Chicken Salad Sandwich

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!

These chicken salad sandwiches are picnic perfect. Serve them up with other spring favorites like Best Ever Classic Macaroni Salad, chips and some delicious Texas Sheet Cake for dessert!

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THE BEST CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH RECIPE

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!

Two halves of a chicken salad sandwich stacked

WHAT KIND OF CHICKEN IS BEST FOR A CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Stir in sliced green onions, diced celery, chopped chicken and pecans.
  3. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking. If it’s too dry for you, add a little more mayo or yogurt.

Two halved of a chicken salad sandwich face up in a red gingham container.

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.
  • Add hard boiled eggs for added protein.

Two halves of a chicken salad sandwich stacked with a toothpick inserted in the top

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A chicken salad sandwich

Chicken Salad Sandwich

The BEST Chicken Salad Sandwich made with fresh herbs, crunchy pecans and more all on hearty, toasted bread for a delicious, protein packed lunch or snack.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 424kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup mayo more or less to taste
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt can sub sour cream or more mayo
  • 2 tablespoons pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 3 thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans can sub walnuts or almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Whole grain wheat bread or your favorite bread
  • Lettuce and tomato if desired

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

Recipe makes approximately 4 large sandwiches.
Nutrition facts are for chicken salad only and do not include optional toppings or bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 28gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 289mgPotassium: 286mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 185IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword chicken salad, chicken salad sandwich

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Kristin Maxwell

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.

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  1. Hi
    You mentioned lemon juice in the instructions, but don’t have it listed in the ingredient’s list.

    1. I ended up swapping out the lemon for pickle relish in my recipe, but neglected to remove it in the printed version.