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Prepared chicken salad recipe garnished with chopped green onions and served in a white serving bowl.
5 from 4 votes

Chicken Salad Recipe

The BEST Chicken Salad Recipe! Made with juicy poached chicken breast, crunchy celery, and a simple mix of creamy mayonnaise and spicy brown mustard. Perfect for summer BBQs, wedding showers, or birthday parties, enjoy this creamy chicken salad recipe sandwiched between a buttery croissant or scooped onto your favorite crackers and pita bread.
Prep Time15 mins
Time to poach chicken30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 260kcal


  • 2 large chicken breasts poached
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tsp brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper


Poach your chicken

  • Fill a pot with water. Make sure your pot is large enough to hold your chicken breasts and enough water to completely cover by at least 2-inches. Bring just to a boil over high heat.
  • Add the chicken breasts and any optional herbs or seasonings such as thyme, parsley, bay leaves, black peppercorns, etc. Return to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately cover with a lid. Allow chicken to rest (or poach) for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature registers 160°F as read with a digital meat thermometer.
  • Remove chicken from the pot and set aside. Allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing, shredding, or chopping. Allow chicken to cool completely before mixing with mayonnaise and mustard.

For the chicken salad

  • Add the cooked and cooled chopped or shredded chicken to a large mixing bowl. Add the celery, mayonnaise, brown mustard, green onions, salt, and pepper. Gently mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to cool for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  • Serve with crackers, sliced pita, sandwiched between a sliced butter croissant or sandwich roll.


Click here to learn more about How to Poach Chicken.
  • Save time and pre-cook your chicken or use rotessirie chicken instead.


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 551mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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