Easy Open-Faced Chicken Salad Sandwich

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How to make the best open-faced chicken salad sandwich. Simple and easy recipe with shredded chicken, eggs, apples, and walnuts. Family favorite meal!

Every week as I plan our menu, our favorite chicken salad recipe with eggs usually always makes the cut. It's one of our favorite meals, and I love that we can make it with whatever type of chicken we have on hand, whether it's fresh, canned, or rotisserie chicken. 

open-faced chicken salad sandwich with lettuce on white plate

While we love making Asian chicken salad for appetizers, we've pretty much stuck with this easy chicken salad recipe for weeknight dinners. It's got healthy, wholesome ingredients; and it's fairly low carb, so it's a really healthy option for Dan, who usually eats it on a bed of spinach or lettuce.

I love the crisp, tarty flavor the apples bring to this dish. My grandma used to make her chicken salad with apples and pickles, and it was always so delicious.

This is one meal that's easy to make ahead of time or on the fly, especially when your chicken and eggs are already cooked.

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INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

First, you'll want to gather your ingredients. You'll need the following:

  • Cooked chicken – You can cook fresh chicken, or you can make this chicken salad with canned chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken.
  • Boiled eggs
  • Celery
  • Apple
  • Green onions
  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Chopped walnuts

Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Cutting Board and Knife

Large Bowl

Egg Cooker

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN SALAD FROM SCRATCH

Before you mix up your chicken salad, you'll need to shred up whatever type of cooked chicken you're using and smash the hard-boiled eggs. Also, wash and chop the celery, green onions, and apple; and chop up the walnuts.

ingredients for easy chicken salad recipe, including celery, green onions, apple, hard boiled eggs, and walnuts

Then you're ready to mix…

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, hard-boiled eggs, celery, apple, walnuts, and green onions. 
  2. Next, measure out the mayo and mustard, and mix it into the chicken mixture. If you like a “wetter” chicken salad, you can add more mayo.
  3. If you feel like it needs it, you can add in a dash of salt and pepper. Otherwise, it's ready to eat and enjoy! 
chicken salad with canned chicken or fresh cooked chicken mixed up in a blue bowl with a wooden spoon

MAKE AN OPEN-FACED CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH

I like to do the following, but you can change this up to make it your own.

  1. Toast a piece of sourdough bread (or gluten-free bread).
  2. Spread on a little Miracle Whip.
  3. Add a small pile of lettuce, and pile on the chicken salad to make the most delicious open-faced chicken salad sandwich recipe ever. It's so tasty and so good! 
chicken salad with apples open-faced sandwich on white plate with hard boiled eggs on a small wooden cutting board

HOW TO BOIL EGGS

There are a few different ways you can boil an egg.

Probably the easiest way is to put your eggs in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the pan to a boil over medium to high heat on your stove, and once it's reached a full rolling boil, set a timer and continue to boil for 6 to 8 minutes.

Another way you can boil eggs is with an electric egg cooker. This is quite the handy tool for making easy hard-boiled eggs, and I love that they also poach eggs.

Finally, you can also boil eggs in the Instant Pot, which is super easy and simple to do, as well.

MORE HARD-BOILED EGG RECIPES:

ALTERNATIVE CHICKEN SALAD INGREDIENTS

We've tweaked this recipe over the years. Sometimes we add things, other times we don't. 

Here are a few options for you to think about when mixing up the ingredients…

  • Mince a little dill or sweet pickle to add into the ingredients. We love adding in dill pickle. I imagine bread and butter pickles or pickle relish would be really good too.
  • Instead of mayo, you can use Miracle Whip or plain yogurt.
  • In place of walnuts, you can use pecans or almonds.
  • Add chopped up grapes for a yummy chicken salad with grapes.

However you choose to make this chicken salad, it's sure to be a hit with your family. We usually have zero leftovers with this quick and easy meal. 

chicken salad recipe with eggs on slice of sourdough with lettuce, on white plate

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Yield: 6

Easy Open-Faced Chicken Salad Sandwich

open-faced chicken salad sandwich recipe with hard boiled eggs

How to make the best open-faced chicken salad sandwich. Simple and easy recipe with shredded chicken, eggs, apples, and walnuts. Family favorite meal!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken*
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/2 cup mayo or salad dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 slice sourdough bread*
  • 1/2 head leaf lettuce

Instructions

  1. Shred up the already cooked chicken, and smash up the hard-boiled eggs.
  2. Also, wash and chop the celery, green onions, and apple; and chop up the walnuts.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, hard-boiled eggs, celery, apple, walnuts, and green onions.
  4. Next, measure out the mayo and mustard, and mix it into the chicken mixture. If you like a "wetter" chicken salad, you can add more mayo.
  5. If you feel like it needs it, you can add in a dash of salt and pepper. Otherwise, it's ready to eat and enjoy!
  6. To make the sandwich, toast a piece of sourdough bread or whatever type of bread you prefer.
  7. I like to spread a layer of Miracle Whip.
  8. Add a small pile of lettuce, and pile on the chicken salad to complete your open-faced sandwich.

Notes

*You can cook fresh chicken, or you can make this chicken salad with canned chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken.

*You can use whatever type of bread you have on hand, even gluten-free bread.

HOW TO BOIL EGGS

There are a few different ways you can boil an egg.

Probably the easiest way is to put your eggs in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the pan to a boil over medium to high heat on your stove, and once it's reached a full rolling boil, set a timer and continue to boil for 6 to 8 minutes.

Another way you can boil eggs is with an electric egg cooker. This is quite the handy tool for making easy hard-boiled eggs, and I love that they also poach eggs.

Finally, you can also boil eggs in the Instant Pot, which is super easy and simple to do, as well.

ALTERNATIVE CHICKEN SALAD INGREDIENTS

Here are a few options for you to think about when mixing up the ingredients…

  • Mince a little dill or sweet pickle to add into the ingredients. We love adding in dill pickle. I imagine bread and butter pickles or pickle relish would be really good too.
  • Instead of mayo, you can use Miracle Whip or plain yogurt.
  • In place of walnuts, you can use pecans or almonds.
  • Add chopped up grapes for a yummy chicken salad with grapes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 318mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 19g

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