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A chicken salad croissant sandwich on a wooden cutting board with a bowl of chicken salad in the background.
Best Chicken Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This chicken salad recipe is super simple, but it is the best chicken salad you will ever make. The toasted almonds really make this special. It's great for sandwiches, salads or just serving with crackers.

Course: Lunch, Salads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic recipes, 30 Minute Meals, almonds, Mayo, Classic Sandwiches, boneless chicken breasts, Brunch
Servings: 6
Calories: 398 kcal
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • 4 cooked chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and toss or stir until the almonds are lightly browned. Remove the almonds from the pan and allow them to cool completely.

  2. Cut the chicken breasts into a few pieces. Place half the chicken pieces into a food processor bowl and pulse until the chicken is coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and repeat with the remaining half of the chicken pieces.

  3. Add the red onion and fresh parsley to the bowl with the chicken and stir until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Stir in the salt and mayonnaise and season with freshly ground black pepper.

  4. Use your hands to crush the toasted almonds into the bowl with the chicken salad and stir to combine. Refrigerate the chicken salad until you are ready to make the sandwiches or serve in a salad or as a snack.

Nutrition Facts
Best Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 594mg25%
Potassium 426mg12%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.