14 Chicken Salad Recipes to Make When You *Really* Don’t Feel Like Cooking Dinner
Everyone has a preconceived idea of what chicken salad is. Poached chicken, mayo, nuts, and fruit are probably the most common — WRONG! Chicken salad has come *so* far from the recipes of decades past. Now, we mix it up with ingredients like avocado (duh), curry, and sundried tomatoes. It can be served open-faced on toast, in a lettuce wrap, or even folded up in a flatbread. The possibilities are endless! For 14 chicken salad recipes that you can make for a quick dinner any night of the week, keep scrolling.
Italian Chicken Salad: Since this version is free of dairy and egg, you can take it with you on a picnic and not worry about it spoiling in the sunshine. Serve the masterpiece on crusty Italian bread and enjoy with a glass of your favorite rosé. (via The Kitchn)
Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing: Dried fruit and nuts are standard in most classic chicken salad recipes. What makes this one stand out is the excellent poppy seed dressing that’s simply irresistible. (via Julia’s Album)
Avocado Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps: Instead of loading yours with mayo, swap it for mashed avocado. This way, you’re adding more nutrients, and you still get that creaminess that you know and love. (via Whole and Heavenly Oven)
BLT Chicken Salad: Take your BLT experience one step further by turning it into your new favorite chicken salad recipe. Serve on slider-size Hawaiian buns for a crowd-pleasing appetizer. (via Lemon Tree Dwelling)
Waldorf Chicken Salad: Ahhh, the classic. There’s something about the juiciness of the grapes, crunch from the walnuts, and tenderness of the chicken. This homemade version is better than any you could order out — guaranteed. (via Jo Cooks)
“Cracked Out” Hot Chicken Salad: Cheesy warm chicken salad with chips on top? Sign us up! Smear it on a toasty croissant and prepare for a full-on food coma. (via Plain Chicken)
Curry Chicken Salad: If chicken curry is your favorite takeout meal, then you’ll love this chicken salad version. Make it in the morning before work, and when you get home, the flavor will be seriously on point. (via Jessi’s Kitchen)
Dill Chicken Salad: This simple salad is bound to be a staple in your recipe box from now on. (via Peace Love and Low Carb)
Easy Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad: The tzatziki base used here is a healthier and more flavorful alternative to mayo. Spoon onto a pita and top with extra herbs before digging in. (via Host the Toast)
Thai Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados: This Thai-inspired chicken salad has a tangy peanut sauce that we could honestly eat off of a shoe. Enjoy it in an avocado half for a filling dinner any night of the week. (via Spices in My DNA)
Pineapple-Pecan Chicken Salad: Roll up to your weekly girls’ night with this in hand. Arrange in the middle of a few sleeves of multi-grain crackers, and let the scooping commence. (via The Kitchen Is My Playground)
Chicken Salad With Apples and Cashews: There’s no lack of texture in this apple-studded chicken salad. It’s slightly sweet thanks to the addition of honey and mildly tart from apple cider vinegar. (via Five Heart Home)
Sundried Tomato Chicken Salad Sandwich: Brimming with intense flavors, this sundried tomato chicken salad is a feast for your taste buds. Complete your sandwich with spicy arugula and feta and a side of salt and vinegar chips. (via The Almond Eater)
Turmeric Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps: Anti-inflammatory turmeric, protein-rich Greek yogurt, and heart-healthy nuts are the nutritional powerhouses that flavor this chicken salad. (via Jar of Lemons)
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Paige is a blogger, food writer and culinary master from Louisville, Ky. She's a newlywed who's obsessed with dogs and renovating her 117 year old home. When she's not working on her blog — My Modern Cookery — you can find her binge watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S with a triple shot latte in-hand.