Basic Chicken Salad

This chicken salad is one that my mother used to make.  Check out what you can do with the leftovers on my post The Versatile Chicken Salad.  Or simply go to the recipes for Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole or Poblano Chicken Casserole.

Basic Chicken Salad

A versatile chicken salad

Course Salad
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Chicken Salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 138 kcal


  • 5 cups Chicken Breast Cooked, boned and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 cup Celery Chopped small
  • 1/4 cup Onion Chopped very small
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • Garlic Powder To taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.

  2. Cover bowl and allow flavors to meld for at least 2 hours.

Recipe Notes

  • If you have a Costco near you, the rotisserie chicken breast is exactly five cups for this recipe.  I use this often when I don't feel like roasting or boiling chicken breasts.
  • You can use light mayonnaise, but I use the original Hellman's Mayonnaise.  You can save some calories and fat this way.
  • If you like a little more mayonnaise, add it in.  Some people like more, some people like it barely there.
  • If you don't like as much onion, lower the amount to about 1/8 cup.
  • I use Paula Deen's House Seasoning that I always have on-hand instead of individually using the salt, pepper and garlic powder.  I then lightly cover the whole mixture in the bowl and that seems to be the right amount to my taste.  Maybe a teaspoon or so.
  • Eat plain or on lettuce or in a large wedged tomato.  If you have found breads like ThinSlim, Sola or other lite breads that fit into your carb counting, then by all means, this works great as a sandwich too.
Nutrition Facts
Basic Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 143mg6%
Potassium 258mg7%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Iron 1mg6%
Calcium 6mg1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Vitamin A 63IU1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Until next time…



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