Chicken Salad

Servings 4

Chicken Salad

Easy to prepare salad, delicious and hearty.

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 4 cups diced poached chicken, recipe follows
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced or
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion cut into
  • 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon or fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 cup prepared or homemade mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Poached Chicken:
  • 10 sprigs parsley
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 1 small carrot, halved
  • 1 stalk celery, halved
  • 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts halves, fat trimmed
  • 5 to 6 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium store bought


  1. Toss together the chicken, celery, scallions, dill and parsley in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add to the chicken and mix gently until combined.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Poached Chicken:
  6. Put the parsley, thyme, onion, carrot, celery, and chicken breasts in a medium saucepan.
  7. Cover with the broth, and bring just to a boil.
  8. Lower the heat to very low and cover.
  9. Poach the chicken until firm to the touch, about 20 minutes.
  10. Remove the pan from the heat, uncover and cool the chicken in the liquid for 30 minutes.
  11. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and reserve the liquid.
  12. Bone and skin the chicken and roughly chop the meat into about 1-inch pieces.
  13. Discard the bones and skin.
  14. Strain the broth and store, covered, in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze for later use.
  15. Remove any fat from the surface of the broth before using.

Samuel Samura Courtesy of Samuel Samura. Samuel Samura is a native from West Africa, he writes on various topics, including health, fitness, African cultures etc.  He is the author of ‘Meeting the cheeky bumsters of The Gambia‘ an article that throws light on some of the things to expect when visiting The Gambia as a tourist.