Easy, Simple, Delicious Chicken Salad

Pat Morris


This is a very simple but delicious chicken salad. It is sort of a clone of one that The Fresh Market makes. The first time I had it I made a Chicken Salad sandwich on Croissants. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to dissect the ingredients and make it myself. You can make it with a roasted chicken that you buy prepared at your local grocery store –or you can use chicken breasts and cook them yourself. I will give preparation instructions for both ways. I have heard that The Fresh Market makes theirs from rotisserie chickens. Both ways are good and easy! Enjoy!!


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15 Min


  • 1.5 to 2 lb
    boneless chicken breasts or 1 shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 c
    mayonnaise (your favorite –i like dukes or blue plate the best)
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated or minced sweet onion (optional)
  • 2 stalk(s)
    celery, finely chopped

How to Make Easy, Simple, Delicious Chicken Salad


  1. SKIP STEPS 1 Through 7, if using rotisserie chicken.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  4. While seasoning the chicken, heat an oiled oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add chicken breasts to hot skillet, cook 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned. Flip chicken and repeat on other side.
  6. Once both sides are lightly browned, take skillet off of heat and slide into preheated oven.

    Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked throughout.
  7. Once chicken is out of the oven and has cooled slightly, cut each breast in half and shred them with 2 forks, OR place them in the food processor, (or shred them with 2 forks). Pulse 8-10 times, or until chicken is shredded or chopped to your liking.
  8. Place chicken-either baked or rotisserie - in bowl with chopped celery and mayo; stir well. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper or more mayo if you like an extra creamy chicken salad.
  9. Enjoy as a salad on lettuce leaves, OR on bread, Croissants or wrapped in lettuce leaves for a tasty sandwich; OR enjoy it spread on crackers or apples for a yummy snack or hors d'oeuvres.

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About Easy, Simple, Delicious Chicken Salad

Course/Dish: Chicken Salads
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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