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Easy Leftover Chicken Salad Recipe

by Nellie

Do you have leftover chicken and you don’t know what to do with it? Check out this super easy recipe for Leftover chicken salad!

Sometimes when you make a whole chicken, or buy a rotisserie chicken, there can be a lot of leftovers! Today I’ve got a great recipe that you can use for that leftover roast chicken to make a delicious lunch!

What is good with chicken salad?

There are endless possibilities when it comes to pairing chicken salad with different foods. Some of my favorites include:

-Sliced up vegetables like carrots, celery, and tomatoes

-Bread or crackers

-Salad greens

-Pita bread or tortillas

-Leftover mashed potatoes or rice

-Grapes or berries

Can I freeze chicken salad with mayonnaise in it?

You can freeze chicken salad, but I recommend leaving out the mayonnaise until you are ready to eat it. The mayo can make the salad a little icy when it is frozen. This is the best chicken salad to make the next day.

It’s an easy salad recipe for a hot summer day. You can even serve this tasty chicken salad in a lettuce wrap for a quick lunch.

What is your favorite chicken salad recipe?

I love this easy recipe for leftover chicken salad because it is so versatile! You can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, and it’s a great way to use up any leftovers. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, my favorite recipe includes boiled eggs, grapes, and celery. Yum! This creamy chicken salad recipe will be a big hit with the entire family.

How long does cooked chicken salad last in the fridge?

Cooked chicken salad will last in the fridge for about 3-4 days. If you are planning on eating it later than that, I would recommend freezing it.

What ingredients do you need for this leftover chicken salad recipe?

2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped

2 cup dried cranberries

1 cup Mayonnaise 

1 cup (2 stalks) celery, diced

¾ cup pecans

2 tbsp honey mustard

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

You won’t need any red onions, olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice or bell pepper for this classic recipe. It’s a hearty lunch with a great flavor that you can even serve on sandwich bread, pita pockets or a tortilla wrap.

This classic chicken salad recipe is a great idea for bridal showers, baby showers or even church potlucks.

One of this simple salads that you can save for the next day in airtight container. This easy chicken salad recipe definitely one of those nice additions to any menu.

This creamy salad is great in a large bowl with fresh herbs as a topping or garnish. Try this healthy chicken salad today!

Easy Leftover Chicken Salad Recipe
Yield: 1 large bowl

Easy Leftover Chicken Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This super easy chicken salad recipe is delicious and the perfect way to use leftover chicken!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • 2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (2 stalks) celery, diced
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • 2 tbsp honey mustard
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Chop up the chicken and celery.
  2. You can use leftover rotisserie chicken for this process as well.
  3. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 45 minutes. (optional)
  5. Best if served chilled 

Notes

You can substitute grapes for the dried cranberries.

You can substitute walnuts or almonds for the pecans.

I used Dukes Real Mayonnaise for this recipe, if a non-full fat mayo is used, the results will vary and seasonings may need to be adjusted.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 297Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 25mgSodium 242mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 20gProtein 7g

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