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Classic Chicken Salad


Try serving this Classic Chicken Salad on a bed of mixed greens or on whole-grain bread.

  • Servings: 1
classic chicken salad sandwich

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, September 2003


  • 1 cup diced chicken
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced red onion
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced celery
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper, to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl; stir to combine.

  2. For a whole-grain sandwich, layer your favorite whole-grain bread with 1/4 cup baby greens (we used arugula) and chicken salad.

  3. To serve on a bed of greens, place 2 cups mixed salad greens on a plate; spoon chicken salad over the top, and add 6 to 8 halved red seedless grapes.

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  • danial_thomyah
    24 MAY, 2017
    Classic chicken salad has Frank's Red Hot in it? Call it Martha's chicken salad, but not classic
  • michelemarsh47
    15 OCT, 2015
    The lemon juice in this recipe made all of the difference. Very delicious!!!!!
  • MS11093538
    30 JUL, 2015
    Used meat from leftover bone in skin on grilled chicken breast. This simple recipe was absolutely fantastic and took about 10 minutes to make. My new go to recipe! You can also change it up a bit with different herbs or spices, but it is terrific as is. Thanks, Martha!
  • msabbie36403
    18 OCT, 2014
    I have made this recipe, as written, several times with left over rotisserie chicken and it is delicious.
  • MS112572101
    20 OCT, 2012
    I used my Madeleine and sliced half an apple and added a jar of marinated artichokes but tripled the recipe for those added ingredients. My husband loved it!
  • ARose222
    30 SEP, 2012
    My toddlers loved it...need I say more? I did not use onion or celery (onion to save $, celery bc I got lazy), but I did use kosher salt and I added parmesan and mozzarella to taste
  • SaffyGirl
    18 SEP, 2012
    Just made this using leftover roast chicken. This is an outstanding recipe!! Highly recommend!
  • MBS4174
    14 JUL, 2008
    i just made this and it was so delicious. i am sure i will make it again.
  • Katelinlee
    14 JUN, 2008
    We boiled the chicken in stock and water as recommended -- great touch! And lovely with halved grapes.
  • cookiediva
    19 APR, 2008
    this came out great - just a suggestion boil the chicken in stock it comes out soooo tender and as Martha would say "beautiful"!!