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Chicken Salad

January 24, 2015 (Last Updated: October 11, 2020)

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Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad.  I’m talking about taking left over chicken, adding veggies and a mayo type dressing.  There are so many variations for dressings and so many ways to eat the chicken salad once it’s done; on crackers, in a lettuce cup, in a wrap, or just out of a spoon!

A blue and white bowl filled with chicken salad topped with chopped bacon.

This is the perfect dish for any season.  I enjoy it as much on a cold winter’s day as I do in the hot days of summer. 

I used  left over chicken from a whole roasted chicken from the night before, but you could also grill up a couple of chicken breasts,  let them cool and then chop up for this yummy salad.  Cilantro and bacon add the perfect flavor combination.  Of course, bacon is perfect with anything.

Lettuce leaves filled with chicken salad and bacon.


Chicken salad made with leftover chicken, fresh veggies and bacon!

Chicken Salad

Chunks of Chicken mixed with celery, peppers and bacon and a light dressing. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 647 kcal


  • 2 cups cooked chicken (chopped)
  • 4 slices bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 4 scallions chopped


  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse ground mustard
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Siracha sauce


  • Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Mix dressing and then add to chicken mixture.
  • Mix until chicken is well coated.
  • Sprinkle additional bacon bits and chopped cilantro on top.


Serve in a tortilla or lettuce wraps.


Calories: 647kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 20gFat: 60gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 640mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1250IUVitamin C: 41.6mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword chicken salad, chicken salad sandwich recipes, chicken salad with bacon, leftover chicken recipes
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  • Reply
    Fred G
    November 21, 2018 at 10:19 am

    5 stars
    Can canned chicken be substituted?

    • Reply
      November 22, 2018 at 6:38 am

      Yes, just be sure to drain it well.

  • Reply
    August 4, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for sharing, I like the idea of serving them on lettuce wraps. Good idea!

    • Reply
      August 4, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Thanks! I like to have lots of options!

  • Reply
    February 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I love chicken salad too! This looks great – so many ideas for things I haven’t tried in chicken salad. The cilantro and bacon sound especially tasty 🙂

    • Reply
      February 23, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Chicken salad certainly is versatile!

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