In The Kitchen - Afternoon Tea
April 3, 2023

Chicken Salad

This chicken salad recipe is perfect for any fete, from picnic to afternoon tea!

5 min read

I love gathering with my girls, and when I do, one of the recipes that's usually on the menu is this crisp and creamy chicken salad.

Easy to make, this recipe can easily be modified based on what you have fresh on hand or for dietary restrictions.  It’s a favorite for showers, book club, teas, and picnics.

Chicken Salad

4 - 6
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
Total Time
20 min

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  • 4 pounds chicken (~4 cups)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, strawberries, or cranberries (optional)
  • 1 cup almonds, walnuts, or pecans, chopped (optional)
  • 3 scallions, chopped (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons dill (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley (optional)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • When in a hurry, I pick up pre-cooked shredded chicken, but if cooking the chicken from scratch, rub the breasts in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake at 45-55 minutes at 350 degrees F in a glass dish, then shred.
  • Once the chicken is cooled, in a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, fruit, nuts, celery, scallions, dill, and parsley.
  • In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, lemon, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the mayonnaise mixture to the chicken mix and combine.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

That’s it! This fun and whimsical recipe is a wonderful addition to summer parties and picnics. Filled with refreshing fruit and warm nutty notes, this simple salad will dress up any fete!  

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Chicken salad finished on board