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Quick Chicken Salad

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This summer we spent a week on vacation with my parents.  While there, I helped my mom whip up a quick chicken salad one day for lunch.  We used canned chicken to make it because it was quick and convenient.  A vacation is suppose to be a vacation. So, we didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.  

It tasted so good, I had to come home and make a recipe with measurements and all to share with you. You need to have to cans of chicken to start. If you don’t want to use canned chicken, you can use 3 cups of cooked chicken instead.

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Next, these is some mayo mixed in there. Now that you have your creamy chicken base, it’s time for the mix in. This version includes red grapes, green onion, celery, and apple. If you’d like, you can also mix in some walnuts or cashews. My husband loves some cashews in there.

Now, you can always cook some chicken and use it in this recipe. But like I said, we made this chicken salad with canned chicken to make our life easy.  That is why I gave this recipe the name “QUICK” chicken salad.

Quick Chicken Salad | realmomkitchen.com

Quick Chicken Salad

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  • 2 12.5 oz cans of chicken (or 3 cups diced cooked chicken)
  • ¾ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 cup red grapes halved
  • 1 green onion diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • ½ cup diced apple
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pecans or cashews optional


  • In a bowl, combine the chicken, mayo, grapes, green onion, celery, apple, salt, and pepper.  Combine until well blended.
  • Serve on rolls, bread, or croissants sprinkle with some cashews or pecans.  This can also be served on a lettuce leaf.
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  24. I make this for my family all the time. How I am making it for my MOPS group. How many servings are in this recipe?

  25. I didn’t feel like cooking one night and was wanting to make something that was quick & easy. After having a sample of chicken salad at Costco using canned chicken I decided to look for a recipe. I found yours & it sounded good… It turned out delicious! It was better than I expected! I didn’t care for the chunky texture of the canned chicken so I just used me Chop n’ Stir to shred it up. I will be making this again. Thanks for sharing. ☺

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  29. I used 2 cans of 10 oz. Canned chunk chicken. I added almost a cup of Miracle whip, a touch of mustard and I chopped some zesty pickles instead of relish. I also finely chopped a little red onion, added mostly pepper, not salt because the canned foods usuallt have enough a
    ready, and I put in quite a bit of paprika. After tasting it, I decided to add just a touch of horseradish. After it sat for a few hours, it was amazing. I used the ingredients I had avsilable and made the recipe my own.

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  33. I was wondering if you knew approx how many sandwiches this would make if I put on rolls. That way I know whether to double or triple – I have a baby shower I’m using this recipe for. TIA!

  34. It is so easy to can your own chicken! Was very surprised myself first time. This makes it easier to pick a jar off the shelf to make the salad. Try it, you’ll like it! Just be sure to use a pressure canner for meat. Lots of guidance on the web for how – to.

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  36. We tried this out yesterday and it was amazing. My wife loved it, the kids could not stop eating and as you have said, it was very quick and easy to prepare. We also added cheese and it was just perfect. This is going to be a regular on our table. Thank you for this recipe.

  37. I know a restaurant owner who is famous for her delicious chicken salad recipes. This is almost EXACTLY the same as one of my favorites of hers! So yummy!

  38. Thanks for sharing this with us. We made this over the weekend and it was fabulous!
    It will be a regular in our house.

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  41. I have not made this exact recipe, but I have one my family loves that is very similar, the difference being adding a little pickle relish. I use the sweet and then you get that sweetened taste with the chicken salad. I serve on crescent rolls.

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  45. love how easy this recipe is to put together. made it exactly as written, however my family and i thought it was very bland. will have to play around with this recipe before i serve to company.

    1. I agree, it wasn’t as flavorful or as sweet as I expected. I added extra grapes and apples. My kids (16 and 8 yr old) loved it though… 🙂

    2. I make a very similar chicken salad but I use (a lot of) dill instead of green onion and I mix a little sweet honey mustard with the mayo for a bit more flavor. It’s delicious. 🙂

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  47. I want to use this delicious sounding recipe tomorrow. I will be serving 5 women and any left overs for my husband….how many does this recipe serve??? Please answer ASAP! Thanks!

  48. Hi! I like to add a little dill to mine. I love mine with extra grapes and I have also addes candied pecans. YUMMY!!

  49. This is really similar to my recipe, but I use Hellman’s Mayo and add several diced eggs to the mixture! Really yummy!!!

  50. This is very similar to the way I make mine. However, I don’t use celery or apple. I do add garlic powder and onion powder. I’ve also used walnuts before…super yummy! It’s GREAT inside a pita pocket, too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  51. Delicious recipe! Before adding apples, I soaked them in water with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

  52. I use a mixture of half mayo and half sour cream with some lemon squeezed. Mix it up and add your other things and it is soooo good!!

  53. This is basically how I make mine but without apples. Sooo yummy! I normally use rotisserie chicken or roast my own breasts when the split breasts go on sale, but canned chicken will definitely work, too! I love using croissants as a special treat!

  54. I just made these for lunch today and they were so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. They will be perfect for those 100 degree summer nights 🙂

  55. I love chicken salad. I will be giving this recipe a try this weekend, but I will be using my leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. What a great way to use up all those leftovers!

  56. Just saw this posted on Pinterest and it looks amazing – and easy, the best part. Not sure about the canned chicken part but our grocery store sells an awesome rotisserie chicken so I think I’ll substitute that. Thanks!

  57. This is exactly how I make my chicken salad (Except I usually use my own roasted chicken)! EVERYBODY in my family loves it, even my super-picky nine year old son. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  58. Believe it or not, i love canned chicken… lol This is just the way i like my chicken salad…… do you make your own mayo? You should try it sometime, i will never go back to jarred….. EVER!

    1. How do you make your own mayo? Can’t wait to try this recipe… might try it with Craisins too sometime. That sounds good as well. 🙂

  59. Chicken salad is an awesome way to use leftover chicken 🙂 I also like to use Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise for a different flavor.

  60. This is a yummy recipe but we tried using poppyseed dressing instead of mayo and it was amazing!!!! Just thought I would share this fun twist!!!