Chicken Salad Recipe


  • 4 cups diced poached chicken
  • 1 stalk celery (diced into ? -inch pieces)
  • 4 scallions (trimmed and thinly sliced) OR ? cup sweet onion (diced into ?-inch pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 & ? teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon or fresh dill
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Black pepper

How to Make Poached Chicken

Ingredients for Poached Chicken

  • 10 sprigs parsley
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 small onion (halved)
  • 1 small carrot (halved)
  • 1 stalk celery (halved)
  • 3 pounds chicken breasts halves (with fat trimmed)
  • 5 – 6 cups chicken broth

Directions for Poached Chicken

  1. In a medium saucepan, put the parsley, thyme, onion, carrot, celery, and chicken breasts.
  2. Cover all ingredients with the broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to as low as possible and cover the saucepan.
  3. Simmer (poach) the chicken for 20 minutes, or until it is firm to the touch.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat, uncover it and cool the chicken in the liquid for 30 minutes.
  5. Put the chicken on a cutting board.
  6. Bone and skin the chicken ad cut it into 1 inch cubes. Dispose of the bones and skin.

This should yield up to 4 cups cubed chicken or 4-6 servings.


  1. Toss the chicken, celery, scallions and all herbs together in a mixing bowl and set it aside.
  2. Whisk the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Add this mixture to the chicken and mix gently until all is combined. Refrigerate the salad until it is ready to be served.


Serve the salad on a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes. The more colors the better.
This type of chicken salad is ideal for sandwiches.

Chicken Salad Recipe Variations

There are a variety of chicken salads to make and the one you chose to make will be based on the occasion and people you are making it for. A few of these delicious chicken salads include those listed below:

  1. Curried Chicken Salad: this salad can also be used for sandwiches. It also includes apple, dried cranberries, walnuts and curry powder is added to spice up the salad.
  2. Grilled Chicken Salad: this salad contains chicken, tomatoes, hard-cooked eggs and Creole mustard vinaigrette.
  3. Chicken Salad with Pineapple: a delicious chicken salad with pineapples.
  4. Chicken Salad with White Beans: a chicken salad with chili powder and cumin in the dressing to deliver a spicy chicken salad.
  5. Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Grapes: this chicken salad is a delicious choice for a luncheon salad that can be served on lettuce leaves with sliced avocado. This chicken salad may also be used to fill sandwich rolls or pita bread.
  6. Guacamole Chicken Salad: a simple chicken salad with California walnuts and guacamole that makes a tasty lunch or easy diner.
  7. Mexican Chicken Salad: a tasty chicken salad that has the Mexican spicy touch.

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