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Easy Chicken Salad Recipe for a Crowd!

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Are you wanting to make chicken salad for a lot of people? This simple recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It is so versatile. It can be served at home, birthday parties and at potlucks just to name a few. And this easy chicken salad recipe for a crowd takes little time to prepare. Another great thing about this recipe is that it can be a frugal main dish with some planning.

Easy Chicken Salad Recipe for a Crowd!

Easy chicken salad recipe

Chicken salad has been a favorite of mine for years. And it is a go to when I am looking for something simple and quick to make.

I wanted to have a non-expensive and easy chicken salad recipe that I could make for any occasion. I am sharing my favorite chicken salad recipe that fits both of these things.

One thing I love about chicken salad is that you do not have to use only one type of chicken. I usually use boneless skinless chicken breast. But you can also use other types such as rotisserie chicken. It is nice to be able to use whatever type I may have on hand at the time I plan on making it. Helping it to be very cost effective. Preventing me from having to make an extra trip to the store and spending more money.

In this recipe a serving size is 1/2 a cup of chicken salad. You could increase it to 3/4 a cup for an even heartier serving.

Tasteful tips

The first time I tried chicken salad with red grapes in it, it became my favorite kind. To me, it gives it a little bit of extra taste and crunch to it.

Also, when it comes to taste, I have found that sometimes the mayonnaise taste can be a little overpowering, taking away from the other ingredient’s taste. If this happens, I add a couple of very small splashes of pickle juice to help decrease some of the extra mayonnaise taste.

Ingredients for chicken salad

These are simple ingredients that you may already have on hand. Helping to make it a more frugal option for a main dish. This recipe makes twenty 1/2 cup servings.

Here are the ingredients I include in my chicken salad recipe for a crowd.

  • 8 Chicken breast
  • 3 cups of water-possibly more
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2-3 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Red grapes-cut into quarters-as many as you like

Items needed

  • Skillet
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Kitchen scissors
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 cup
  • Airtight container


  1. Place chicken into a skillet.
  2. Add water, salt and pepper to skillet.
  3. Over medium heat cook chicken completely through and there is no pink.
  4. When finished turn off skillet remove chicken and let it cool.
  5. Using kitchen scissors, cut chicken into small pieces.
  6. Add the chicken, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and red grapes into a large bowl.
  7. Stir the chicken mixture well with a spoon.
  8. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Added notes

When I make this easy chicken salad recipe from scratch, I use a covered lid while cooking it. It helps to decrease the amount of cooking time.

I also at times need to add more water to the skillet as it is not always enough. Be sure to keep a close eye on your chicken as you cook it. Making sure it does not overcook and become tough in texture.

This is a great recipe to have the next day for lunch or dinner also.

If cooked chicken detours you from making this dish because of the time to cook it, canned chicken is an option as well.

This is a simple from scratch recipe. Are you wanting to learn to cook from scratch? Please check out Learning to Cook from Scratch for Beginners, 17 Easy Tips!

Q & A for chicken salad

  • What to serve chicken salad on?

There are many different ways to serve chicken salad. You can serve it on a bed of lettuce, make it into lettuce wraps, put it on a croissant, a roll or have it on sandwich bread of your choice. It can also be enjoyed by itself.

  • What to serve with chicken salad?

This is a simple dish that can be accompanied by a variety of options. Some to consider serving with your chicken salad are potato salad, pasta salad, fruit and veggies.

  • Can I use leftover chicken to make this easy recipe?

Absolutely you can use leftover chicken. For example, did you make a recipe that called for shredded or diced chicken? If you have some leftover, turning it into chicken salad is a great way to put it to good use. This is also ensuring to not waste any of the chicken.

  • How can chicken cook faster?

To help chicken breast cook faster, try cutting them into thin slices.

  • What are some other ingredient ideas to use in chicken salad?

There are several different ingredients that may be used when making your chicken salad. This is one reason why I love it. It is nice to adjust the recipe sometimes to make it how others like it best.

Some ingredients include red or green onions, fresh herbs, walnuts, eggs and celery.

  • What can be used in place of mayonnaise in chicken salad?

One option that could be used when making chicken salad in place of mayonnaise is plain Greek yogurt. You could also use part mayonnaise and part plain Greek yogurt.

  • Can you freeze chicken salad?

If you are using mayonnaise in your chicken salad, I have found that when freezing it, the sooner I use it the better the taste tends to be.


This homemade chicken salad can be served as a simple main dish at home or at events such as baby and bridal showers. It is such a classic recipe that is loved by many. With as many options as there are to pick from for ingredients, everyone is sure to enjoy it.

What are your favorite ingredients to add to chicken salad? Please share in the comment section. Thank you for reading.

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