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Zoe’s Chicken Salad (Copycat Recipe)

Chicken salad is the backbone of the classic summertime picnic, family get-togethers, or a quick lunch that will leave you feeling full and healthy! The best part, you can make this Zoë’s Kitchen favorite right from your own kitchen with tasty ingredients you love and know.

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Zoë’s Kitchen Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken salad is something we all find a craving for, let’s be honest, that’s why you’re here. No shame here though, that’s why I had to recreate this salad for myself! As you know, I am a big fan of quick meals that will scratch that itchy craving.

Then to add the fact that this salad only requires one large mixing bowl and a spoon? Talk about easy clean-up for lunch or dinner. I am always reaching towards this recipe when I’m in a rush and need something deliciously filling.

Don’t just take my word, I am sure after making this easy recipe once, you will be in the same boat as me! This light and healthy salad is one of my favorites! Right next to my Chopped Greek Salad and Ambrosia Salad.

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Ingredients Needed

  • Shredded Chicken Breasts- Aim for breast meat here if possible; if you have any leftover rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken. Thigh meat is ok too.
  • Mayo – As you know I love Duke’s mayonnaise, but feel free to substitute for other mayos. Fat-free mayo will do just fine here, but don’t opt for Miracle Whip; you will thank me later.
  • Diced Celery – It wouldn’t be a chicken salad without this core ingredient! This incredibly low-calorie veggie will pack that clean, healthy taste and not make you feel guilty for eating it.

How to Make Zoe’s Chicken Salad Recipe

ONE: Shred 3 cups of chicken, and dice your celery for ¼ of a cup.

TWO: In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken with diced celery, as well as ¾ cup of mayo. Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper or to taste.

THREE: Mix until all ingredients are coated. Spread on bread for a refreshing sandwich, or dip with crackers for a filling snack!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Can I Add Egg to Zoe’s Chicken Salad?

Adding egg to this recipe is a great way to pack a powerful punch of protein– now say that five times fast. With the addition of chopped boiled eggs, your Zoe’s chicken salad will take on a more southern style approach which is just as yummy.

What Else Can I Add to Chicken Salad?

Chicken salad is so versatile that it is the perfect salad to go crazy with. If you are looking for some extra pizazz, try adding finely diced dill pickle, diced onions (of any variety), grapes, pecans, dried cranberries, or even strips of sweet potato. Have fun with it and experiment with the sweet side! 

What Does Chicken Salad Go With?

Although chicken salad on its own is more than capable of being your entrée, you can dress it up or down. Plate the chicken salad with bread for a filling sandwich, serve it with side dishes, or make it an appetizer for your next cookout with fried pita chips, kettle chips, dill pickles, or bell pepper slices.

This opens a door full of possibilities!

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How Can I Prevent a Soggy Chicken Salad?

If you see high moisture content on the celery you have (is it sweating or does the bag it came in look foggy?) then combine the mayo and shredded chicken prior to adding the celery. Mix the celery in gently, and be sure to not over mix. The more mixing the celery takes on, the more water is released from the celery itself.

Can I Substitute Celery?

Celery isn’t everyone’s favorite vegetable, so if you’re getting nervous seeing celery here, fear not! Substitute celery for another favorite vegetable like cucumbers, carrots, radishes, or even apples.

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Before combining, I chill my chicken so it is ready to serve.
  • If storing, store in an air-tight container for no longer than a week. Want to freeze chicken salad?
  • If serving after it has been stored, give the salad a quick mix and serve it with a fresh sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Don’t bother attempting to freeze this; it will ruin the consistency. Instead, cook and shred your chicken, throw it in the freezer and pull it out whenever you’re craving Zoe’s chicken salad.

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Zoe’s Chicken Salad couldn’t taste any better than it coming straight from your own kitchen. Lunch and dinner have never been easier with just one bowl, or taste this refreshing with just one bite!

stack of chicken salad sandwiches

Zoe's Chicken Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Zoe’s Chicken Salad couldn’t taste any better than it coming straight from your own kitchen. Lunch and dinner have never been easier with just one bowl, or taste this refreshing with just one bite!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

    1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Chill in the refrigerator.
    3. Enjoy on bread as a sandwich or with crackers.

Notes

  • Before combining, I chill my chicken so it is ready to serve.
  • If storing, store in an air-tight container for no longer than a week.
  • Lower the fat content with fat free mayonnaise.
  • If serving after it has been stored, give the salad a quick mix and serve it with a fresh sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Don’t bother attempting to freeze this; it will ruin the consistency. Instead, cook and shred your chicken, throw it in the freezer and pull it out whenever you’re craving Zoe’s chicken salad.
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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 505Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 471mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 25g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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