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Creating the best chicken salad ever is super simple and takes very little time.

You can make a chicken salad that beats Panera any day with just a few ingredients, and about one hour of time.

The Best Chicken Salad Ever:

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 Recipe For The Best Chicken Salad Ever:

I made enough for a family of 6 since my mother absolutely loves my chicken salad I always take some over to her.

I also made enough to share with my daughter and her boyfriend.

They will be over to visit tomorrow so I wanted to be sure to have some to send home with them.

My husband gets a double serving because I will send some to work with him for his lunch.

Ingredients For The Best Chicken Salad Ever:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Vegetarian Chicken Substitute 5 Pounds

Celery 6 Large Stalks

Shallot 1 Medium Shallot or to taste

Almonds (optional – leave out for those who have allergies) 3/4 Cup

Dried Cranberry (craisins work well) 1/2 Cup

Mayonnaise (not miracle whip) 1 1/2 Cup or to taste

Herbs Provence (optional)

Cook chicken or veggie chicken as per directions on the packaging but add herbs provence on both sides before cooking.

Be generous with the herbs!

I also salted and peppered the chicken with coarse pepper and pink Himalayan sea salt.

Do this to taste as some people need to reduce salt intake.

Chill the chicken so it is easy to cut.

I like to dice my chicken but you can also pull it apart to shred it.

This is up to you.

Once cut or shredded just toss into a large bowl

Finely chop or mince the shallot.

Toss shallot on top of cooked chicken.

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Slice celery into 1/4 inch slices – halving larger stalks.

Add celery, cranberry, and almonds into the bowl.

The Best Chicken Salad Ever - Vegetarian Option Too!

Mix in your mayo, use the amount I suggest or add to taste, some people like a little more, some less.

Personally, I like mine more on the creamy side but just slightly creamy, I want to taste the other wonderful ingredients too.

Make sure everything is thoroughly mixed up.

You want to get a little bit of every ingredient in each and every bite!

Every excellent chicken salad deserves great bread.

I use “everything” ciabatta rolls, while my daughter prefers a croissant.

Everything Bread For The Best Chicken Salad Sandwich

That is it!

You are done!

Just slice your bread and put the chicken salad on it.

I promise you it will be simply delicious!

If you are counting carbs you can add the chicken salad to some yummy greens and it is just as yummy!

The Best Chicken Salad Sandwich Ever

I would love to hear if you give it a try and what you think of it!

I also would love to hear about your favorite recipes that you have created!

Please leave your comments below.


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10 Comments

  1. Rose Ann Sales
    June 19, 2018 / 2:11 am

    This recipe looks so good and tasty I will definitely save this page and try to make this on this coming weekend. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with us.

    • June 19, 2018 / 9:53 am

      Thank you so much Rose Ann for checking it out and leaving me a comment.
      It really is a tasty and healthy sandwich.

  2. June 19, 2018 / 10:16 am

    My mouth is watering! I love Panera. Unfortunately there isn’t one here where I live. 🙁

    • June 22, 2018 / 10:00 am

      It would be sad not to have a Panera close by but thankfully with this recipe you can now make your own and I think it’s even better!

  3. June 19, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    I love a good chicken salad. That looks so good and it’s making me so hungry right now. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. June 19, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    I would never think to add cranberry. This looks delicious and will make a great summer lunch!

    • June 22, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Absolutely! I am so glad that I was able to give you a new idea!

  5. June 20, 2018 / 1:31 am

    This looks really tasty and healthy too. Being Vegetarians, we would love to try out the vegetarian option though. Looks like a complete meal in itself.

    • June 22, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Oh yes! Since writing this recipe I too have come back to a veggie lifestyle! These days there are so many tasty veggie “chicken” options to use in place of real chicken! Back when I was a vegetarian decades ago it was not so easy to find replacements.

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