Chicken Salad Recipe | W/ Grapes & Fresh Lemon

Chicken salad recipe with sliced grapes and a hint of fresh lemon. Perfect sandwich with Italian bread or on a bed of lettuce.

Chicken salad on a bed of lettuce.

Chicken salad is one of those classic meals that feel like a lot of effort was put in, but really you can make this dish even easier if you use rotisserie chicken.

Enjoy it on fresh Italian bread, in a wrap, a simple bed of lettuce or even in a bowl on its own, and your lunch just went from boring to a bit fancy.

Enjoy it whichever way you like but the basics are the same. Chicken and mayonnaise. Everyone makes it a bit different after that. Grapes vs. no grapes. Celery vs. no celery. So here’s my version of the best chicken salad recipe.

CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken. (I like to use rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sliced grapes
  • juice of a fresh lemon (about 1 TBS)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tsp tarragon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • salt and pepper to taste
    • optional
    • 1/2 cup apples
    • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
    • 1/3 cup celery
Chicken salad on a bed of lettuce with sliced grapes.

Make sure chicken is fully cooked and cooled. Chop or shred chicken into pieces. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve chilled on your favorite bread, in a wrap or on a bed of lettuce.

LEFTOVERS

You can store leftover chicken salad in the refrigerator for up do 5 days in an air tight container. And be sure not to leave this dish on the counter for more than an hour before placing it back in the fridge.

These are just the simple basics. And once you learn the basics, you can break the rules. Not a red onion fan? Leave it out! Apples and cranberries are always amazing in chicken salad, but if you don’t have them on hand, even just the chicken salad basics are delicious for this lunch or dinner option.

Chicken salad lettuce wrap with homemade French bread on a rustic cutting board.

Chicken salad recipe

Chicken salad recipe with sliced grapes and a hint of fresh lemon.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, lunch
Servings: 6
Calories: 284kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sliced grapes
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tsp tarragon
  • 1/4 cup chopped waltnuts
  • salt & pepper to taste

Optional

  • 1/2 cup apples
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberry
  • 1/3 cup celery

Instructions

  • For this recipe we used rotisserie chicken.
  • Make sure chicken is fully cooked and cooled.
  • Chop or shred chicken into pieces.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix.
  • Serve chilled on your favorite bread, in a wrap or on a bed of lettuce.

Notes

Apples and cranberries are always amazing in chicken salad, but if you don’t have them on hand, even just the chicken salad basics are delicious for this lunch or dinner option.
If adding in the optional apples, cranberries and celery, you may want to add an additional TBS or two of mayonnaise. Just enough to be creamy but not saturated. 
  • The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will very based on different brands of ingredients that are used.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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