This is seriously and by far THE BEST Chicken Salad Sandwich! Tender chicken with a creamy dressing of mayo, Greek yogurt, and pickle relish, with fresh herbs and seasonings, crunchy celery and pecans all on hearty toasted bread – it doesn’t get much better than this!
I just love a good chicken salad sandwich. Sure there are lots of restaurants that make them, but there’s nothing like fresh homemade. You can make a big batch of the salad and munch on it all week on toasted bread, croissants, in a tortilla wrap or with crackers. It’s great for picnics or potlucks, too. Whip up a big batch and load up some mini croissants or sandwiches cut into quarters.
The best chicken salad sandwich starts of course with the filling. There are a lot of ways you can make chicken salad, but I love mine savory and with fresh herbs and some pecans for crunch. So good!
WHAT KIND OF CHICKEN IS BEST FOR A CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH?
You’ve got to start with tender, juicy chicken breast. You can get this by cooking it yourself using my foolproof shredded chicken recipe, or pluck the meat off of a store bought rotisserie chicken. Either way is fine.
If you don’t have cooked chicken on hand, you could also simply boil the chicken breasts for 20-30 minutes or until fully cooked. Be careful not to overcook your chicken or it be dry and stringy.
Another option would be to use leftover chicken that you may have from dinner the night before. My Baked Chicken Breasts are excellent in chicken salad!
Chop the chicken breast into bite sized pieces or shred into small chunks.
HOW TO MAKE THE DRESSING FOR A CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH
Next up is the dressing. This chicken salad sandwich recipe calls for both mayo and plain Greek yogurt, but you could use all mayo or all Greek yogurt, or substitute sour cream for the Greek yogurt. The mayo adds a real creaminess and I recommend using it if you don’t mind it.
To make the dressing, combine the mayo and Greek yogurt with dijon mustard, pickle relish, fresh minced parsley (dried will work in a pinch), paprika and garlic powder.
Stir in sliced green onions, diced celery, chopped chicken and pecans.
Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking. If it’s too dry for you, add a little more mayo or yogurt.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH
The best part of making your own chicken salad sandwiches at home is that everyone can get exactly what they want.
Add fresh grapes or diced apples, dried cranberries or cherries for a sweet version. (Omit the pickle relish for this).
For a more tangy salad, add more fresh lemon juice and throw in some lemon zest as well.
Use all plain Greek yogurt for a healthier version.
Swap out the pecans for your favorite nuts – walnuts, almonds or even sunflower seeds.
Toss in some more veggies like shredded carrots or zucchini.
¼ cupplain Greek yogurtcan sub sour cream or more mayo
1tablespoonfresh minced parsley
¼ teaspoondried dill
3thinly sliced green onions
¼ cupchopped pecanscan sub walnuts or almonds
Salt and pepper to taste
Whole grain wheat breador your favorite bread
Lettuce and tomatoif desired
In a large bowl, combine mayo, plain Greek yogurt, mustard, pickle relish, parsley, paprika and garlic powder.
Stir in shredded chicken, celery, nuts and green onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Toast your bread. Spread a thin layer of mayo on each slice (optional), then top one slice with lettuce(also optional). Scoop a generous helping of chicken salad on top of the lettuce and top with the other slice of toasted bread. Secure with toothpicks and cut sandwiches in half with a sharp knife.
Serve immediately, or wrap sandwiches in foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to four hours.
Recipe makes approximately 4 large sandwiches.Nutrition facts are for chicken salad only and do not include optional toppings or bread.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.