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Recipe for Southern Chicken Salad

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This recipe for southern chicken salad features a tangy base with basil and craisins. Serve over spring salad, toast, or butter croissants. It tastes so fresh! It is always the first meal I crave in the spring-time!

I had never been a big chicken salad person in the past. In fact, I wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t…. all I could taste was mayonnaise and sugar. So I finally decided to play around, and I came up with some fresh ideas for a recipe for southern chicken salad! The first thing I began with was taking that mayonnaise taste down a notch – instead of straight up mayonnaise, this recipe has some Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard alongside mixed in. No relish here either – craisins to the rescue! They give it a fresh light taste and add visual interest and texture! For seasonings, I use salt, pepper, and basil. Of course, you will need some fresh cooked chicken breast too! Are you ready for the recipe?


(This makes a large batch – you can easily half, or quarter, this recipe to meet your quantity needs.) 

  • 8 cups fresh chicken breast, cooked, cooled, and chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dry basil
  • 1 cup craisins
  • salt and pepper to taste

Recipe for Southern Chicken Salad:

1: Cook your chicken breast – I like to cook in the crockpot because it keeps it from getting super dry. (I find that to make 8 chopped cups, it’s around 10 small or 5 large breasts.) After it is cooked through, remove and refrigerate until cold.

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2: Chop your chicken breast into tiny cubes and place into a large mixing bowl.

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3: Add mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and Dijon mustard to the chopped chicken and mix thoroughly.

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4: Add dry basil, salt, and pepper. Mix in.

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5: Add in craisins and mix well; transfer to a serving bowl if desired.

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6: Serve however you please! Remember to refrigerate promptly. Enjoy.

For all my food recipes, go here to the Homemaking section of my blog. Happy cooking and baking!

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