Easy roasted chicken salad recipe

Skip the takeout! Make this 5-minute Chicken Salad with juicy grapes & crunchy celery for a kid-approved lunch that’s bursting with flavor and saves you precious weekend time.

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creamy chicken salad with grapes and celery in a white plate with bread rolls in the background.

Why do we love this recipe

Weekend lunches with the family can be a battle between relaxation and scrambling to throw something together everyone will actually eat. This Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Grapes and Celery is my secret weapon for stress-free, delicious meals. It’s crazy-easy to whip up using store-bought rotisserie chicken (because who has time to cook a whole bird on a Saturday?), packed with flavor and texture that kids and adults will love, and perfect for grabbing a quick bite on the go between basketball games, tennis matches, and park visits.

Ingredients

To make this homemade chicken salad we will need 5 simple ingredients only.

ingredients that are needed to make creamy chicken salad.

💡 Note about chicken: Roasted chicken. You can of course roast or poach the chicken if you wish, I use rotisserie chicken from my local shop.

Find the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below 👇 

How to make it

chopped cooked chicken in a white bowl on a chopping board.

1. Grab your leftover rotisserie chicken and shred it into bite-sized pieces. You can use forks to pull it apart or use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment for a faster option (be careful not to over-shred).


chopped red grapes in a white bowl on a chopping board.

2. Wash your celery and grapes. Dice the celery into small pieces. For the grapes, you can either halve them or chop them into quarters, depending on your preference.

3. In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, chopped celery, and grapes.

4. Add mayonnaise, garlic powder, and salt to taste. Start with a smaller amount of mayonnaise and add more until you reach your desired consistency.

5. Give your chicken salad a good stir to make sure everything is evenly distributed. Taste and adjust the seasonings with additional garlic powder, salt, or even a sprinkle of black pepper if needed.

creamy chicken salad with grapes and celery served with rolls in a white plate.

That’s it! Your 5-minute Chicken Salad is ready to serve. Enjoy it on sandwiches, wraps, crackers, or lettuce leaves for a healthy twist.

What to serve with chicken salad?

This is the best chicken salad recipe because it is so versatile. There are endless ways you can serve this easy salad. 

  • Spread the chicken salad on toasted bread or bread roll for a satisfying lunch. Add a layer of lettuce and tomato for extra flavor and crunch.
  • Pack the salad into tortillas for a portable and mess-free lunch option. Pile in some shredded lettuce, chopped veggies like red onion or bell pepper, and some fresh herbs for added freshness.
  • Skip the bread altogether and turn this into a healthy and light lunch. Fill large romaine or butter lettuce leaves with the chicken salad and top with crumbled blue cheese or feta for delicious lettuce wraps.
  • Transform your lunch into a fun finger food for the kids (and yourself!). Spread the chicken salad on small slider buns or mini croissants for a bite-sized treat. 
two hand holding a big bread roll filled with creamy chicken salad.

How would you serve this chicken salad? Let me know in the comments below.

How to store

Store leftovers in an airtight container and enjoy a tasty lunch or a light dinner dinner the next day. The salad will stay fresh when refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.

This salad is not suitable for freezing.

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creamy chicken salad in a large white bowl.

Easy roasted chicken salad recipe

Elena Elliott
Weekend lunches made easy! This creamy Chicken Salad with grapes & celery is packed with flavor and texture, perfect for grabbing a quick bite between soccer games.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 serves

Ingredients
  

  • 1 rotisserie chicken approximately 3 cups of chopped/shredded chicken.
  • 1/4 cup chopped grapes
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to season

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, shred the rotisserie chicken into bite-sized pieces. You can use forks to pull it apart or use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment for a faster option (be careful not to over-shred).
  • Wash your celery and grapes. Dice the celery into small, cube-shaped pieces. Halve the red grapes.
  • Add the chopped celery and grapes to the bowl with the shredded chicken.
  • Add the mayonnaise. Season with garlic powder and sea salt to taste. Start with a smaller amount of mayonnaise and add more until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Stir the salad to make sure everything is evenly distributed. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Notes

  • This recipe is perfect for using up leftover rotisserie chicken. If you don’t have any on hand, you can poach or bake some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and shred them when cool.
  • The amount of mayonnaise is adjustable based on your preference. Start with less and add more for a creamier texture. You can also substitute with Greek yogurt for a lighter option.
  • This recipe is a great base for customization! Try adding chopped red onion, toasted pecans, dried cranberries instead of grapes, or a dollop of Dijon mustard for extra flavor.
  • Leftover chicken salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
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