Easy Chicken Salad Recipe with Eggs

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Let's make the best chicken salad recipe with eggs you've ever had. This is a super simple and easy recipe made with shredded chicken, eggs, apples, and walnuts. It's one of my family's all time favorite meals!

Every week as I plan our menu, our favorite chicken egg salad 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. 

While we love making Asian chicken salad for appetizers, we've pretty much stuck with this easy open-faced chicken salad sandwich for weeknight dinners.

Why You'll Love This Easy Dinner

  • It's got healthy, wholesome ingredients; and, like our favorite roast beef lettuce wraps, it's fairly low carb (without the bread), so it's a really healthy option for Dan, who usually eats it on a bed of lettuce or bed of spinach.
  • You'll love the crisp, tarty flavor the apples bring to chicken salad sandwiches.
  • Like this list of colorful salads, chicken egg salad can serve as the main dish at lunch or dinner; it can also serve as an appetizer with crackers or a side dish at a party or potluck.
  • This is one southern meal that's easy to make ahead of time or on the fly, especially when your chicken and eggs are already cooked.

Ingredients and Substitutions Notes:

You'll need just a few simple ingredients to make egg chicken salad.

  • Cooked Chicken – You can cook fresh chicken, or you can make this chicken salad recipe using canned chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. We've made this a canned chicken salad recipe many nights when we just didn't remember to get chicken out of the freezer. Leftover chicken also works well.
  • Hardboiled eggs – Probably the easiest way to boil your eggs is to put them 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 it also poaches eggs. Finally, you can also boil eggs in the Instant Pot, which is super easy and simple to do, as well.
  • Celery – I prefer to finely mince this up really well and make it smaller. It adds a lot of crunch to chicken salad.
  • Apple – My grandma used to make her chicken salad with apples and pickles, and it was always so delicious.
  • Green onions – Again, it's all about flavor. All of these ingredients really meld together to create an amazing flavor to the salad.
  • Mayo and Mustard – If you don't have mayonnaise, you can use Miracle Whip; but we much prefer the flavor that real mayonnaise gives to chicken salad. Mustard just gives a little extra kick.
  • Chopped Walnuts – These are totally optional, and a lot of times, we'll substitute chopped pecans instead.
  • Bread – Again, this is optional. The best bread for chicken salad, though, is definitely sourdough. Toasted sourdough makes a delicious chicken salad sandwich.

Alternative Chicken Salad Ingredients and Variations

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 up dill pickles or sweet pickles to add into the ingredients. We love adding in dill pickle. I imagine bread and butter pickles or sweet relish would taste really good too.
  • Swap out the green onions for red onion; it gives a spicy kick to this southern chicken salad.
  • Instead of mayo, you can use Miracle Whip or plain Greek yogurt.
  • Instead of regular mustard, using Dijon mustard or stone ground mustard.
  • 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 egg salad recipe, it's sure to be a hit with your family. We usually have zero leftovers with this quick and easy meal. 

How to Make a Chicken Salad Recipe with Eggs

Before you mix up your classic chicken salad, you'll need to shred up whatever type of cooked chicken you're using and smash the hard-boiled eggs. You can boil, bake, or grill the chicken, 'til it's fully cooked; then after it's cooled just a bit, use two forks to shred the chicken.

Also, wash and chop the celery, green onions, and apple; and chop up the walnuts.

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

Now Mix up the Salad

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cooked 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

Then Make It into 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 egg salad with apples open-faced sandwich on white plate with hard boiled eggs on a small wooden cutting board

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

Should chicken egg salad be cold or warm?

I'll answer how to store it in the next question, but you can eat chicken salad while it's still warm from just making it… Or you can eat it cold from the fridge. It's delicious either way.

How should I store chicken salad with eggs?

It should definitely be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Chicken salad will usually keep for 2-3 days in the fridge.

Why do you put eggs in chicken salad?

We add hardboiled eggs to chicken salad because eggs give a little more oomph, a little more protein, a bit of a creamy texture, and a lot more flavor to chicken salad. They're also very filling. If you are intolerant to eggs or allergic to eggs, you can make chicken salad without eggs. However, just know that it won't quite be the same; it loses some of the texture and flavor that chopped up hardboiled eggs give to the salad.

What Do You Serve with Chicken Salad?

Chicken and egg salad goes great with so many things, but we usually like to eat it with lettuce and other raw vegetables like celery and carrots. We'll also sometimes add fresh fruit, like grapes or fruit salad on the side, or a helping of potato chips or cheese puffs.

Personally, I love to eat spoonfuls of chicken salad with tortilla chips; it's so good!

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

More Egg and Chicken Salad Recipes:

If you loved learning how to make this chicken salad, you'll love these other salad recipes too…

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open-faced chicken salad recipe with eggs sandwich with lettuce on white plate

Chicken Salad Recipe with Eggs

How to make the best chicken salad recipe with eggs. Simple and easy recipe with shredded chicken, apples, and walnuts. Family favorite meal!
4.92 from 25 votes
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Course: Burgers & Sandwiches, Salad Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken cooked and shredded
  • 4 large hardboiled eggs mashed
  • 2 stalks celery minced
  • 1 large apple diced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, hard-boiled eggs, celery, apple, walnuts, and green onions.
  • 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.
  • 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!

To Make an Open-Faced Chicken Salad Sandwich:

  • Toast a piece of sourdough bread or whatever type of bread you prefer.
  • Spread a layer of mayo or Miracle Whip.
  • Add a small pile of lettuce, and pile on the chicken salad to complete your chicken salad sandwich.

Notes

*You can cook fresh chicken, or you can make this chicken salad with canned chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken. You can boil, bake, or grill the chicken, 'til it's fully cooked; then after it's cooled just a bit, use two forks to shred the chicken.
How should I store chicken salad with eggs?
It should definitely be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Chicken salad will usually keep for 2-3 days in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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15 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Salad Recipe with Eggs”

  1. I haven’t made this yet, but really sounds good. One thing I like to do when using eggs and pickles is to use a box grater. Grate the eggs first then the pickles that way the pickles push any leftover egg out. The pickles come out easier than the eggs. Also grating the pickles gives you a little juice to mix in with the rest of the ingredients.

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  2. The list of gadgets, bowls, cutting boards et al is ridiculous!

    Boil your eggs in a quart-size pot, run them under very cold water or, if you want to be fancy then add ice cubes to cool eggs.

    Surely everyone has an old, well-loved cutting board! Not sure what/or you were trying be but your post isn’t worth pinning.

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    • 4 stars
      Lisa, I am sure your are probably a good cook and still know how to prep for a recipe or meal. Young people just starting to cook or old people like myself need assistance. I have always been told I am a great cook. As I get older I am getting forgetful. I will mash the eggs and then go to chop the celery and onions and I forgot the cutting board. Then I stare at the counter trying to remember what I need next. Oh yeah, I need a chopping knife, not a paring knife. Other times I just wiz through a recipe with no problem at all. Good days, bad days. Do I enjoy being this way, heck no. I will be 79 yrs old in two months. I have a friend 103 yrs old, and she is twice as sharp as I am. Sometimes it gets very frustrating.
      Back to prepping for a recipe or meal. I hope you never get like I am. I also hope you think twice before you open your trap to make fun of or insult someone. More and more posters are adding the prep items. If you do not like it, go somewhere else.
      Have a great day Lisa and please learn some manners….Granny Jean

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    • Old cutting boards can harbor salmonella in the cracks. (Mom was a food scientist that studied salmonella, and you can be sure she changed out cutting boards frequently, and eventually went with silicone sheets over the cutting board.)

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