Best 5 Chicken Salad Recipes

by in Recipes, June 27th, 2013

Chicken SaladWhen you think of chicken salad, do you imagine a cool, creamy combination of shredded chicken with mayonnaise, or is a mixture of fresh greens with perhaps grilled, sliced boneless breasts more your style? Both variations are easy to make and endlessly versatile, as they can be prepared with almost any ingredients you happen to have on hand and can be customized to your tastes. Check out Food Network’s top-five chicken salads below to find a roundup of recipes from Sunny, Bobby, Ina and more Food Network chefs that features five-star inspiration for these two styles of simple salads.

5. Picnic Potato and Chicken Salad — Served on eat-with-your-hands lettuce cups, Sunny’s bacon-studded chicken salad features tender roasted potatoes, poached chicken and a creamy herb topping.

4. Chinese Chicken Salad with Red Chile Peanut Dressing — In only 20 quick minutes, Bobby tosses a salad of crisp cabbage, lettuce and colorful vegetables with a honey-laced mixture of peanut butter and soy sauce before topping the dish with shredded chicken and chopped peanuts.

3. Curried Chicken Salad — After combining juicy roasted chicken with a smooth dressing of white wine, chutney and curry powder, it’s best to let the salad chill in the refrigerator so the flavors can marry; just be sure to let the dish come to room temperature before serving. Click the play button on the video below to watch Ina make it.

2. Grilled Chicken Salad with Gazpacho Dressing — The key to making this hearty entree salad is building flavors and textures throughout; start with grilled seasoned chicken and garlic-rubbed bread, then toss with arugula, crunchy almonds and chickpeas, and finish with a dressing of pureed tomatoes, cucumber and vinegar.

1. Chicken Salad — Create the ultimate chicken club sandwich (pictured above) by adding fresh celery and scallions, plus a mayonnaise-mustard mixture, to poached chicken, then layering it between bread with bacon, lettuce and tomato.

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Comments (44)

  1. Jacque Fry says:

    Shame on you for taking Paula Deen off the Food Network. She made one mistake years ago, admitted to it,
    apologized for it and is now being destroyed by companies like yours who are so afraid to stand up for what is right. How about saying I accept your apology and move on. To take a good person like Paula Deen off the air because you're afraid of what everyone will say is an awful thing to do to her. By the way, she happened to have the best show on your network. Until you bring back Paula Deen, with an apology for getting rid of her, I will not watch the Food Network.

  2. LORI says:

    I think you just cut off your nose in spite of your face. Has anyone at your network ever made a mistake ?? probably not !!! To remove her program because she made a mistake is inexcuseable . She has apoligized . Do you realize our public officals do much worse and nothing happens to them. Guess what we won't be watching the food network, buying magazines or any books. You've harmed not only a terrific woman and her family BUT all of your other chefs as well.

  3. Marcy says:

    She's toast

  4. gi_janearng says:

    The Food Network is a bunch of hypocrites. They'd rather cater to the PC town criers that can't even prove Paula Deen said anything racist other than her testimony under oath than worry about what military veterans think about Stolen Valor thief Robert Irvine. How convenient that you let *him* keep his job after he lied about a non-existent military career when he should have been prosecuted for lying about military service and using it for financial gain? Especially after you pressured Josh Garcia to back out of "The Next Food Network Star" when it was uncovered about his inflated military career! But no, the Food Network CEOs are too worried about losing overweight lonely houswives viewers that fawn over greasy haired knuckle-dragging liars. Good job, Food Network. I hope you're proud yourself. *slow claps*

  5. john zitzelberger says:

    NO PAULA —-NO WATCHIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jules in WA State says:

    It is too bad that you, Food Network – can't start a thread and simply ask the viewers what they think of Paula Deen. No? Oh that's right, you don't care what the viewers think, you only care what corporate sponsors think. Got it. Well here is a hint, all your threads are being hijacked so that viewers have a place on your website to speak of their distaste for your actions. Now, run off and look at the other cheflebrities and see how much heat they are taking for taking no stance at all. I am sure they see their heads under that guillotine as well. If it can happen to Paula Deen, it could happen to any of them. The only salvation in the end is that Paula Deen doesn't need you or the rest of us. I haven't had on the Food Network or the Cooking Channel for almost a week. I intend to keep it that way, Top Chef is starting over on BRAVO in July, can't wait.

  7. Becky says:

    We love Paula, and have watched your channel for years learning how to cook. People make fun of me for how much I've always watched Food Network. You guys have really let me down. It's God's job to judge, not yours. I will have to start watching something else. The saddest part is, if you fired EVERY one of your employees that had ever made a racial remark in their life, you'd have to fire everyone, and you KNOW it. There would be no one left to cook dinner. You've made your bed…

  8. Lynda says:

    Shame on you for not supporting Paula. If the tables were turned she would stand by you. Fire Gida she is your big boob queen, sick of her. No longer watching you.

    • tryme says:

      So it's ok to be racist, but it's not ok to be well endowed. Anyone else you don't like for no good reason? I'm sure the higher ups are watching and ready to wield he axe at your whim.

    • amy says:

      What cloud are you living in?………really, Paula Deen would stand by you?

  9. Elizabeth Mitchell says:

    To fire Paula Deen from The Food Network is truly going too far!!! I am an African American Female and I know for a fact that many celebrities of my own race make some of the same or similar statements without being chastised for it!!! What they get is a black pass simply because they feel that they've earned the right due to EVENTS that occurred in our history!!! What I'm saying is…..why is it that our black celebrities get away with it and Paula Deen is left out to dry?!?! SHAME ON ALL OF YOU THAT ARE PARTAKERS IN THIS WOMAN'S FATE!!!

    • guest says:

      She made her own fate. Look at any comments on and news site and you will see that racism is prevalent and it is horrible. It also will not be tolerated!

  10. cindy says:

    no longer watching this channel. we all make mistakes.

    • Amanda says:

      Racism is no mistake.

      • Tom says:

        If Paula was a racist we would have seen more evidence of it over the years. When she made the slur it was under duress from having a gun to her head. She has had black women on her show sharing a recipe for crying out loud.. If she was really a racist she would have walked away years ago rather than conceal the hate for money.

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