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Classic Chicken Salad

An easy chicken salad recipe loaded with apple, raisins, and walnuts. Use rotisserie chicken or canned chicken for a quick shortcut! Perfect for lunch on its own, atop a bed of lettuce or in a croissant.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 453 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 2 pounds cooked chicken shredded
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 large apples your favorite variety, peeled, cored and diced
  • cup raisins
  • cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the chicken in a large bowl and combine with the mayonnaise, stirring well to ensure that all of the chicken has been coated.
  2. Add the apples, raisins, walnuts and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss to thoroughly combine. The chicken salad can be served immediately or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute pear for the apple.
  • You can substitute halved grapes or dried cranberries for the raisins.
  • You can substitute other nuts (cashews or pecans would be great!) for the walnuts.
  • If you are doing a Whole30, Primal Kitchen mayonnaise is compliant.
  • This salad can be served immediately, but if you have time, refrigerate for at least 1 hour so the flavors can meld together.

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Classic Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 270mg12%
Potassium 495mg14%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.