Homestyle Chicken Salad


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When I was a kid, my grandma would make this homestyle chicken salad that was not only amazingly tasty but super easy. So, of course when I need an easy and yummy lunch I can rely on, of course I turn to her recipe.

Made with fresh chicken and a fun twist you might not expect, this chicken salad is just reliably tasty–and sometimes that’s the best thing you can ask for.

Homestyle Chicken Salad next to a pickle in a black bowl with a fork next to it

Oh, you need to know this surprise element? Yeah–you need to know it.

It’s pecans. Or apples. That grandma was a crazy one sometimes.

But primarily, it’s chopped pecans. You won’t believe the subtle flavor change that hands down to your chicken salad–this smokey soft vibe that you can really dig. And a tiny bit of texture that’s really unique.

And if you go the way of the apple? It’s a whole new dish, all crisp and crunchy with a burst of wow.

a closeup of Homestyle Chicken Salad next to a pickle in a black bowl with a fork next to it

What You Need To Make Homestyle Chicken Salad

This is one of the first recipes I learned to make as a child. So, if you can follow some basic cooking instructions, you can make some homestyle chicken salad just like grandma used to make. Here’s what you need:

bowls of ingredients needed to make homestyle chicken salad
  • 2 Whole Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Celery
  • 1/8 cup Chopped Pecans (or Chopped Apple)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pickles
  • 1 cup Cubed Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Chives
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 cups Water (to boil the chicken in)
a fork holding some Homestyle Chicken Salad above more chicken salad next to a pickle in a black bowl

How to Make This Homestyle 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.

Step 2

Combine shredded chicken, celery and seasoning.

shredded chicken and sliced celery in a glass bowl next to bowls of mayonnaise and chopped chives

Step 3

Add in chives.

chopped chives being added to shredded chicken and sliced celery in a glass bowl next to a bowl of mayonnaise

Step 4

Add pecans or apples–whichever you choose. My grandmother even used to add sliced grapes on occasion.

pecans being added to the homestyle chicken salad mixture in a glass bowl

Step 5

Add mayonnaise, seasoning and stir to combine.

a person stirring  the homestyle chicken salad mixture in a glass bowl

I like to serve with crackers or on a sandwich–although it’s great all by itself on a fork with a pickle for a side!

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 lunch recipes board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

a collage of Homestyle Chicken Salad next to a pickle in a black bowl either with a fork in it or next to it with title text reading Homestyle Chicken Salad
Yield: 4 Servings of Chicken Salad

Homestyle Chicken Salad

Homestyle Chicken Salad

I adore how easy it is to make a fun homestyle chicken salad and how fast I can have lunch on the table with this heirloom recipe!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Whole Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Celery
  • 1/8 cup Chopped Pecans (or Chopped Apple)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pickles
  • 1 cup Cubed Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Chives
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 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. Combine shredded chicken, celery, chives, pecans and seasoning.
  5. Add mayonnaise, seasoning and stir to combine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 1170mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 27g

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