Easy Homemade Chicken Salad

I couldn’t very well make homemade pita bread last week without making Chicken Salad, now could I?

Matt happened to be out of town for two days last week on a soccer trip. The poor guy. All I talked about when he came home was how good the new pita bread recipe ended up and how I’d made chicken salad to go in it and served it all with fresh tomatoes from our garden. And how all four boys scarfed it up and came back for more.

And then I had to tell him that all of it was gone – that we’d saved none at all for him.

Yeah. Welcome home, Dad. ;)

Not to worry. I’ll make him more soon. Have you tried the Whole Wheat Pita Bread recipe yet?

Easy Homemade Chicken Salad

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Easy Homemade Chicken Salad
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (I use Hain Safflower)
  • 2 Tablespoons pickle relish (I use either homemade pickle relish or an organic variety from Amazon or Vitacost)
  • ¼ teaspoon onion salt
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve on crackers, on bread, or in pita pockets.

Shucks, get out a fork and eat it plain if you want. It’s good stuff. :)

Recipes and links you might need for your Chicken Salad:

I’m not a fan of hard boiled eggs in my meat salads. You? And you know, if you all leave a comment answering that question, this will make for one of the most exciting blog conversations – ever.  :)

You can also use this recipe to make Turkey Salad with turkey leftovers after a holiday meal. This is one of my favorite ways to use up chicken or turkey leftovers! Chicken or turkey salad makes a wonderful convenience food!


  1. Stacy W says

    I have an egg allergy, so no eggs or mayonnaise here. But I missed tuna salad, so I made up a honey mustard dressing to mix with tuna fish. Not bad! Just a couple tbsp of each honey mustard and dijon mustard, a little salt and pepper, sometimes a little olive oil drizzled in if it’s dry. Can’t wait to try your pita bread recipe, thanks!


    Allison Reply:

    Thank you for the nice idea to use a homemade honey mustard (I do not eat mayo). I will try that in my chicken salad next time!


  2. Holly says

    Funny! I just made a yummy chicken salad this week too! Here’s mine~
    3 C cooked, shredded chicken
    3 chopped hard-boiled eggs
    1 C halved red grapes
    1/2 C (or more) chopped celery
    3/4 C mayo
    2 T lemon juice
    2 tsp. curry powder
    Mix mayo, lemon juice and curry together. Pour over other ingredients and stir gently. Serve in pitas or whole wheat bread. YUM!


    Linda Reply:

    Ours is similar. No eggs. Apples instead of celery for the crunch.
    Apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice. Plus garlic powder and
    minced onions. I let my chicken cool and cube it instead of
    shredding it.


  3. says

    I’m okay with eggs in my chicken salad, but we like to have fruit and nuts in ours too. My favorite add-in’s are grapes, dried cranberries, celery, and almonds. Mmmmm!
    Though with tuna salad I am a just pickle relish kind of girl. :)


  4. Lana says

    No eggs in chicken salad for us, bleh! I make 2 versions, one is chicken breast, toasted slivered almonds, garlic powder and mayo and the other is my late MIL’s version which is chicken,almost as much chopped celery, A LOT of fresh ground pepper and mayo.

    We do love egg salad but it has to be freshly made and not refrigerated. I know we are picky!


  5. Rebekah says

    Our incredible chicken salad :-) has cooked broccoli, shredded chicken, shredded cheese, chopped tomato, celery, homemade mayo (oils: coconut, olive, sesame), mustard, salt, pepper, relish (opt). And I agree, there’s nothing like a homemade pita to put it in!! Sometimes I’ll throw in a spoonful of home-canned roasted red pepper spread (red pepper, tomato, garlic) in place of relish. Depends on what I’m clearing out of my fridge. :-)


  6. Kristin says

    Which came first the chicken salad or the egg?
    I prefer chicken in my chicken salad and eggs in my egg salad.


  7. laurie says

    My chicken salad has to be on the sweet side. Relish is a must, but sweet relish. I’m not a fan of mayo so I make mine with only a little mayo and the rest of the “glue” is Ken’s Steakhouse Dressings Lite -Sweet Vidalia Onion(No HFCS!). Then I add apples, pecans, and a little bit of bacon bits! (haha). Eggs? Um, no way. I love a good hard boiled egg, but as a stand alone,served NEXT TO my chicken salad, doused with plenty of salt! :)


  8. Sheri Beeker says

    I never thought of putting eggs in my chicken salad. I might have to try that as I really like egg salad. Thanks for the idea!


  9. Ashley says

    Where do you find Hain’s Mayo? Is it GMO free? I have a hard time finding mayo without canola (sorry for the misspelling) oil in it… Anyone make it homemade?


    Laura Reply:

    I either buy my Hain Mayo from Amazon or through Vitacost. Shucks, I assume it is GMO free, but I am not entirely sure.


    Ashley Reply:

    Thanks for the reply! Hmm I’ll have to look that up after church tonight


    Ashley Reply:

    Well I couldn’t find Hain’s at Earth Fare, and I’m one of those
    lazy people that doesn’t buy much food on the internet :/ I
    did find an organic brand, but it has soy in it blah I still
    bought it though, and told myself at least it’s organic soymilk…

    Ashley Reply:

    Yay I found it! And it DOES NOT have soy in it :D Yay!!!!!!!

  10. Karen Dee says

    Now that you mention it, I like plain egg salad and plain meat salad. I would not put the eggs in your recipe.


  11. Jen says

    I definitely like eggs in my chicken salad. I don’t really have a recipe… I just wing it. :) Usually it includes chicken, hard boiled eggs, mayo (homemade), mustard, pickle juice, celery, onion, garlic powder, a dash or two of non-GMO soy sauce, tarragon from the garden, curry powder, dill, salt, and pepper. YUM!!! I’m going to try the pita bread soon!


  12. Tiffany Stinson says

    Have you ever tried fruit in the chicken salad? We have also used plain greek yogurt if someone we are feeding has an egg allergy. Our recipe is:
    -Boiled chicken breast (shredded)
    -Mayo (or plain greek yogurt)
    -Sweet Relish
    -Grapes (sliced)
    -Pinneapple (chopped)
    -Apples (chopped)
    -Celery (choped)
    -Little bit of onion and garlic powder

    We al so eat out on homemade crescent rolls :)

    Do you have a good recipe for crescent rolls?


  13. Lisa says

    I love boiled eggs (the white) in all salads and definitely chicken salad!! Homemade bread scares me!! But I think I may try your one hour rolls. Thx!!


  14. Becky says

    In my chicken salad, you will find loads of fresh parsley, maybe some fresh tarragon, finely, finely chopped celery, and usually sunflower seeds on top!


  15. Lori says

    We love grapes in our chicken salad. My recipe is just cooked chicken, mayo, lemon juice and green grapes. I cut the grapes over the salad with scissors (pointed down) so I can catch as much of the grape juice as possible. Why waste that good juice?


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