strong. In my opinion the recipe is better without it. Thank you so much for sharing your AMAZING Chicken Salad recipe.

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        Wendy 8 years ago

        going to make it for a bridal shower tomarrow

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        Donna 8 years ago

        This was amazing!!! I couldn't wait to eat my lunch today at work.

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        Julie Meyer 8 years ago

        I spent a lot of time going through old chicken salad recipes last night and found yours today. It sounds delicious and I can't wait to make it for a little "spring" luncheon I am having this week. Thanks, Angela!

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        Cassie 8 years ago

        is it suppose to come out orange? the only seasoning salt that i could find was tasted good, but had a little spicy kick to that the way it is suppose to be?

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        Cassie 8 years ago

        thank you so much for posting this recipe! i have been searching everywhere for a wonderful chicken salad recipe to serve at this triple baby shower i am throwing! it is hard to find a recipe that both adults and kids will like! i think i will try adding the apples...that sounds good! ;-)

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        max voisard 8 years ago

        never tried the sandwich before but looks good

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        Janessa 8 years ago

        Just made this for my family without the cranberries and it was delicious. I would have added them if I had them, but oh well. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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        lila 8 years ago

        looks delicious yum yum too bad i don't have ingrediants


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        Katie 8 years ago

        I love to make my chicken salad like this too. I also add chopped apple, some honey and apple cider vinegar. SO yummy.

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        Elena B.  8 years ago

        I used Toufan wrap for the sandwich and my husband said that it is the best he's ever had. Thanks for sharing!

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        gdgollymsdolly 8 years ago

        Sounds like the perfect receipe that I have been looking for, I am going to use apples in mine.. Will let you know how it is.

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        Agirl 8 years ago

        Thanks for this recipe- I've been looking all over for the "perfect" chicken salad recipe- looks like this takes the croissant :)

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        Abigail 8 years ago

        When this is done I leave out the cranberries and once the salad is placed on the bottom half of bread I add acouple of sugar snap peas right on the top of the salad and then put on top bread piece. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmy addition

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        tookiewookie 9 years ago

        What are some good ways to cook the chicken? Looks sooooo good

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        Nix 9 years ago

        My friends and I are going on a trip this weekend and I'm going to premake this a night prior to our trip and serve once we are in our beach house, I will let you know how it goes...YUM!

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        moonlake 9 years ago from America

        This sounds so good. Love chicken salad.

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        guidebaba 9 years ago from India

        Man...This is mouth watering.

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        Shebah 9 years ago from Quebec/Canada

        I tried you recipe on toasted panini bread.Awesome!

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        Angela Harris 10 years ago from Around the USA

        Sorry I missed your comments, Princessa Kat07 and debby28.

        Princessa, you can use mayonnaise instead of salad dressing. And yes, you can skip the cranberries. Add raisins if you wish.

        Kat07, if your husband doesn't like cranberries or raisins, just leave them out. Chopped apples would be good, but not necessary.

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        debby28 10 years ago from WASHINGTON

        Sounds really great going to try it.

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        Kat07 10 years ago from Tampa

        This sounds like a fantastic recipe! I want to make it for my husband, but he won't eat the cranberries or any kind of raisin substitute. Any suggestions?

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        Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

        It sounds delicious... and just looking at the picture made me hungry... not good for the pre-Christmas diet! But then, good things deserve special treatment no?

        Can I use any salad dressing? and forget about the cranberries? I think we do not have them over here.

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        Angela Harris 10 years ago from Around the USA

        Thanks, monoharv and sukritha for the comments.

        Zsuzsy Bee, I'm so glad that you liked my chicken salad recipe. Actually, I plan on making some today. I really like recipes like this for the holiday season. I can just make some chicken salad, put it in the refrigerator, and everyone can eat whenever they get hungry.

        Joyeuse, thanks for the tip! I never would have thought to add jalapeno to chicken salad. Since I love jalapenos, I'll have to give this a try.

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        sukritha 10 years ago from Cochin

        Tastey Tastey I need it. Great delitious Hub

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        Joyeuse 10 years ago

        Something I've found that's surprised me: chopped, de-seeded, de-membraned jalapenos go very well with chicken salad, especially one with green onions. The de-seeding and -membraning gets rid of the heat, and the jalapeno complements the other flavors.

        Tasty hub! :P

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        Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

        Angela! I had a couple of friends over for a late lunch today and made your chicken salad. It was a great success. I have enough left for supper, yum. Thanks for a great recipe.

        regards Zsuzsy

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        Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

        Grapes and cranberries in the salad, how great is that. I'm game. Tomorrow for supper. I'll let you know how it goes.

        Thanks for the recipe

        regards Zsuzsy