My Fast and Favorite Chicken Salad

The Backstory: It seems that whenever I have leftover chicken, I have to search my brain for what to do with it.  I could freeze it, but I know that I will probably forget about it, and end up dumping it when I clean out the freezer at a later date.  I usually end up with a variation of a chicken salad that I use for a sandwich (don’t forget the pickle!) or green salad. More of the Backstory after the recipe

My Fast and Favorite Chicken Salad

This classic chicken salad is perfect on a sandwich, bed of lettuce or in a wrap. It's simple comfort food that will remind you of days at an old fashioned lunch counter.
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 4-6 cups Kosher cooked chicken, skin removed, cut into medium size chunks
  • 3/4+ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2+ stalks of celery, peeled and diced


  1. Mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper together. Add the chicken, celery, salt and pepper and combine well. Refrigerate so the flavors can blend together, about 1 hour.
 My salad depends upon what I have in my refrigerator or pantry.

…The Backstory continues: This one is the fastest and easiest to prepare and it’s also one of those simple recipes that you can tailor to your specific tastes and to whatever you have one hand in your fridge. Have some extra grapes or raisins? Add them in. Dried cherries or fresh Granny Smith apples? Absolutely delicious with the light and savory dressing in this recipes. You can make this chicken salad with just about any dried or sturdy fresh fruit that you have on hand, so go ahead and experiment.

The salad is perfect on a sandwich, wrap, or a bed of crisp lettuce.




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Myrna Turek

Myrna Turek

I'm a domestic goddess who got my 'PhD' in Home Ec in the early 1960s. I was married for 52 years and have six grandchildren. If it were up to me, everything would be fried. Including chocolate.
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