Carol's Chicken Salad

Carol's Chicken Salad

352 Reviews 7 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Ready In

    20 m
Sharon Sisson
Recipe by  Sharon Sisson

“My friend Carol is a wonderful cook, and this recipe is a '10.' By far the best chicken salad I have tasted.”

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Original recipe yields 9 servings



  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, salt, poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and lemon juice.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, celery, green onions, water chestnuts, Swiss cheese, and grapes. Add the mayonnaise mixture, and stir to coat. Chill until serving.

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This is the best chicken salad I’ve ever eaten with a couple adjustments. I made it a couple of years ago for a birthday brunch for my mother, and people still ask me for the recipe! It’s wonderful as is, but since I like to throw it together fairly often, sometimes I don’t always have all the ingredients. I omit the Swiss and the chestnuts sometimes, and I do vary the fruit a bit. I like to use red and green grapes, just for a little color variation. I’ve also added diced green apple with scrumptious results. If you don’t like mayo (like me) a nice light variation is to use half Miracle Whip and half sour cream or plain yogurt. There is so much flavor with the fruit and veggies, the dressing doesn’t need to be so mayo-y. This is amazing just plain, or on a toasted bagel or croissant. Once you try this one, no other chicken salad will suffice!



All the ingredients are just right. I would change only the prep by adding the lemon juice, pepper, onion and garlic powders to the chicken before anything else. Let that soak for 10 minutes, then add the rest. In any case, great recipe.



I made this recipe for a baby shower that I hosted, and everyone raved about it. I left out the grapes because I was serving it on croissants. The twenty minute prep time is just plain wrong, but it was worth the time spent preparing the dish. I will make it again, and I have to send the recipe to several people who attended.

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Amount Per Serving (9 total)

  • Calories
  • 293 cal
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 19.5 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs
  • 10.3 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 19.4 g
  • 39%
  • Cholesterol
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 279 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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