The Best Chicken Salad


I have some issues, if you all haven’t noticed by now. One you may not know about is my strong aversion to raw chicken. Once I’ve handled it, all fleshy and slimy and pink, I have a really tough time consuming it. One exception to my self imposed rule is my chicken salad. Maybe it’s because I make a really good one, if I do say so myself. Today I’m playing the roll of Food Blogger and sharing it with you. Don’t worry, I’ll be back blogging about the kids tomorrow and leaving this business to the pros…


Here’s what you need:
Chicken Breasts (I used 6, but you can easily adjust to 2 or 4)
Orange Marmalade or Apricot Jam (half a jar)
Raisins (about 3/4 cup)
Almonds or Walnuts (about 1/2 cup)
Mayonnaise (I like it pretty dry, so just add what you want)
Chives, fresh or dried (a few dashes)
Chopped Apples, Grapes and/or Celery (1/3 cup of each)
Salt & Pepper (to taste)


How to make it:

Cover chicken in jam and bake for approximately 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cool and transfer to food processor along with the jam that hasn’t liquefied.

If you don’t have some sort of processor, finely chop the chicken– that’s the trick.

Transfer chicken into a bowl, adding the remaining ingredients, ending with the mayo.

Stir until well mixed and serve immediately or refrigerate.


I serve over salad with a sweet dressing like poppyseed. Or, throw it on a croissant and pretend you’re picnicking in the south of France. Whichever. It always gets rave reviews, and even I enjoy it. And that’s saying a lot.




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    McMommy says

    This looks SO.DAMN.GOOD!!!!!!!!!

    I am a huge lover of chicken salads so I am ALL OVER this recipe. The only thing that scared me was orange marmalade….BUT, if this is the Best Chicken Salad in the World…I will definitely ignore my marmalade bias and try it!

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    Angie says

    I am a chicken salad snob. This recipe does look good, but my absolute fave recipe used to be served at the Yellow Submarine here. When they closed up shop, I actually cried…hard. And then, the heavens parted, the angels sang and they reopened for lunch only Mon-Fri. Hallelujah! It’s a chicken salad miracle. Amen.

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    Alison says

    Jill, I also am a fan of chicken salad and I love mine if I do say so myself. This is the lazy gal’s chicken salad if you ever want a little something different:

    Buy a rotisserie chicken at the store – lemon pepper is the best. Pull off the meat you like and chop up into small cubes (you can finely slice it to avoid your chicken gag reflex!)
    Add craisins. Just craisins. No other fruit or celery.
    Lemon pepper. A dash of lemon juice. Mayo.
    Pickle relish. A dash of salt. A heavy dash of minced onions.

    I assure you that it is all kinds of delicious. I will make a bowl and scoop it out onto crackers while watching a movie or studying. Love it.
    I can’t wait to try yours!!

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    Christopher (AKA: CaJoh) says

    Love the strawberries. It adds a nice sweetness to the salad that you may not otherwise get. I tend to make my chicken salad out of caned chicken. I will have to try baking the chicken first like you do — it will probably be more tasty in the end.

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    Loukia says

    That does look good – thanks! I have a great chicken recipe that involves chicken breasts, a jar of apricot marmalade, Catalina salad dressing and onion soup mix. Mix those together, throw over (raw) chicken, and cook in the oven for and hour.

    It is soooo good! And I hate handing raw chicken. With this recipe, all I have to is flip the chicken into a casserole dish (or whatever it’s called – see I SUCK in the kitchen!) and I don’t even have to touch it!

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    Erin says

    I don’t like chicken at all. It sounds totally gross and not anywhere as healthy, but I wonder if you could use canned chicken instead?
    Maybe use tuna instead? I just hate chicken.

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    BB says

    OMG, I thought I was the only one in the world that doesn’t eat the chicken if I have to handle it raw!…I will cook chicken wings and then can’t eat them! Thank god for KFC and Perdue Short Cuts!
    I love chicken salad and I am going to try this..minus the raw chicken.( I am going to use the Perdue Shortcuts Grilled Chicken Breast). I will probably cut down on mayo, I like to be able to taste chicken salad and not mayo….and maybe add a little dry mustard to it….nice recipe

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    Shannon says

    I’m not a huge fan of chicken salad… well, to be honest, it’s the mayo I’m not a fan of. Blech! I can’t stand mayo!

    That being said… I love love LOVE the chicken salad sandwich from the River Street Deli! (I know, I’m weird…)

    OH EM GEE it is soooo good! It’s served on a HUGE toasted bagel… and they add slices of bacon, cheddar and lettuce.

    Srsly… it’s the ONE thing I miss about not working downtown anymore. We ate there at least once a week.

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    Amber says

    So good!

    But I’d leave out the raisins because raisins remind me of flesh for some reason. *Shudders* My kids love them though.

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    Mmm – love chicken salad. I am excited to try a new recipe for one. Thanks for sharing. (especially with fresh chives from my garden – now I have an excuse to use them!)

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    dawn says

    awww Momma thanks! You rock my world you know that? I was having a shitty day until I came here and you totally put a smile on my face.
    But I have one question? Why don’t you think you are a pro? I mean this chicken salad is pretty darn stellar. Not to mention the photos are definitely eye catching.
    Love you chicklet…you always rock my world!

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    Tiffany @ Paging Doctor Mommy says

    This sounds amazing! I will most certainly have to make this ASAP! Like, seriously, we may be having this for dinner tonight because it looks so darn good!

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    Jen, buried with children says

    that looks awesome. I am so going to make this and soon!

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    KathyB! says

    That looks ridiculously good. I never would have thought of the marmalade. I bet it adds a nice zest.

    As for the pink chicken… you could get one of the rotisserie chickens from the grocery store and just remove the (cooked!) meat from the bone and process it with some orange zest… But you seem as though you’re getting past the raw stuff enough to make it so you probably should just stick with what you’ve got…

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