Chicken salad is the perfect easy recipe to make for dinner or a light lunch. But what do you serve alongside this yummy recipe? Read on for 20 ideas about what to serve with chicken salad.
Chicken salad is one of those super easy recipes that can usually be made in a pinch, with ingredients you already have sitting in your fridge and pantry. It is not only easy and versatile, it can also be served in a variety of ways.
It is the perfect addition to a salad and slides so perfectly between bread slices to create such a delish little cold sandwich! Whichever way you prefer to enjoy it or serve it to guests, you are going to need ideas about what to serve alongside it!
Read on for 20+ delicious recipe ideas so you know exactly what to serve with chicken salad!
FAQ About Chicken Salad
Chicken salad, once mixed, should be transferred to an airtight container before freezing. Thaw and enjoy within 3 months for best results.
To make chicken salad from scratch, combine cooked and shredded chicken, mayonnaise, pecans, raisins, cranberries and green olives in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
Chicken salad is most commonly served between two slices of bread in sandwich form. It can also be scooped over a leafy salad or stuffed inside a wrap, quesadilla or pita bread.
When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, chicken salad will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
Favorite Chicken Salad Recipe
Packed with so many great ingredients, this chicken salad sandwich could easily be called Pantry Sandwich! Delicious dinner or lunch option for any day of the week, your next easy meal will be ready in less than 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes for Chicken Salad
- Use meat from a Rotisserie chicken instead of from a can or shred a cooked or leftover chicken breast.
- Substitute the pecans for walnuts, pine nuts or sesame seeds. Nuts add a nice crunch to an already amazing chicken salad.
- Use a light mayo or Miracle Whip for a less dense sandwich, or replace mayo with plain Greek yogurt.
- Adding a dollop or two of sour cream is a great way to boost the flavor profile.
- Substitute the green olives for black olives or even chopped pickles or relish! Capers would taste amazing, too.
- Chicken can easily be replace with canned salmon or tuna.
- Any dried fruit will work great in this sandwich.
- 1/4 cup chopped celery can be added to the chicken mixture for an appealing crunchy texture.
- Adding fresh herbs such as chives, parsley or cilantro is always a great idea.
- Sliced red or green onions give this classic dish a nice zing.
- Add a few squirts of lemon juice for extra freshness.
- Bacon bits are a delicious, meaty addition.
- If you’re feeling indulgent, pour some Ranch salad dressing over the top before placing the top piece of bread in place.
Best Ways To Serve Chicken Salad
- Serve solo with a fork, over a few large lettuce leaves.
- It is most commonly served between two slices of bread as chicken salad sandwiches.
- Slice sandwiches into 2-inch cubes, creating chicken salad finger sandwiches.
- Spoon a scoop or two over a leafy salad or bed of lettuce.
- Stuff it into a light lunch wrap
- Add it to a cheesy quesadilla, creating a chicken salad quesadilla.
- Tuck it into some pita bread for a light lunch or dinner.
What To Serve With Chicken Salad – Best side dishes for a complete meal!
- Light or brothy soup such as chicken noodle soup
- Cream-based soup such as butternut squash soup with cream cheese
- Fruit platter or fruit salad
- Vegetable sticks or any fresh veggies served on a platter
- Cheese platter
- Leafy green salad
- Potato chips
- French fries
- Dill pickles
- Dinner rolls or baguette and butter
- Macaroni salad
- Potato salad
- Mac and cheese
- Pasta salad
- Rice salad
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