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This was amazing! The only way I will ever make chicken salad again, even my kids (we’ll 21 & 18 yr. old girls and 12 yr. old boy) loved it! A tip I did was added a little (about 1/4 cup-I doubled the batch) of the juices from cooking the chicken for a little extra flavor, (I also left my apple skins on) just the right creaminess too! Love, love love this recipe! Thank you Elise, I can’t wait to try your other recipes!
Never thought I would enjoy chicken salad like this. I didn’t have red onion so used 1 green onion. Added about 1/2 tablespoon light mayo to lemon and olive oil. Spooned each serving into a Carved out large tomato.
I love this recipe, one of my favorites!
I tried this recipe today and I absolutely loved it! I used parsley and substituted the apples for grapes! I also used canned chicken. Very delicious(:
Hi Lainee, I’m so glad you liked it! Love the grape substitution, great idea.
I mean, really… this recipe combines everything I love. So good on a summer day.
Loooooooove this recipe and have made it a LOT! And most of the time, I make it with canned chicken and it’s perfect! I separate servings and put it in baggies, let all the air out and roll it up like a “log” and it keeps in my fridge for a day or two. If there ARE any brownish spots, I just squeeze it all together and it’s fine. Thank you so much for this! :)
I’m so glad you like it Kat! Love the idea of rolling it into a log to keep in the fridge.
How many servings will it be altogether?
Hi Kailey, it makes enough for two sandwiches or two individual salads.
I added dried cranberries minus cilantro and apples.
This looks great but I’m curious to know if it is a dish that needs to be eaten within a short period of time or would a batch of it keep over the course of a few days. Thanks.
Hi Mike, I think it’s best eaten within a day.
the avocado will turn brown.
Delicious! I followed the recipe with the exception of the celery.
I made this for lunch today, it was good but missing something though I’m not sure what. I’ll have to make some adjustments so that it is just right!
Not sure if you’ll see this Elise,but I love the look of your website.I come back here all the time because of the carefully laid out explanations and lovingly prepared food.Thank you for offering your gifts! I also enjoy that you are somewhere around my neighborhood in Sacramento!
Thanks so much Jen!
Made it today. Very good! I added the zest from my lime also.
Love the idea of adding lime zest Kathy!
I made this for the first time today. This was soooooo good and very simple. Nice recipe
I’m so glad you liked it Ronnelle!
I’m looking for something that tastes very similar to a basic chicken salad, so would you go for the parsley or cilantro? I’m thinking Parsley. Also, has anyone tried it with the Parsley? How did it turn out?
I recommend the parsley in that case.
Will canned chicken work for this recipe?
Hello Sylvia, I don’t see why not. If you try it with canned chicken, please let us know how it works out for you.
Your Avacado Chicken Salad isBrilliant!! So easy. Friendsenjoyed a spoonful on crackersAs a snack!
I made this for the first time –and without the apple (I’m allergic) but a bit more lime juice and it was delicious! It will be in rotation from now on as it was super easy and with ingredients I usually have around (minus the cilantro)
This is my favorite lunch at the moment! I have made it twice, even my 3 year old granddaughter likes it.
I made this today and it was delicious. A real keeper. I did add a dollop of Mayo but it probably didn’t need it
Yum – so delicious! We ate it in lettuce leaves as a ‘wrap.’ Light and delicious and totally satisfying. This will probably be a weekly standard with the rotisserie chicken, to have on hand for healthy snacking.
This caught my eye. I made it and loved it. Will definitely make this again
Has anyone packed this salad for lunch? I am wondering if it would hold up for My husband’s sandwich without getting soggy or too brown. Thanks!
Love, love this approach to chicken salad – I’m about to do round 2 of the Whole 30 and this is going to be one of my go-to lunches throughout the month! And thank you so much for the shout-out to my chicken salad – means the world to me coming from you, as your site is one of my long-time favorites!
When I saw that you added an apple I said to myself that this is going to be awesome. And I wasn’t wrong. I made the salad yesterday and I finished the whole bowl by myself. The apple really add a nice touch to it and makes it even lighter.
It is the perfect lunch box recipe for our kids and also for us! This is my first comment after having followed your blog since a few years, I have cooked many of your recipes and they all are a sure winner.Thank you so much for your great recipes!
My brother’s wife is a vegan and uses avocados for everything, While I doubt she would like this recipe (chicken) I will share a meat free version with her. Maybe a well seeded diced jalapeño could be added. I will try this recipe as is and with salt free canned tuna as well.
This will be made later this week! Need my avocados to ripen up first. May have to set a scoop aside and add a bit of curry powder, to see what that would taste like. Every since your Mulligatawny recipe, I am craving curry. I have no idea what it will do for an avocado!? Seems like it would be good with the other ingredients.Thanks for the links you provide with your recipes, Elise. Love browsing them, too.
As a salad, the quantity is great. For two sandwiches, it is rather a lot if you wish to eat them with decency – I’ve made a similar salad some days ago (tuna fish in lieu of chicken, celery in lieu of apples) with the same quantities, and it was enough for four sandwiches.