Chicken Salad Sandwich

By Rena Awada |

This Chicken Salad Sandwich is the perfect recipe for lunch or a light dinner! Loaded with texture and delicious flavor, it’s quick & easy to make with shredded chicken, grapes, and fresh veggies, all tossed together in a creamy dressing.

side shot of chicken sandwich stacked on each other with a side of grapes on the bottom left

Looking for a fast and simple way to get lunch on the table? Some of our favorite options include our healthy egg salad sandwich recipe, chickpea avocado sandwich, and this creamy and flavorful chicken salad sandwich.

You just can’t go wrong with a classic chicken salad sandwich – it’s a crowd pleaser, takes minutes to put together, and is a great way to use up leftovers. You can certainly buy chicken breast to make this salad, but using any leftover chicken you have on hand is also a great way to make this simple salad recipe.

This recipe has the perfect blend of sweet and savory, and is always a big hit!

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • So quick & easy: This recipe comes together in minutes. It’s just a matter of shredding your chicken, chopping the veggies, and mixing everything together. Easy, peasy!
  • Made healthier: Adding greek yogurt into the dressing decreases the fat and calories, and adds a boost of protein while keeping the salad nice and creamy. We also enjoy the salad served on healthy whole wheat bread instead of white bread for extra fiber.
  • Great for meal prep: The chicken salad for sandwiches keeps well and is great for meal prep! We like to make it at the beginning of the week and use it for sandwiches over the next several days, or snack on it just as is!
  • Kid-friendly: It’s creamy, tangy, and SO tasty! Even picky kids love it, whether it’s in a sandwich or on its own! We love that it’s satisfying and filled with healthier ingredients.
Chicken salad with grapes on whole wheat bread.

Ingredients needed to make this sandwich

  • Chicken: Looking for an easy way to cook chicken? Try air fryer chicken breastspoached chicken, or grilled chicken breasts. Rotisserie chicken is good, too. Make sure the chicken is cold before adding it to the salad.
  • Grapes: For ease, use seedless grapes, any color (green and/or purple). They are best for this recipe when they are still cold, straight from the fridge. If you use grapes with seeds, just remove the seeds as you slice them.
  • Celery: For crunch and added texture.
  • Green onions: For a pop of color and fresh flavor.
  • Fresh parsley: Just a sprinkle of chopped parsley is colorful and adds a nice herby flavor.
  • Greek yogurt: Along with the mayonnaise, plain greek yogurt acts as the base in this recipe. And adds delicious tanginess and some extra protein!
  • Mayonnaise: We’re adding mayo along with Greek yogurt to give the chicken salad that classic creaminess.
  • Dijon mustard: A touch of mustard pairs perfectly with eggs! Feel free to use another mustard you have on hand if needed.
  • Garlic: One minced garlic clove will add a balance of savory flavor.
  • Kosher salt & pepper: Season your salad to taste. Don’t skimp on the salt or your salad will taste bland.
  • Bread: Ideally, pick a healthy whole-wheat, seeded bread that has plenty of fiber. We love our Homemade Chia Seed Whole Wheat Bread for this chicken salad sandwich recipe.
Ingredients to make a chicken salad sandwich divided into portions.

How to make this recipe

  • Add prepared ingredients to a bowl: Place the shredded chicken, grapes, celery, onions, and parsley into a medium-sized bowl.
Shredded chicken, grapes, celery, onion and parsley added to a bowl.
  • Add wet ingredients and seasoning and mix well: Add yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.
Mixing together ingredients for chicken salad in a large bowl.
  • Assemble a sandwich! Serve with your choice of bread and enjoy!
Topping a slice of bread with chicken salad.

Tips for Success

  • What chicken to use? You can use freshly cooked chicken, leftover chicken, or rotisserie chicken for this salad. It’s fine to dice or shred the meat, although we prefer the texture of shredded chicken.
  • Low carb option: Instead of serving it on bread, try a keto-friendly wrap or add the chicken salad to a lettuce cup. You can even just eat the salad as it is. It’s so fresh and crisp!
  • Store any leftover chicken salad in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • We don’t recommend freezing chicken salad. It can separate when it thaws and becomes watery, losing its creamy texture and taste. However, you can freeze the cooked chicken, then just defrost it in the refrigerator the day before you want to make the salad, and add the other fresh ingredients just before serving.
Closeup view of a chicken salad sandwich stacked on another chicken salad sandwich.

Frequently asked questions

What are other ways to serve a chicken salad?

Chicken salad is traditionally served on sandwich bread and even though it’s super simple, it’s incredibly delicious. You can even jazz it up by serving it on croissants or a toasted bagel. If you’re looking to keep things really light and low-carb serving it in romaine lettuce cups, inside celery (celery logs), and stuffed into half an avocado, bell pepper, or large tomato are great choices. You can also spoon a serving of chicken salad in a wrap or tortilla for a chicken salad wrap.

Are chicken salad sandwiches healthy?

A classic chicken salad sandwich tends to be loaded with mayonnaise which isn’t great for cholesterol and is very high in calories and sodium. We made this sandwich recipe healthier by swapping some of the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt. We also like to serve the salad on whole wheat bread.

How can I make this sandwich lower in calories?

If you’re looking to decrease the fat and calories, it’s fine to use light mayonnaise. You can even substitute Greek yogurt for more or all of the mayo.

Two halves of a chicken sandwich stacked.

Flavor variations

This salad is fabulous as-is, but you can easily swap out the ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.

  • Fruit: Instead of, or in addition to grapes, try pineapple, diced apples, dried cranberries, or dried cherries. You can also omit the grapes if you’d like.
  • Nuts: For added nutty crunch, try adding 1/2 to 3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans, walnuts, or sliced almonds.
  • Spices: Kick up the flavor with extra seasonings, such as curry powder, smoked paprika, or Italian seasoning.
  • Protein: Have leftover turkey? Swap the chicken with diced turkey for a different take on this salad.

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Sandwich with chicken salad cut in half.

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side shot of chicken sandwich stacked on each other with a side of grapes on the bottom left

Chicken Salad Sandwich

This Chicken Salad Sandwich is the perfect recipe for lunch or a light dinner! Loaded with texture and delicious flavor, it's quick & easy to make with shredded chicken, grapes, and fresh veggies, all tossed together in a creamy dressing.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 524kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts shredded
  • 1 cup seedless grapes quartered
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 slices of whole wheat bread
  • Lettuce leaves

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl add the shredded chicken, grapes, celery, onions and parsley. Stir in the greek yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard and garlic. Season to your taste.
  • Spread this filling over 4 of your bread slices. Top each with lettuce leaves. Close the sandwiches with the remaining 4 slices of bread.

Notes

  • What chicken to use? You can use freshly cooked chicken, leftover chicken, or rotisserie chicken for this salad. It’s fine to dice or shred the meat, although we prefer the texture of shredded chicken.
  • Low carb option: Instead of serving it on bread, try a keto-friendly wrap or add the chicken salad to a lettuce cup. You can even just eat the salad as it is. It’s so fresh and crisp!
  • Store any leftover chicken salad in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • We don’t recommend freezing chicken salad. It can separate when it thaws and becomes watery, losing its creamy texture and taste. However, you can freeze the cooked chicken, then just defrost it in the refrigerator the day before you want to make the salad, and add the other fresh ingredients just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1133mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 3mg
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