Old Fashioned Chicken Salad Recipe



  • 4 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped (prepackaged, rotisserie, or cooked at home)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 boiled egg, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet cubes or relish
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Bread slices or crackers, for serving
  • Lettuce leaves (optional, for sandwiches)
  • Tomato slices (optional, for sandwiches)


  1. Prepare the Chicken: If you haven’t already, cook and chop the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
  2. Prepare the Salad Base: In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped chicken, finely chopped celery, finely chopped onion, and boiled egg.
  3. Add Sweetness and Flavor: Add the sweet cubes or relish to the mixture. The sweetness will balance the savory flavors. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over the mixture. Adjust the sweetness to your taste preference.
  4. Bind with Mayonnaise: Pour in the mayonnaise. Start with 1 cup and add more if needed. The mayo acts as a binder, bringing all the ingredients together. Mix everything well until the salad is creamy and evenly coated.
  5. Chill and Let Flavors Marinate: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the chicken salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. This step is crucial for a tasty chicken salad.
  6. Serve: Once chilled, spoon the chicken salad onto bread slices for sandwiches. Add lettuce leaves and tomato slices if you like. Alternatively, serve the chicken salad with crackers for a delightful snack or light meal.
  7. Enjoy: Your budget-friendly Chicken Salad Sandwiches are ready to be enjoyed! They are perfect for picnics, lunches, or any time you want a satisfying and delicious meal without breaking the bank.

Feel free to customize this recipe further to your taste by adding herbs like dill or parsley, or incorporating other veggies like bell peppers or pickles. Enjoy your meal!

Q1: Can I use leftover chicken for this recipe? A1: Absolutely! Leftover roasted, grilled, or baked chicken works wonderfully in this recipe. It’s a great way to use up leftover chicken and reduce food waste.

Q2: Can I make the chicken salad ahead of time? A2: Yes, you can prepare the chicken salad a day in advance. In fact, allowing the flavors to meld in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight often enhances the taste. Just keep it chilled until you’re ready to serve.

Q3: What can I substitute for mayonnaise if I prefer a healthier option? A3: If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to mayonnaise, you can use Greek yogurt or a mixture of Greek yogurt and a small amount of olive oil. This gives a creamy texture with fewer calories.

Q4: Can I freeze the chicken salad? A4: It’s not recommended to freeze chicken salad, especially if it contains mayonnaise. Mayonnaise tends to separate and become watery after freezing and thawing, affecting the texture of the salad.

Q5: What kind of bread works best for these sandwiches? A5: You can use your favorite type of bread for these sandwiches. Popular choices include whole wheat, multigrain, or white bread. You can also use croissants, baguettes, or wraps for a different twist.

Q6: Can I add other ingredients to the salad, like nuts or dried fruits? A6: Absolutely! Chopped nuts, such as almonds or pecans, and dried fruits, like cranberries or raisins, can add a delightful crunch and sweetness to the salad. Customize the recipe to your taste preferences.

Q7: How long will the chicken salad stay fresh in the refrigerator? A7: When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the chicken salad should stay fresh for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to refrigerate any leftovers promptly.

Q8: Can I make a large batch for a party or gathering? A8: Yes, you can easily double or triple the recipe to make a larger batch for a party. Just adjust the quantities of the ingredients accordingly and mix well.

Enjoy your budget-friendly Chicken Salad Sandwiches! If you have more questions, feel free to ask. Happy eating! 🥪


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