I had a recent discovery while working from home or rather a rediscovery. Remember lunchables as a kid? If you were like me, lunchables were a bit of a treat cause my mom wasn’t buying them every week! Well, a few weeks back I was strolling through Sprouts and saw what was labeled as a “snack pack.” One glance at this and I knew it was nothing more than an adult lunchable! It featured chicken salad, cheese, crackers and grapes. I grabbed one and was quickly obsessed. With any store bought thing, if I like it enough I’m going to figure out how to make my own version! So I made an Easy Chicken Salad to go with my at home snack pack/adult lunchable! Check out the recipe below!
Easy Chicken Salad
An easy chicken salad, perfect for work lunches throughout the week or a snack.
- 2 lbs Rotisserie Chicken *Grocery store rotisserie chicken works
- 2/3 Cups Mayo I used Duke's Mayo
- 1/3 Cups Honey Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Celery
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Red Onion
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Green Onion
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
- 1-2 Minced Garlic Cloves
- 2 tbsp Basil Paste
- Pepper Season to taste
- Herbs de Provence Seasoning Season to taste
Shred rotisserie chicken = in to small pieces using knife and/or fork. Use all pieces of the chicken including wings and drumsticks. Add the chicken skin as well if you would like.
Add mayo, dijon mustard, basil, carrots, celery, red onion, green onion, garlic, pepper and herbs de provence seasoning to the chicken. Stir until completely combined and taste. Add more mayo, mustard or seasoning as needed.
Serve room temperature or cold. Store in the fridge.
Tips and Tricks
- You can put just about any veggie in this chicken salad. It is an easy way to get rid of some things in you fridge before they go bad. Some people noted that they love cranberries in chicken salad. That’s not really my jam, cause I’m picky but go with it if you like it.
- To make life easier, I’ve been making this with a store bought rotisserie. I used chicken thighs for one batch and it was BLAH. If you go with chicken thighs or chicken breasts, I would recommend putting them in a food processor or blender so they shred better.
- I’ve gotten a rotisserie chicken from Central Market and from HEB. Despite them being sister stores,, the Central Market version was LEAPS and BOUNDS better. So brave the maze of Central Market and get it from there.
- Also, you could put this on crackers or bread, but I find it best as “an adult lunchable.” This means pretzel crackers, cheese and fruit! For the crackers, any will work but the Snack Factory Pretzel Chips are by far the best. Trust me on this!
Be sure to share in the comments what you put in your chicken salad or what you pair with it in the comments below!
Finally made this!!! Got my CM chicken (had to throw it in the oven for a few) and I had honey pale ale mustard from Trader Joe’s and I didn’t get basil paste, tried to make my own, it was okay. But this was great. I couldn’t even wait to let it get cold. Kroger had a 2 for 1 on the pretzel chips, so I’m eating this with the garlic Parmesan ones.
This is a pretty good recipe, and a great way, like you said, to use leftover veggies before they go bad, which happens alot to me!!! I’m a chef, so I can dig it totally! Personally, I rotisserie my own chicken, or use my own chicken recipes for parts like breasts and/or thighs. This is a really nice recipe. I have added it to my recipe box!!!