Liven up your lunch with this tasty Southern Chicken Salad Recipe! Tender chicken is mixed with onion, celery, egg, and relish on top of a buttery baked croissant roll. Whether you make it into a sandwich, put it on some lettuce or just eat it by itself, this is the ultimate in southern comfort food!
Finding The Perfect Chicken Salad Recipe
Finding a good chicken salad recipe is like finding a great pair of blue jeans. It is something you can use all the time, for lots of different purposes. And it’s very comforting. I’ve found a Southern Chicken Salad recipe that is all of these things. Whether you want to make it ahead of time for lunches throughout the week, bring it with you on a picnic or serve it to friends and family during a party, this Chicken Salad Recipe will always be there for you. Just like your favorite pair of jeans!
What Makes It A Southern Chicken Salad?
Generally speaking, what makes this a “Southern” style chicken salad is that we are adding dill relish and a hard boiled egg to this recipe. This gives it that ultimate comfort food taste!
What Is The Best Bread For a Chicken Salad Sandwich?
One of the key ingredients that makes this a Southern Style Chicken Salad Sandwich is the bread we are putting it on. I think that bread is one of the most important (and often most overlooked) ingredient in any sandwich. For this recipe, we love to use a soft, buttery, croissant roll. Although I am a strong proponent of the croissant roll, there are other options as well. It would taste great on some nice thick, crusty homemade bread, bagel or multi-grain bread. For a low carb option, you could also wrap it up in some lettuce!
Speaking of lettuce, I always recommend lining your bread with a layer of lettuce (the softer and more buttery the better!). This way, the chicken salad doesn’t seep into the bread and make it soggy.
What Is The Best Chicken To Use For Chicken Salad?
For this recipe, I would either use a Roasted Chicken or a Poached Chicken. In fact, you best bet is to probably just go out and grab a rotisserie chicken. Then it will already be cooked and ready to go! But, if you want to stick with white meat chicken breast, then Roasting it or Poaching (boiling) it is the best way to go!
We often cook our chicken in an Instant Pot, which always works out great. It is quick, easy and the chicken turns out perfectly every time!
What To Serve This With
- COPYCAT CHEESECAKE FACTORY MAC & CHEESE
- BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH APPLES
- SCALLOPED POTATOES
- ROTINI PASTA SALAD
- MEXICAN FRUIT SALAD
- 5 CUP FRUIT SALAD
While this recipe makes enough Chicken Salad for about four sandwiches, you could always double the ingredients to make more if need. Also, don’t forget to add the salt and pepper to taste. For recipes like this, the right amount of salt and pepper can make all the difference. And, lastly, it’s best to use a SUPER large mixing bowl for all these ingredients. We suggest this one that is light, durable and comes with a cool handle that helps you grip it!
What Ingredients Will You Need
- chicken, cooked and chopped or shredded
- red onion, finely chopped
- diced celery
- dill relish
- real mayonnaise
- hard boiled egg
- salt and pepper
- fresh spinach or lettuce (optional)
Southern Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe
Liven up your lunch with this tasty Southern Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe. Tender chicken mixed in with lots of goodies on top of a buttery baked croissant roll.
- 2 cups chicken cooked and chopped or shredded
- 3 tablespoons red onion finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons diced celery about 1 stalk
- 1 tablespoon dill relish
- 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
- 1 hard boiled egg
- salt and pepper
- 4 croissants
- fresh spinach or lettuce optional
Cook chicken. We love to use our Instant Pot for recipes like this.
Peel the egg and discard the shell. Dice the egg, using a slicer.
In a mixing bowl, add chicken, red onion, celery, relish, mayonnaise, egg and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
Add spinach or lettuce to a croissant and top with chicken salad and serve.
Makes enough for 4 sandwiches.