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Southern Chicken Salad

| July 15, 2013 | 5 Comments

Chicken Salad Recipe on Taste of Southern.com.
Follow these step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions for making our old-fashioned, homemade Chicken Salad recipe.  We’re making it from scratch, the way mama use to make it and you’ll find it’s pretty simple and easy to do.  It’s a true southern cooking favorite that makes a great sandwich for a quick and easy meal.  Printable recipe included.

 

Homemade Chicken Salad recipe.
Southern Chicken Salad Recipe:

One of the things I always loved to see mama place on the table was her homemade Chicken Salad.  I loved it… just loved it.  She always made a great big bowl of it several times a month.  It took a prominent place on that oval table most every Sunday and I always enjoyed sandwiches the next day, if any of it happened to be left.  Did I mention that I loved it?

As good as mama’s Chicken Salad was, one of my fond memories of this dish growing up took place before I became a teenager.  We lived about two miles from the middle of downtown for our city.  Most Saturdays, mama would have me “call a cab” (taxi) to take us downtown for an afternoon of shopping.  On a good Saturday, mama would give me enough money to visit one of the local Drug Stores while she went shopping in the ladies clothing store.

This particular drug store had a small area where they sold the best Coca-Cola I’ve ever tasted and a very tasty chicken salad sandwich.  The Coca-Cola was served in a cup with very finely crushed ice and a small straw.  They never put lids on top as I recalled.  The soda fountain wasn’t very large but I will always remember how great those Coca-Colas and their sandwiches were to me.

The Chicken Salad sandwich would be served on toasted bread with a scoop of the meat pressed in between.  Then, they would wrap it in wax paper, place it in a small brown bag, and I’d be out the door.  Most of the time I’d just stand outside the store enjoying my cold soda and that delicious sandwich as other folks walked by.  It was so very good, especially to this youngster.

Mama’s chicken salad was a bit different.  She would always make it using her own special sweet pickles and the juice from the pickle jar.  I”m fully convinced it was those pickles and their juice that made many of mama’s dishes so very special to us all.  It was very sweet and she used it in her chicken salad, potato salad, deviled eggs and other dishes.  I’ve said it before but, I keep thinking maybe one day we can actually bring mama’s sweet pickles to market.  They were just that good to me.

So, I do hope you’ll give our recipe for Chicken Salad a try.  There are a ton of recipes for making it all over the internet with all types of variations.  We grew up pretty simple I guess so ours may seem pretty basic.  It’s just the way I like it and I hope you will too.  Ready to get started?  Then… Let’s Get Cooking.

Southern Chicken Salad, ingredients you'll need.
Southern Chicken Salad Recipe:  You’ll need these ingredients along with one boiled egg.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, you'll need some cooked chicken of course.
You’ll need some cooked chicken of course.  I covered the basic process of boiling chicken in my Southern Chicken Pastry recipe that I posted here on Taste of Southern.  If you need some more instructions on doing that, check out that information here:  Southern Chicken Pastry Recipe.  I cooked a whole chicken and used half to make the pastry and the other half for this Chicken Salad.  This is probably about four cups of cooked chicken all together.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, cut up the chicken.
Cut the chicken up into small pieces.  You can make this as chunky or as fine as you like.  You could even pulse it a few times in your food processor if you wanted.  I like it a little more along the chunky side so I just chopped it up with a knife.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, place the cutup chicken in a large mixing bowl.
Place the cutup chicken in a large mixing bowl… something with plenty of stirring room.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, slice the celery.
Wash the celery stalk under cold water and slice it into very thin slices.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, mince the celery.
Chop the celery up into a small mince size.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, add celery to the bowl.
Place the celery in the mixing bowl with the chicken.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, chop the onions and pickles.
Dice up the onions and the pickles.  These are sweet pickles that I make each year using mama’s recipe.  They are very sweet and have been a family favorite forever.  If you don’t have sweet pickles, use a sweet type pickle relish instead.  I also pour some of the juice from the jar into the mixture.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, add onions and pickles.
Place the sweet pickles (or relish) and the onions in the bowl.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, add the mayonnaise.
Add the Dukes Mayonnaise.  You might want to start out easy with the mayo and, add more later as you see you need it, to get a good consistency.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, add sugar if desired.
You could add a little sugar if desired, kind of depends on how sweet your relish or pickles might be.  Again, you can always add this at the end once you get it all mixed together if you decide you want it.  You’ve probably heard me say it before but, mama added a little sugar to almost every thing it seems.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, add the salt.
Add the Salt.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, add the black pepper.
Add the Black Pepper.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, add the mustard.
Add the Mustard.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, dice the boiled egg.
Chop up one boiled egg into very small pieces.  I could never just boil one egg at a time so I have the other one with a little salt and pepper while I’m working.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, add chopped egg if desired, its optional.
Add the boiled egg.  I think mama made it sometimes with and, sometimes without, the egg.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, stir it well.
Stir it all up really good.  Now’s the time to do a taste test and see if you need a little more salt, pepper, mayo or anything else.  It will get a little more moist after its been in the refrigerator for awhile.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, cover and refrigeratre.
Cover the Chicken Salad and refrigerate it for an hour or two prior to serving.  This will allow the flavors to come together better.

 

Southern Chicken Salad, serve and enjoy.
Serve it up and enjoy!

Chicken Salad will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days if covered and properly cooled.  Serve it as a main dish item, on a bed of lettuce or toast up a couple slices of bread and enjoy a delicious Chicken Salad Sandwich.

 

Southern Chicken Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 Servings

Southern Chicken Salad

Follow these step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions for making our old-fashioned, homemade Chicken Salad recipe. We're making it from scratch, the way mama use to make it and, you'll find it's pretty simple and easy to do. It's a true southern cooking favorite that makes a great sandwich for a quick and easy meal. Printable recipe included.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of cooked chicken
  • 1 cup Celery, minced
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Sweet Pickle Relish
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 Boiled Egg, chopped fine.
  • ½ cup Onion, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Chop chicken as desired and place in a medium size mixing bowl.
  2. Wash celery stalks under cool water, chop very fine.
  3. Add chopped celery to mixing bowl.
  4. Add the chopped onions.
  5. Add sweet pickle relish.
  6. Add mayonnaise.
  7. Add a little sugar if desired.
  8. Add salt.
  9. Add black pepper.
  10. Add Mustard.
  11. Add the chopped boiled egg.
  12. Stir mixture well, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving.
  13. Serve cool and enjoy!
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  1. Anita says:

    I’m so glad I found this site because nobody understand what southern chicken salad is all about but u do and thank you this is how my grandma made it and I’m glad I found this one. Because everybody else was putting fruit in it . I lov it again thank u

  2. Deb says:

    Hi Steve, I found your website today because I happened to post on cooking black-eyed peas and found your field peas recipe and linked to it and your website in a comment back to a commenter asking how long to cook peas. So here I am perusing other recipes and love the sound of this chicken salad! My recipe is almost the same although I’ve never used an egg in mine.

    A little restaurant down the road from us specializes in chicken salad and grills their chicken so their salad has a grilled chicken salad taste. Very yummy, too.

    Thanks for your site. I’ll be back!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Deb, I’m very thankful that you found Taste of Southern and greatly appreciate the link from you website. I had to check it out of course, and loved the story about Granny and her baskets. She’s a lovely looking lady and I hope the sale turned out great. Looks like there is a lot of talent in your family and I hope our readers will check out your website as well. The grilled chicken salad sounds like it would be very tasty. Anytime we grill chicken around here, there is never enough left over to make chicken salad with it. Rotisserie chicken from the grocery store makes good chicken salad as well.

      Thank you for stopping by and I do hope you’ll continue to visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  3. Paula S says:

    I made chicken salad wraps for dinner last night (it has just been too hot to turn on the oven). I had roasted a chicken over the weekend and used the rest of it up.

    I tend to shred the chicken rather than cut it up. I, too, use onions, celery, eggs, just a touch of mustard, and pickle relish. I was raised in a house that was miracle whip only (I can hear the gasp), but last night I had just a little left in the jar so I subsidized it with duke’s that was leftover from a cookout a couple of weeks ago. If you use miracle whip you don’t have to use sugar. Besides the salt and pepper I also add some parsley — because I like it.

    I had three large tortilla wraps left over from another recipe that I wanted to use up so I placed the chicken salad, a quick red onion pickle that I got off the Internet, and a mix of arugula and butter lettuce over the chicken and rolled it all up. Cut the wraps in half and placed one diagonally to the other and it looked like something very chic (but it was just good ‘ol chicken salad).

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Paula, Thank you for sharing your story about the wraps. I’m sure yours were delicious and glad to know you found some Dukes to go with the chicken salad as I’m not sure you can actually make real chicken salad without it. (Smile) I appreciate you taking the time to share your comments and I hope you’ll come back for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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