Lately I have been on the hunt for a an amazing and simple chicken salad recipe. We usually get the multi-pack of canned chicken breast from Costco, and our go-to is just to mix in a little mayo and relish and call it good.
Well, over the past couple of months I’ve had some amazing chicken salad sandwiches and it opened my eyes (and taste buds) to all the ways you can do chicken salad.
I read the backs of recipe cans, asked friends for their favorite mix-in ingredients, and basically thought long and hard about what I’d want in my own ultimate chicken salad. (Yep, I’m taking my chicken salad sandwich very seriously).
After a little experimenting, I came up with a recipe that I think you’ll really like. It has a lot going on, and the flavors all go together really nicely. My big thing was amounts–how much of the different mix-ins should be added to get the flavor just right? This blend worked really well.
It’s a nice mix of texture and flavor–sweet, salty, and savory. I’ve also made it with a bit more pepper and gave it a little kick. Feel free to tweak the pepper to get the heat you like.
Unfortunately my kids weren’t that excited about it. Because of that, I almost named it “Grown Up Chicken Salad” but that just sounded weird. Oh well! I’m ok with making a big bowl of this and having it for my lunches for the week.
- 1 large can of chicken breast (I used a Costco 12.5 oz. size can) or 1 small chicken breast, cooked and shredded
- ¼ cup diced celery (about 2 stalks)
- ¼ cup diced dried cranberries
- ¼ cup diced apples
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup diced red onions
- 3-4 T mayo
- ½ t garlic salt (I use a garlic/parsley combo)
- ¼ t pepper
- ¼ t basil
- Prep all mix-ins
- Mix all ingredients in with chicken
- Mix in mayo, then dry seasonings
- Chill before serving