Classic Chicken Salad

But with a twist! It has a little twist. Twist and shout. But not the shout.

Classic Chicken Salad / Bev Cooks

Chicken salad is one of those classics that I think about WAY too much. I could eat it constantly. Matter of fact, Aaron shares the same obsession and often picks up chicken salad from our neighborhood grocery store, because it’s CRACK. They put local honey in it, and it’s thick and chunky and you want to scream in its face, it’s that good.

So I made my own version for you!

Thing is, I’ve been making chicken salad for years, but this newest edition is slightly more refined than previous chronicles.


Let’s look.

Classic Chicken Salad / Bev Cooks

OKAY, chicken salad is not chicken salad without mayo. The end.


This version is a little more forgiving on the waistline with half mayo and half Greek yogurt. If you want all Greek yogurt, make your life happy and do it. But I prefer that unmistakable creamy tang that mayo adds.

Also, honey! I added honey because my grocery store does it and it’s pure insanity.

Classic Chicken Salad / Bev Cooks

So another twisterson – I seared the chicken! You may absolutely stick to tradition by boiling and chopping, but there’s something so polished and unexpected in the flavor with browning. SO BROWN IT.

Sorry to scream at you.

Classic Chicken Salad / Bev Cooks

Celery, duh.

Red onion, absolutely.

A bit of chopped parsley, vibrant!

Honey, yogurt and mayo, yassss.

Salt and pepper, done.

Classic Chicken Salad / Bev Cooks

Oh, hi. ^^

NOW, the trick is to let the chicken cool off after you chop it. I stuck mine in the freezer for about five minutes, before adding all the goop to it, and it was glorious. You can eeeeeven let it sit a bit more in the fridge before serving and cartoon birds will sing in your windowsill.

Classic Chicken Salad / Bev Cooks

Serve it piled into lettuce cups. Serve it as a mound on grainy bread. Serve it in a giant spoon straight into your face.

And maybe cut the chicken into smaller chunks. I have no idea why my hacking was so massive here.

In short, it’s fabulous. Not overly heavy in the creamy factor, but still coated, luscious, tangy and seductive.

Also, you don’t have to put a pink rose on your platter. I’m just obnoxious.

Classic Chicken Salad / Bev Cooks

Make it!

Classic Chicken Salad
Save RecipeSave Recipe
Recipe Image


  • Roughly two pounds chicken breast
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. Mayo
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 2 medium celery stalks, finely diced
  • 1 Tbs. chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium high. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Sear on one side for 5 minutes. Flip and sear another 4 minutes, or until cooked through and the chicken is browned on both sides. Let cool for five minutes, then chop. At this point, you can even stick a bowl of chopped chicken in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, just to help it really chill.
  2. Then add the yogurt, mayo, red onion, celery, honey, parsley, and a good pinch of salt and pepper to the bowl. Toss everything together until coated and creamy and you want to sob.
  3. Chill it until you’re ready to eat! In lettuce cups, on grainy bread - make your life so good.
  4. Serves four.

Classic Chicken Salad / Bev Cooks

Now I’m starving.

, , , ,

31 Responses to Classic Chicken Salad

  1. Denita May 29, 2018 at 12:49 pm #
    What KC area grocery store serves this chicken salad? I want some, without making it b/c I am the only one in the house that will eat it, but now I must have it. Although, your version is healthier so I should just make it and eat it all b/c it is healthier, so I could just eat it all.
    • Bev Weidner May 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm #
      Hen House! O M G it is seriously delicious. Like, I think we're putting some in our travel cooler to eat at rest areas on our road trip this week. :)
  2. Courtney Falk May 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm #
    Hen house!
  3. OH LA LATKES May 29, 2018 at 2:31 pm #
    This recipe looks absolutely delicious. I'm going to save this for later. I'm starving now, too. Thank you for sharing <3 E || OH LA LATKES
  4. Anne May 30, 2018 at 8:23 am #
    I made this last night served on cauliflower wraps, hands down best chicken salad I have ever had. The sear really does set it apart (if you have a cast iron- use it- FLAVA-FLAAA).
  5. Karen B. May 30, 2018 at 8:29 am #
    This is an amazing chicken salad recipe. I'm preparing it today, it has so many great ingredients, simple but delicious. Karen
  6. Lisa June 4, 2018 at 8:15 am #
    Thank you very much for the recipe, the salad is delicious and balanced, I used to do it a little bit differently, but it turned out to be more delicious and balanced on nutrient matters. Special thanks to you for your submission, I've read a lot of blogging blogs, but the design of your blog is the most pleasant and creative, I wish you success in your business!
  7. Nancy June 6, 2018 at 6:13 pm #
    Honey makes everything better! I put it in my hot sauce and it makes you want to keep eating it!
  8. Jen Renee June 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm #
    I made this today and it was delicious! I usually use red grapes and dried cranberries to sweeten my chicken salad but I absolutely LOVED the flavor the honey gave to this! The parsley is also a nice touch. :)
  9. usps tracking June 21, 2018 at 9:52 pm #
    I like your post, I hope you have many good posts to share, thank you.
  10. RRB Guwahati June 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm #
    I would like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this posts. I am hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming as well.
  11. Alan Martin July 25, 2018 at 8:02 pm #
    WOW, this is so delicious and mouth watering recipe i came across. would love to try this to experience the most scrumptious food
  12. RRB Chennai July 31, 2018 at 5:51 am #
    Very nice
  13. RRB Chhennai July 31, 2018 at 5:52 am #
    wow very nice
  14. RRB Ajmer ALP Result 2018 August 4, 2018 at 5:43 am #
    Very Informative Post Thank You for Sharing Us
  15. RRB Allahabad ALP Result 2018 August 4, 2018 at 5:44 am #
    Nice post
  16. Latest Govt Jobs August 7, 2018 at 11:45 pm #
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and helpful post with me
  17. Rajasthan Police Result 2018 August 21, 2018 at 4:33 am #
    very nice Thanks for sharing the article.
  18. RRB Admit Card 2018 August 21, 2018 at 4:34 am #
    really very nice post thank you
  19. RRB Group D 2018 August 21, 2018 at 4:34 am #
    thanks for sharing post
  20. VBSPU BA Time Table 2019 September 20, 2018 at 6:53 am #
    some time I Look At Your Post What A good Article
  21. Subharti University Time Table 2019 September 20, 2018 at 6:54 am #
    Wonderful post! We are linking to this great post on our website. Keep up the great writing
  22. Baseball live October 10, 2018 at 1:15 am #
    That is yummy. Simply awesome dishes to make. Thanks for the tutorial
  23. masika net worth October 22, 2018 at 3:03 am #
    Great Read, keep working Bev Weidner!
  24. Hixol Web Design December 4, 2018 at 12:06 pm #
    Ingredients of the recipe are too much expensive !
  25. Agnes dos Santos December 7, 2018 at 8:09 am #
    Hen House! O M G it is seriously delicious. Like, I think we're putting some in our travel cooler to eat at rest areas on our road trip this week. :)
  26. eyelashes extensions December 7, 2018 at 11:13 am #
    really very nice post thank you
  27. Maggie March 5, 2019 at 7:39 pm #
    Bev! This is, just made it, can’t wait to eat it!

Leave a Reply