This rotisserie chicken salad is made with savory chicken, crisp celery, juicy grapes, and crunchy almonds all smothered in a rich and creamy dressing.
The best part about this salad is how easy and affordable it is to make. Perfect inside a croissant sandwich, on top of a bed of greens, or inside a freshly-picked tomato!
Best of all, you can whip it up in just 15 minutes or less. This is my go-to chicken salad whenever I need something quick, easy and healthy.
How to Make Rotisserie Chicken Salad
1 fully cooked store-bought rotisserie chicken
1 cup celery (chopped)
1 cup seedless grapes (sliced)
1/2 cup almonds (sliced)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1. Dice 2 1/2 cups of rotisserie chicken.
2. In a medium bowl, whip cream until it forms soft peaks.
3. Combine diced rotisserie chicken, celery, grapes, almonds, parsley, salt, and mayonnaise with whipped cream. Chill.
4. Serve and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- Be sure to use heavy cream instead of regular cream. Heavy cream has more milk fat content, making it hold its shape longer.
- Do not use Cool Whip in place of heavy cream. Cool Whip contains sugar, and you do not want that kind of sweetness for this recipe.
- Be sure to toast the almonds for 4-5 minutes to bring out its rich and earthy flavor.
- What I love about this dish is how easily customizable it is. You can add as many toppings and herbs as you want to suit it to your liking. Some good additions include avocados, candied cashews, apples, walnuts, pecans, raisins, cucumbers, green onions, dried cranberries. You name it! Give it a little spice by adding some curry or cayenne pepper. Or how about some refreshing herbs? Try it with some thyme, rosemary, and oregano!
- While it’s called a salad, this recipe is hardly on the healthy side. But, you can make it a little lighter by using plain yogurt instead of mayo and fat-free whipped cream.
- Give your dressing some freshness by adding some dijon mustard and lemon juice. Those two ingredients make a big difference!
- While it’s tempting to eat this bad boy right immediately after making, give it some time to chill. This will allow the salad’s flavors to marinade further and therefore taste oh so better.
- And, since it is meant to be eaten cold, don’t use warm or freshly cooked chicken. Let your chicken sit on the counter or fridge for a while before making the salad.
- This recipe calls for rotisserie chicken, but leftover roasted chicken or turkey will work fine too. Try to stay away from canned chicken, though.
- A few tips when dicing your chicken: don’t just stick to the breast. Use all of that red and white meat to give your salad that wonderful savory flavor. Slice them into nice bite-sized chunks so they’re easy to eat.
- Rotisserie chicken salad will last for 3-5 days in the fridge. Just be sure to cover it well so it doesn’t absorb the scents and flavors of nearby food.
- Do not freeze rotisserie chicken salad. Sorry, folks, but it doesn’t do well in the freezer. Its creamy dressing will separate if frozen and thawed.
How To Serve Rotisserie Chicken Salad
We typically use rotisserie chicken salad as a sandwich filling, and for good reason. The creamy dish just tastes so delicious with bread. Whether it’s regular white bread, a warm croissant, or delectable pretzel buns, you can never go wrong.
This salad also tastes incredible as a filling to a tortilla wrap, or a topping to your favorite chips or crackers. But, if you’re trying to go easy on the carbs, you can wrap it in lettuce instead! It’s just as good minus all the guilt.
And finally, this salad also tastes wonderful on its own. Grab a spoon and dig in! No need for any accompaniments – it’s perfect just the way it is.
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