Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

Last Updated on February 21, 2022 by Anne-Marie

Your family will love this chicken salad sandwich recipe! You'll love that this easy chicken salad recipe can be made in 30 minutes.

Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

Why this recipe works

This Easy Chicken Salad Recipe is for those of you who love chicken salad from the deli counter.

Not only is this chicken salad recipe tastier, it’s better for your pocketbook.

Don’t think you have the time? Well, this chicken salad recipe takes only about 30 minutes to make.

Plus, you control the ingredients! That means, if you’re gluten free, you know exactly what’s in this basic chicken salad recipe.

You don’t have to worry about gluten cross-contamination when you make your own!

Best of all, I’ll show you how to make this into a gluten free chicken salad sandwich recipe using GF bread!

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwich on a plate with tomato, lettuce, cutlery, and a glass of iced tea

Your family will love this easy chicken salad

I had no idea my daughter, Lucie, liked chicken salad. So, when I asked her to be my taste taster and try this simple chicken salad sandwich recipe, I was thrilled to find that she loved it!

Not only did she finish the chicken salad sandwich I made her, she made herself another one!

And then she finished off the leftovers the next day before I had a chance to!

For me, the best part of this Easy Chicken Salad recipe – besides being so simple to make – is the combination of Greek yogurt and my favorite mayonnaise plus the addition of the dried cranberries.

I also like that I usually have most of the ingredients in my refrigerator or pantry.

It’s just a matter of picking up a cup of plain Greek yogurt and a rotisserie chicken at my grocery store.

Overhead shot of a Chicken Salad Sandwiches on plates with tomato, lettuce, cutlery, and a glasses of iced tea with straws

What kind of chicken?

One grocery store rotisserie chicken gave me just enough for this simple chicken salad.

So, if you’re hoping for a leftover chicken leg, make sure to buy another chicken!

You can also grill up a few chicken breasts using this easy chicken marinade recipe.

Or use leftover chicken from these recipes:

Tips for making simple chicken salad

Celery: Make sure to finely chop your celery. My daughter said the celery was her favorite part of the chicken salad recipe.

I used a hand food chopper to finely chop the celery, which helped save time.

Relish: Sweet relish is just finely chopped up sweet pickles. So, if you don’t want to buy a bottle of relish, but like sweet pickles, use them instead.

Overhead shot of a Chicken Salad Sandwiches on plates with tomato, lettuce, cutlery, and a glasses of iced tea with straws. Served with floral napkins with extra bowls of chicken salad.

Mayo: I used an olive-oil based mayonnaise for this recipe since the brand I like is very tangy and goes well with the Greek yogurt. But you can use whatever type of mayonnaise you prefer.

Yogurt: You can use any type of plain Greek yogurt – full fat, low fat or non-fat.

Cranberries or raisins? Don’t like dried cranberries? You can leave them out or substitute raisins or sliced almonds.

Chill your salad

Make sure to chill the chicken salad for at least an hour so the dried cranberries have time to soften. It does make a difference.

Can you make a dairy free chicken salad?

If you’re dairy free, you can use some of this creamy vegan tofu sour cream recipe instead of yogurt.

And yes, most mayonnaise brands are dairy free. (Just check the label to make sure.)

How to serve chicken salad

Serve this chicken salad sandwich recipe with carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, and lettuce leaves.


Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

Your family will love this chicken salad sandwich recipe! This easy chicken salad recipe can be made in 30 minutes.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2-1/2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken meat
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 pieces gluten free bread for serving
  • 6 lettuce leaves for serving


  1. Combine all ingredients, except bread and lettuce, in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  2. Chill the chicken salad for at least 60 minutes.
  3. Serve on gluten free bread with lettuce.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 832mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 31g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

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