Crack Chicken Salad


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Ok. Before you laugh, you really have to try this Crack Chicken Salad. It’s the best way to eat a chicken salad, hands-down. So simple and tasty, with just a little bit of zing that sets it apart from the crowd.

And the best part is that it’s so simple, you’re going to laugh at how “out there” the name is–because it makes this chicken salad sound insane. When, really, it’s the most genius way to eat chicken salad ever invented.

Crack Chicken Salad in a white bowl on a brown table next to a pastel colored cloth

Honestly, the best part about this recipe is how flavorful it is. You’ve got all the best parts of your traditional chicken salad, but then there’s a hint of ranch and some bacon. I am already drooling a little in my mouth.

I can’t wait for another lazy afternoon when the kids aren’t home so I can make another batch to enjoy all for myself. I mean, er–they’d love it, but the deal is, I just don’t want to share! LOL!

a fork holding some crack chicken salad above more salad in a white bowl on a brown table next to a pastel colored cloth

What You Need To Make Crack Chicken Salad

This is a very simple chicken recipe that’s no-fail. Seriously, anyone can make these, as long as you can follow some basic cooking instructions. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 Whole Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Ranch
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Celery
  • 1/8 cup Bacon Pieces
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pickles
  • 1 cup Cubed Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Chives
  • 4 cups Water (to boil the chicken in)
bowls of cubed cheese, chopped chives, mayonnaise, shredded chicken, bacon pieces, chopped pickles on a white background

How to Make This Crack Chicken Salad

Step 1

Add chicken and water to a medium sized pot over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook at a simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

Remove chicken from the stove and drain off the broth.

Using a fork and knife, or (which is my favorite way to shred chicken) grab your hand mixer and shred your chicken with it.

beaters being used to shred chicken breasts in a skillet

Step 2

Add shredded chicken, mayonnaise, celery and seasoning to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Add in cheese to the mixture.

cubed cheese being added to a glass bowl of shredded chicken, mayonnaise, celery and seasoning

Step 3

Then add bacon, pickles and chives.

bacon being added to a glass bowl of shredded chicken, mayonnaise, celery, cubed cheese, pickles, chives and seasoning

Step 4

Top with ranch and fold-in to combine it all.

ranch being added to a glass bowl of shredded chicken, mayonnaise, celery, cubed cheese, pickles, chives, bacon and seasoning

Step 5

Season as desired and enjoy!

pepper being added to a glass bowl of crack chicken salad

More Easy Chicken Recipes You’ll Love

If you love this easy chicken recipe, but you’re not quite ready to bust out your cutting board, just pin this to your favorite easy salad ideas board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

a collage of Crack Chicken Salad in a white bowl  with a fork in it on a brown table next to a pastel colored cloth with title text reading Crack Chicken Salad
Yield: 6 Servings of Crack Chicken Salad

Crack Chicken Salad

Crack Chicken Salad

Ok. Before you laugh, you really have to try this Crack Chicken Salad. It's the best way to eat a chicken salad, hands-down. So simple and tasty, with just a little bit of zing that sets it apart from the crowd.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Whole Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Ranch
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Celery
  • 1/8 cup Bacon Pieces
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pickles
  • 1 cup Cubed Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Chives
  • 4 cups Water (to boil the chicken in)

Instructions

  1. Add chicken and water to a medium sized pot over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook at a simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  2. Remove chicken from the stove and drain off the broth.
  3. Using a fork and knife, or (which is my favorite way to shred chicken) grab your hand mixer and shred your chicken with it.
  4. Add shredded chicken, mayonnaise, celery and seasoning to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Add in cheese to the mixture.
  6. Then add bacon, pickles and chives.
  7. Top with ranch and fold-in to combine it all.
  8. Season as desired and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g

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