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Glass bowl of Simple chicken salad seasoned with spiced mayo and loaded with crunchy goodness of apple, celery and onion

Simple Chicken Salad

Not all meals need to be complicated and this simple chicken salad recipe proves that. It is a great way to use leftover chicken. It is not only great for a weeknight meal when you are short on time, but also makes for a great brunch or picnic food. Add some bubbly or a nice Rose and you are set. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 374kcal
Author Ashley


Chicken Salad:

  • Rotissiere Chicken partial or whole chicken will work
  • 1 large stalk celery thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 apple diced
  • ½ cup mayo (you may need more depending on amount of chicken and how “wet” you like your salad)
  • tsp Dijon mustard


  • ½ tsp cumin seed
  • ¼ tsp anise seed
  • <1/4 tsp mustard seed
  • few coriander seeds


  • Remove chicken meat from carcass if not already done so. Pull/shred the meat with your fingers as you pull it off bones. You can chop it further with a knife if you want the pieces smaller.
  • Put chicken in large mixing bowl. Add in chopped onion, celery, and apple.
  • In another small bowl put the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and spices. Stir to combine. Taste and then season with any additional salt and pepper desired.
  • Mix mayonnaise mixture into chicken mixture. Stir until combined adding more mayonnaise if chicken salad seems to dry.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.