Best Basic Chicken Salad Recipe

May 13, 2011 11:30 am

A classic sandwich filling or salad, now with bacon

Whether you eat it atop a bed of lettuce or stuff it into a sub with shredded lettuce and tomato, chicken salad is just one those things you need once in awhile. It's tasty, filling, and easy to make.

And while all you really need is some chopped cooked chicken bits, some mayo, salt, pepper, and a crunchy element like almonds and/or celery, there's a lot more you can do with chicken salad. 

This basic chicken salad recipe remains fairly basic, but it calls for the addition of onion, bacon, herbs, and vinegar and oil—which takes only a few minutes more of your time for double the return on your flavor investment. 

chicken salad sandwich
photo: Lara604 on Flickr
Servings: 4 servings


4 halves chicken breast, cooked and cubed
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon mixed fresh herbs, like parsley, dill, and oregano
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a large bowl, combine the mayo, olive oil, vinegar, and herbs until evenly mixed. 
  2. Add the chicken, bacon, onion, and celery and toss to evenly coat.  
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
15 minutes
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