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Simple Delicious Chicken Salad

Simple Delicious Chicken Salad

Elizabeth Tague
This is classic chicken salad with shredded chicken, celery, mayonaise, and seasonings.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Brunch, Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 377 kcal


  • Skillet
  • Stand Mixer with paddle attachment
  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Rubber Scraper
  • knife and cutting board


  • cups Chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lb Chicken Shredded
  • 2 Stalks Celery Finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Celery salt
  • Salt & Pepper To taste
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise or 1/2 Yogurt and 1/2 Mayo


  • In skillet, bring chicken broth to a simmer. Add chicken breasts and poach until cooked all the way through with no pink in the center, turning occasionally. Add additional chicken broth as needed to keep the chicken covered.
  • While chicken is poaching, wash celery stalks, removing any dirt. Finely chop celery and set aside.
  • Remove cooked chicken from skillet. Cut pieces in half, making them smaller for the mixer. Place chicken into the bowl of stand mixer and turn mixer on low. Keep mixer on until chicken reaches desired shred consistency. Do not overmix - the chicken will become mushy if you leave the mixer running too long.
  • Into mixing bowl with shredded chicken add celery, seasonings, and mayonnaise (or half mayonnaise / half greek yogurt if using). Using rubber scraper, mix until all ingredients are blended.
  • Keeps about 5-7 days in refrigerator.


If your chicken breasts are large, you can filet them to make them thinner so that they cook faster.  
Start with 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock and add more as needed.  You do not want the chicken to become dry on top so make sure the broth covers the top of the chicken.
If you don't have chicken stock, you can use water.  I use stock because it adds additional flavor to the chicken.
Watch the chicken carefully as it is in the mixer.  It can go from perfect shredded consistency to mush very quickly.  
To lower the calories,  substitute 1/2 cup of greek yogurt for 1/2 the mayonnaise.   
This recipe is great as it is but feel free to get creative and add other ingredients! Slivered almonds, chopped apples or sliced grapes would be a great addition. Or try chopped pecans and dried cranberries for a Cape Cod style chicken salad. 


Sodium: 695mgCalcium: 18mgVitamin C: 5mgVitamin A: 162IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 194mgCholesterol: 57mgCalories: 377kcalTrans Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 7gFat: 36gProtein: 11gCarbohydrates: 1gIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken Salad, Lunch, Brunch, Keto, Low Carb, salad, Sandwich
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