Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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These Chicken Salad Sandwiches are so tasty! With crunchy bits of celery and savory bites of cheddar, this chicken salad is note-worthy, perfect for sandwich night.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches | Life as Mom

I’ve always loved a good sandwich. Whether it was the ham-and-cheese-stuffed pitas my girlfriends and I made in high school, the $5 footlong that felt like a splurge, or the amazing concoctions we create on Sandwich Night at home, sandwiches have always been a favorite of mine, especially when I want something quick and easy to serve for dinner.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches are some of my favorite. Not only are they a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken, but they taste awesome. Have you made chicken salad yet?

While my mom made tuna salad all the time when I was growing up, chicken salad was something I had never heard of until I was an adult. Sheltered much? Obviously.

Doesn’t matter. I’ve tasted the Chicken Salad Sandwiches, and they are good!

I love the addition of cheddar cheese to the traditional chicken salad base. It adds some great flavor, and if I’m honest, reminds me of Mom’s Macaroni Salad.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches | Life as Mom

This recipe is great for Chicken Salad Sandwiches, but it’s also tasty in lettuce wraps, on onion rolls, or atop a bed of greens. It’s easily packable, but if I know it’s going to be a long wait until eating time, I sometimes package the salad separate from the bread so that the bread doesn’t get soggy. Just one of my little quirks.

You can make this chicken salad up to three days in advance. Dry the celery well before adding it so that things don’t get too watery.

I consider this dish to be a pretty healthy one for my kids, especially if I make my own mayonnaise and serve it on whole grain bread. It’s also delicious on onion rolls. These Chicken Salad Sandwiches are a FishFamily favorite. Hope you enjoy them!

Chicken Salad Sandwiches | Life as Mom

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Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins
These Chicken Salad Sandwiches are so tasty! With crunchy bits of celery and savory bites of cheddar, this chicken salad is note-worthy, perfect for sandwich night.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad sandwiches
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 452 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked, cooled, and diced
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup cubed cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 slices whole grain bread or 4 to 6 onion rolls
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and dill weed. Add the chicken, celery, and cheddar cheese. Fold gently to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for several hours for best flavor.
  2. Lay out four slices of bread on a work surface. Spoon about 1/2 cup salad mixture over each slice, spreading gently to cover. Add top slices to sandwiches and cut in half. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

For a boxed lunch, I usually pack the salad in a plastic container with the bread packaged separately. Diners can assemble their sandwiches on site. This keeps the sandwich from getting soggy as it sits..

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 557mg24%
Potassium 362mg10%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 177IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What’s YOUR favorite recipe for chicken salad sandwiches?

Originally posted February 5, 2009. Updated July 6, 2016.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches | Life as Mom

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  1. lerinleigh says

    My son ins’t in school yet, but I make my husband lunch every morning. It’s very unexciting, but he requests it every day…pbj! I just give him some different chips/crackers each day, and throw in some yogurt and granola-ish bars or a peice of fruit. Then top it off with a few snacks and drinks. He’s still a growin’ boy! (And by “growing” I mean expanding!)

  2. JessieLeigh says

    I pack hubby’s lunch for him everyday and, usually, it ends up being leftovers and some kind of little snack. I’m not married to guy with a huge appetite and he’s a bank manager so, well, he’s at a desk all day!

    Leftovers aren’t too exciting, but I do periodically tuck little love notes in there. I recently discovered he has saved them all (from all these years!) in the corner of one of his drawers… I found that sweet.

  3. $5 Dinner Mom says

    Fun! I don’t have a post about this, but my Hubs takes his lunch to work. Standard Turkey Sandwich, yogurt, granola bar and piece of fruit. I send a GFCFSF snack with my oldest to preschool. I would send healthier snacks for him anyways, cuz lets just say the PK snacks are loaded with white flour and HF corn syrup. Yuck! No thanks!

    Your recipe for chicken salad looks delish!

    🙂 Erin

  4. Mrs. Querido says

    I pack a lunch for my husband every day. I try to mix it up so he doesn’t get bored. Actually, I don’t pack him a lot of sandwiches because he isn’t a sandwich guy. Last night I made him steak and corn for his lunch today.

    He likes hot meals, not cold and he HATES leftovers.

    What is a frugal gal to do? I grew up on leftovers and sandwiches. Sigh. But I love him so I figure out ways to make lunch interesting. I like to see what I can make that will make his co-workers drool with envy 🙂

  5. Mrs. Querido says

    Oh, and I love chicken salad! Except we eat ours on tostadas…what can I say, I married a Mexican! I love the crunch it gives to an otherwise squishy meal 🙂 Try it sometime, you might like it.

  6. Zimms Zoo says

    I don’t have any particular
    recipes for our lunch. he doesn’t mind leftovers and has a microwave at his office so he likes hot meals if possible.

    In the summer I put frozen fruit in too and it is just thawed when he is ready for it and it cools him off when he has to work in the warehouse in the heat of summer.

  7. busy mom says

    This is the hardest one. I have meat and potatoes guys and a picky 8 yr. I have just got her to try apples here at christmas. My teen is not picky, but the rest are.
    I have the hardest time finding snacks for after school and I hate to see them snack on chips or go through the cabinets looking for something quick when I am fixing supper.

  8. Do you ever make chicken salad from chicken you’ve thawed from the freezer?

    I’ve craved my chicken salad like no tomorrow this time while pregnant! And I’ve made it a LOT.

    However, I’m afraid to make it with chicken from my freezer in fear that it would be a ‘soggier’ tasting chicken (if there is such a thing!).

    Have you tried it? What do you think, oh Freezer Cooking FishMama? 🙂


    • Jessica Fisher says

      @MamaLaundry, I think it would be fine. I can’t remember if I’ve done it before. I know that I always planned to, but don’t know if I actually did. How’s that for super helpful?

  9. Abby says

    chicken salad sandwiches are really good with pickled asparagus on them!

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