This is the easiest and best chicken salad recipe you’ve ever made!

Healthy chicken, almonds, cranberries, and celery are blended with a simple mayo dressing and ready to serve in so many ways!

So simple, so easy, and so healthy!

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Best Chicken Salad

  • This healthy chicken salad uses only 5 ingredients and takes one step!
  • Homemade chicken salad is a must-have at picnics and potlucks, and is always a healthy choice for a light dinner or energizing workday lunch!
  • What makes this salad so great is its simplicity. It’s got the perfect combination of creamy, crunchy, savory, and sweet and looks like a fancy Bistro menu item!
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Ingredients and Variations

Chicken – This is a great recipe for using up leftover grilled chicken, a rotisserie chicken, or cook a whole chicken in the air fryer and shred what you need once it’s cooled.

Dressing – Dress up the dressing even more by mixing in some Ranch, Green Goddess, Thousand Island, or Caesar dressing to make a new chicken salad recipe every time!

Variations – Bacon bits, chopped apples, grapes cut in half, and cherry tomatoes are all tasty and colorful additions to gourmet chicken salad. For extra crunch and bulk, mix in some chopped Chinese cabbage.

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How to Make Chicken Salad

Healthy chicken salad is ready to serve in minutes!

  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.

Ways to Enjoy Chicken Salad

  • Double up the recipe and use it all week long in Bistro-style sandwiches on ciabatta buns, as wraps or low-carb lettuce wraps, or simply scoop some on top of a bed of greens!
  • Try serving a chicken salad sandwich or wrap and serve it alongside a bowl of cozy wild rice and mushroom soup, or this Instant Pot creamy cauliflower soup for a hearty lunch that’s sure to satisfy.
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Storing Chicken Salad

Keep leftover gourmet chicken salad in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze portions in zippered bags for up to a month.

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Gourmet Chicken Salad

Gourmet chicken salad is simple, healthy and creamy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author I Don’t Have Time For That


large bowl


  • 2 cups chopped or shredded chicken rotisserie or leftover chicken works well
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  • Spoon generously onto toasted bread, bagels, or even lettuce.


Use boneless skinless chicken breast (3 medium-sized). Or use the meat from a rotisserie chicken. 
Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days or in the freezer for 1 month. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American

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