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Easy Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

 This easy chicken salad sandwich recipe with dill pickles is packed with flavor and our favorite lunch ever. It’s a great picnic recipe and delicious eaten on crackers or made into sandwiches. With a little crunch and put in between two slices of cheese it’s a meal even my kids love. Try it!

easy chicken salad sandwich recipe

It’s summertime which means picnics, BBQs, and potlucks with friends! I have this easy chicken salad sandwich recipe with pickles that is perfect for any occasion. 😉  Sponsored by Sargento. (originally published 6/16, post may contain affiliate links present)

How to Make Chicken Salad Sandwich

We are outside a lot when summer comes around. Whether we are taking road trips, going on a hike, or going to a park, we are always on the go. That’s when this quick and easy cooked chicken recipe comes in handy.

There are all sorts of different ways to cook chicken. You can use leftovers from the night before, shred up some rotisserie chicken bought at the store or even use canned chicken.

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Best chicken salad sandwich recipe

Diced breasts are my go to but chicken thighs would be moist too. If you have shredded chicken to use up this would be a great option, that is typically what goes into ours.

Often times when I am in a rush I make it as a canned chicken salad sandwich recipe. I always have some of that on hand in my pantry so it’s kinda’ my go to fast protein packed meal.

  • If we’re going to be gone for a few hours I want to bring something hearty that will stick with us and keep the energy going.
  • That’s why I came up with this homemade chicken salad sandwich recipe we all love (yes even the kiddos).

Can you tell what our “secret ingredient” is?? If you love pickles you’re going to go crazy over this one. Jarred or using homemade pickles this takes it over the top.

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How do you make chicken salad?

You only need 4 ingredients to make this chicken salad recipe for sandwiches. Eating low carb? Just omit the bread and make lettuce wraps with this as the filling!

  • The toppings (that make it over the top delicious) are
    • slices of fresh avocado
    • cheese of course in our house (Munster is my favorite)
    • fresh baked bread like Squaw is so good
    • you could even add dried cranberries
    • sliced almonds might be on your list of musts

All of which can be found at your local grocery store, and of course you should add whatever you love!

Easy chicken salad sandwich recipe.

Since I like EASY I use the breasts off a rotisserie chicken (or cook up 2 chicken breasts), and Sargento® cheese that is already sliced to make it quick to throw together. You can print out the recipe here.

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  1. Rotisserie chicken – can bake 2 chicken breasts, or use leftover chicken
  2. Red onion
  3. Mayonnaise
    1. some have noted using plain greek yogurt
    2. I prefer the taste of Best Foods mayo best
  4. Dill pickles + juice
  5. Sargento cheese
  6. Bread – There are SO many options and yes it does make a difference which you choose. The best bread for chicken salad sandwiches are Squaw (seen here) or sourdough.
  7. Avocado – optional but so good
    1. a pinch of salt and pepper may be added, I would do so at the end and adjust to your liking
    2. some like a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Get out a large bowl to mix all your ingredients together. If you have one with a matching locking lid that is great for saving what leftovers you might have later.

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Can you freeze homemade chicken salad?

Prepare it as you usual would and then you can pack it into a freezer safe baggie or container. Make sure to remove as much air as possible before closing though.

  • Then it can stay in the freezer for up to three months. Defrost it in the refrigerator up to a day before serving. Personally I like to just make what we are going to eat in the next 2 days or so.
  • Keep in mind that freezing and defrosting anything will change the texture of your dish, not in a great way.
easy chicken salad sandwich recipe

If you are going on a picnic or to the park there is an easy way to package up this chicken salad and keep it cold. Just use 1 small plastic container and fill it up with your mixture.

Then put it inside a larger plastic container with ice surrounding it. Top both containers and put it into your picnic basket or backpack.

It will be chilled when you get there! Put your package of sliced Sargento® cheese next to this container filled with ice so it keeps your cheese cool too!

The rest of your cheese (if there is any left) can be a snack for later. 😉

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Whatever you’re up to, let me know what you think of our easy chicken salad sandwich recipe!

Summertime is a great time to go explore new areas and spend the day outdoors together. If you’re looking for more easy recipes Ralph’s has a few goodies too!

  • Dice your onions and pickles. Pour diced pickles on a paper towel to remove liquid before adding into your bowl.
  • Cut cooked chicken into bite size pieces. Can use drained cans of precooked chicken as well.
  • Add everything into a bowl with your mayo and tbsp. of dill pickle juice from your pickle jar.

Mix well. Put on bread or rolls with cheese and avocado too if you like. Great on crackers too or eaten all by itself! Another favorite when picknicking or barbecuing is our bacon pasta salad, enjoy them all!

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Below is the printable recipe to follow. Of course adjust to your taste levels but this is delicious and one of our favorite 15 minute meals. Nutritional info. such as saturated fat etc are included as well.

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Best chicken salad sandwich recipe with dill pickles is packed with flavor and our favorite lunch ever. With a little crunch and put in between two slices of cheese it's a meal even my kids love. Try it!
Course Entree, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword best, chicken, cold, dill, easy, pickle, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 407kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken precooked, can use rotisserie, dice into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 red onion diced
  • 3/4 c mayonnaise more or less depending on your preference
  • 1 whole pickles dill, diced, I make them larger chunks. pour on a paper towel to remove liquid before adding
  • 1 pcs cheese 1 slice per sandwich
  • 1 tbsp pickle juice optional to thin out mix if desired
  • 2 slices bread per person
  • 2 slices avocado per person, optional

Instructions

  • Dice your onions and pickles. Pour diced pickles on a paper towel to remove liquid before adding into your bowl.
  • Cut cooked chicken into bite size pieces. Add everything into a bowl with your mayo and tbsp. of dill pickle juice from your pickle jar.
  • Mix well. Put on bread or rolls with cheese and avocado too if you like. Great on crackers too or eaten all by itself!

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 379mg16%
Potassium 481mg14%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 6.9mg8%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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