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Chicken Salad: Classic Recipe, Tricks and 6 Flavorful Variations to Try

Chicken Salad: Classic Recipe, Tricks and 6 Flavorful Variations to Try


For the chicken salad

Chicken (breast, spindle and thigh)

L’chicken salad it’s a cold dish of Anglo-Saxon origin which has now become a great classic of our local culinary tradition. It is a world famous recipe based on crispy salad and cooked chicken, left to cool and frayed, flavored with Mayocapers and lemon wedges.

Perfect to bring to the table on the hottest days, when you want something fresh and light without staying too much in the kitchen, it can be comfortably prepared the day before and served for brunch on Sunday, for a buffet aperitif or for a fast lunchbut equally tasty: you just have to season it at the last moment with a home made (or ready-to-use) mayonnaise and that’s it.

You can make the salad with boiled chicken or cooked in a pan (we did it both ways). In the first case you can opt for the cut of meat favorite: spindles, thighs, thighs… Otherwise we suggest you choose the breast: a few minutes on a hot plate and it will be ready. Whatever your preference, buy a top quality one, if possible biological and raised on the ground.

Clever idea to recycle the leftover roast chicken from the previous evening, the salad, with the addition of boiled potatoes or croutons, turns into a complete and well balanced single dish.

Find out how to prepare chicken salad by following the step by step procedure and advice. If you liked this recipe, try your hand at other tasty variations too.

How to make chicken salad

For the boiled chicken: heat abundant boiling vegetable broth in a saucepan, immerse the melted chicken and the chicken thigh, and let it cook for about 1 hour from boiling. Then drain the meat with a slotted spoon 1 on a flat plate, let it cool and remove the skin.

Bone the chicken, shred it with your hands and let it cool completely 2.

For the grilled chicken: Place the chicken breast on a hot non-stick pan and grill well on both sides 3.

Once cooked, remove the chicken from the heat, transfer it to a cutting board, cut it into strips 4 and let it cool.

The boiled and grilled chicken will need to be cut into pieces of roughly the same size 5.

Make the mayonnaise: pour the egg into the glass of a mixer and add the seed oil 6.

Combine the mustard and lemon juice, season with salt and blend everything for a few moments until you get a smooth and fairly thick mayonnaise 7.

Make up the salad: rinse the lettuce under running water, dry it thoroughly and place it in a large, low pan 8.

Place the boiled and grilled chicken on top 9.

Season the salad with a few tablespoons of mayonnaise 10.

Stir to flavor the ingredients 11.

Add a few slices of lemon 12.

And the desalted capers 13.

Stir again quickly 14 and transfer the salad to a serving dish.

Bring to the table and serve 15or keep the chicken salad in the fridge until serving time.


Chicken salad can be seasoned in many different ways and enriched with the most varied ingredients according to personal taste. You can blend the mayonnaise with capers, anchovies, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper, and prepare a quick and appetizing tuna sauce, or you can replace it with tzatziki or a yogurt dressing flavored with fresh mint leaves, with a ranch sauce or curry, or simply with a vinaigrette, a citronette or a splash of balsamic vinegar. If you wish you can add 1 boiled egg crumbled, halved datterini tomatoes, thinly sliced ​​spring onion and sliced ​​olives.

Chicken salad: the best variations

L’chicken salad it’s a really versatile dish: once the main ingredient has been placed, the most varied ingredients can be added to the recipe. Starting with the most famous chicken salad in the world, Ceasar, you can indulge yourself in creating delicious variations and original, which include vegetables, fruit or even other types of meat. If you are looking for one light recipe, the chicken salad with crunchy vegetables is perfect, but if you want to surprise your guests we suggest you opt for the Brazilian variant. So here are 6 variations of the simple and delicious chicken salad, and all to try.

1. Chicken salad with crunchy vegetables: the recipe for a light and tasty take away lunch

Chicken breast and vegetable salad

L’chicken salad with crunchy vegetables it’s a healthy single dish and rewarding, ideal for the summer season. The pollosimply grilled, is accompanied to verdure as soon as sauté in a pan so that they keep their bright color, crunchy texture and their precious nutritional supply. To make everything even more delicious, the preparation is finally enriched with cubes of mortadella e toasted almonds. Simple and very fast, it can be put in the e transported everywhere: from the office to the beach, every occasion is the right one.

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2. Chicken and Watermelon Salad: The fresh and tasty salad recipe

Chicken and watermelon salad

L’chicken and watermelon salad it’s a second dish fresh, tasty and light. Perfect to be enjoyed for lunch or dinner during the summer season. A very simple recipe preparing in few minutes: you can keep it small splashes and take it comfortably to the beach or to the office, to recharge your batteries. A’quick and easy idea to creatively consume chicken and the queen of summer fruit: thewatermelon. An unexpected mix that combines sweetness and flavor in a very special culinary balance, without forgetting the crunchiness given by almonds. Here’s how to make the chicken and watermelon salad to perfection.

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3. Caesar salad: the recipe for the historic chicken salad

caesar salad recipe

The Caesar salad is a famous salad of Mexican originborn thanks to the ingenuity of Italian cook Cesare Cardiniwho apparently created this dish in the early 1900s trying to reuse someone kitchen leftovers. The resulting salad pleased his customers a lot and soon became popular, spreading widely also in the United States of America up to, later, even in Europe. It’s about a tasty dish and enveloping, made special in particular by two elements: crispy golden croutons and the historic sauce, a kind of mayonnaise with the addition of Worcestershire sauce. They now exist in the world numerous versions and variations of Caesar salad: we offer you the one completed with strips of grilled chicken breast, for a rich and complete final result. We advise you to use the inner hearts of the lettuce heads, which are more tender and crunchy, and ingredients of the highest quality. Find out how to do it by following our simple recipe step by step.

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4. Chicken and potato salad: the creamy and fresh recipe


The chicken and potato salad is a second course of creamy and rich in flavor, very simple to prepare. This chicken salad is enriched with the delicacy of blanched potatoes and the creaminess of a fresh homemade mayonnaise. Ideal for a quick lunch in the office or for a light dinner, the chicken and potato salad can be prepared in advance and stored before being enjoyed and is also excellent as a main dish when accompanied with white rice or curry flavored. A simple dish that convinces with its delicacy and that contains the right amount of proteins and carbohydrates: ideal for those who prefer a healthy diet without sacrificing taste. Do you already have your mouth watering? Follow our recipe!

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5. Brazilian chicken salad: the recipe for a rich and tasty single dish


L’brazilian chicken salado chicken salamiit’s a typical specialty of Brazil. Particularly rich and tasty, it is made from previously boiled or grilled chicken, peas, corn, olives and sliced ​​carrots. It is topped with a cheese sauce creamy, with an enveloping consistency, and finally garnished on the surface with potato chips, for a pleasant final crunchiness. Slightly tasteful bitter-sweetthanks to the addition of green apple, it is perfect to serve as according to o single dish on any occasion: from lunch on the terrace to a meal in the office, to a picnic in the park. Find out how to prepare it by following our simple instructions step by step.

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