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Chicken salad recipe with a secret ingredient!

Posted by  ·  September 2, 2018  ·  Last Updated: May 22, 2019

This chicken salad recipe is savory and crunchy in a creamy sauce! It also is the most versatile recipe. This chicken salad can be served hot or cold, in a wrap, on greens or on bread. Any way you serve it up it is great! You will love it! If you need a new sandwich recipe try these delicious creations.  I have a great list there. While love love love this chicken salad sandwich recipe my all time favorite sandwich is the Caprese Sandwich.

chicken salad recipe

Chicken Salad Recipe

This recipe is from my friend Di. She is a fabulous cook! How can you ever forget her amazing Monster Cookie Dough Dip! That is one the of all time favorite recipes here at Skip to my Lou.  Each year a group of us gather together to make sack lunches for our children’s teachers during teacher appreciation week.  Di always makes her Chicken Salad Sandwiches and is always asked for the recipe!

This chicken salad recipe has a secret ingredient… one I typically never cook with. In fact, I go to great lengths to not use this ingredient in my recipes, note my chicken and rice casserole and creamy chicken enchiladas.  While I was going to figure out a way to make a substitution, I realized it just works and this isn’t something we eat all the time! So the can of soup stays! Yes,  this yummy chicken salad has a whole can of cream of mushroom soup. You too will have to give it a try!


best chicken salad sandwich
best chicken salad sandwich
3.43 from 7 votes

Chicken Salad Recipe

Serve this delicious chicken salad recipe hot or cold! It makes a great casserole or sandwich.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, salad, sandwich
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 228 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 4-5 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1-2 cups celery chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 small cans sliced water chestnuts drained and chopped
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons pimento chopped (optional)
  • potato chips for casserole topping


  1. Mix all ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper. Chill. Serve on bread, a bed of lettuce, half a cantaloupe or in a wrap. Delish!

    For casserole. place chicken salad in oven safe dish. Top with crushed potato chips and bake at 250 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 379mg 16%
Potassium 174mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 1.4%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I am sure this chicken salad could be made with rotisserie chicken to speed up the prep time.   I speed it up with my Instant Pot.  Place four good sized chicken breast in the instant pot, along with 1/2 cup water, 2 carrots, 2 stalks of celery, half an onion, salt, and pepper. Cook at high pressure for 12 mins. Use natural release for 5 or 10 minutes for extra tender chicken.  No worries if you don’t have celery, onions , nd carrots it will cook just fine with salt and pepper. While the chicken is cooking I prepare the rest of the chicken salad ingredients.

chicken salad recipe

If you like your chicken salad savory and sweet slice a couple cups of grapes in half and toss them in. Makes for a great chicken salad with grapes. Yum!

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  1. Jenny
    Monday, September 10th, 2018
    This is THE best chicken salad I have ever had! I had no idea there was soup in the recipe - you can not detect it. It has the perfect mix of seasoning and crunch. Cindy made it for me and added red grapes - a wonderful addition! This is my new favorite chicken salad recipe! Thank you, Cindy!!
  2. Kimberly Combes
    Thursday, March 1st, 2018
    This is a great recipe. It is easy to make. It is a favorite of my family’s.
  3. Nolan
    Thursday, March 1st, 2018
    looks good to me....
  4. Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
    Awesome! This was great this weekend for a family gathering!.