Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol Chicken Salad

Have you tried the Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol Chicken Salad? Some of us are lucky we are located near a Chicken Salad Chick restaurant, if one opens in your area, I recommend you go. Until then, here is my easy copycat Classic Carol Chicken Salad. This is the perfect light lunch!

Sandwiches made with copycat Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol chicken salad.

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Chicken Salads at Chicken Salad Chick Restaurant

The Chicken Salad Chick restaurant prepares scratch-made chicken salad every day. They have traditional, savory, fruity, nutty, and spicy chicken salad. They also have delicious pimento cheese salad and egg salad. 

Are you looking for an excellent recipe for chicken salad? This salad is freshly made and full of flavor. This copycat Chicken Salad Chick recipe will soon become your favorite. Did I mention it is an easy recipe to prepare?

What Makes The Classic Carol Chicken Salad so Good?

I think there are a few different elements that make this recipe unique.

  • It calls for only chicken tenders. Chicken tenders shred wonderfully when pulled apart after cooking. CSC does not use chicken breast. They use tenderloins, and the strands of meat are shorter than in the chicken breast, so this way, your delicious chicken salad has a better texture. 
  • Celery is chopped super fine, so you don’t get large pieces.
  • Also, dry Ranch salad dressing mix adds a unique flavor.
  • This homemade version has the perfect balance of flavors. 


You only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty chicken salad:

  • Chicken tenderloins
  • Low-sodium chicken stock
  • Mayonnaise
  • Celery
  • Dry Ranch salad dressing mix
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
Copycat Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol chicken salad on a wood board.

I have chosen to cook chicken tenders in chicken stock for this recipe. I think this adds layers of flavor to the recipe. I think this adds layers of flavor to the recipe. Good quality chicken stock is made with carrots, celery, and onion. The chicken tenders pick up some of this flavor.

How to Make Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol Chicken Salad

  1. Place the chicken tenders and chicken stock in a large pot.
  2. Heat the pot over medium heat, letting the chicken poach for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Ensure the chicken is fully cooked before proceeding.
  3. Once the chicken is cooked, shred it. You can use a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or manually shred the chicken tenders using two forks.
  4. Mix celery, mayonnaise, dry Ranch dressing, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. Stir the chicken mixture until it is well blended.
  5. Add the shredded chicken into the bowl and stir until it’s fully incorporated with the other ingredients.
  6. Transfer the chicken salad to an airtight container.
  7. For optimal taste, prepare the chicken salad and chill it a few hours before it’s needed. This allows the flavors to meld together.

How to Serve Classic Carol Chicken Salad

If you dine at the Chicken Salad Chick, you can enjoy your chicken salad in two ways. One is a scoop of chicken salad on a bed of lettuce. I recommend using leaf lettuce for the best restaurant-inspired dish.

Copycat Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol chicken salad served over lettuce.

The other way you can have chicken salad is on a sandwich. Their sandwiches come with leaf lettuce and ripe tomatoes.

You can also stuff the chicken salad inside of a tomato or avocado. It’s entirely up to you.

Sandwiches made with copycat Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol chicken salad on a wood board.

What to Serve with Chicken Salad

Here are some ideas on what to serve with chicken salad:

  • A simple and quick option that adds a satisfying crunch. You could go for classic potato chips, kettle chips, or even veggie chips for a healthier twist.
  • Another quick option is serving it with crackers.
  • A hot bowl of soup can complement a chicken salad sandwich quite nicely. Tomato soup, vegetable soup, or chicken noodle soup are great choices.
  • A cold pasta salad with plenty of fresh veggies could be a refreshing side dish.
  • Dill pickles or sweet gherkins can provide a tangy contrast to the creamy chicken salad.
  • Slices of fresh fruit or a mixed fruit salad can be a refreshing and healthy side. Melons, berries, apples, or grapes would work well.
  • A side of coleslaw can be a great match, as its tangy flavor can balance out the creaminess of the chicken salad.
  • A simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing can provide a light and refreshing contrast.
  • Grilled veggies such as zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant can add a smoky flavor that complements the chicken salad nicely.
  • Potato Salad is a classic side dish for any sandwich and can be made in many different ways, with the addition of ingredients like dill, mustard, or even bacon.
  • Bacon Baked Beans can add a sweet and smoky flavor, contrasting the creamy and savory chicken salad.

Possible recipe variations

If you want to make the Classic Carol, please follow the recipe as written. Remember that you could change this Chicken Salad Chick copycat recipe and make it your own with some of these additions. This way, you can customize this classic chicken salad and turn it into your favorite chicken salad. 

  • Add a tablespoon of finely minced jalapeno for some extra flavor
  • You could stir in a couple of hard-boiled chopped eggs if you desire
  • Add a tablespoon of chopped white onions to make their Dixie Chick Salad 
  • Add a couple of teaspoons of sweet pickle relish and a couple of hard-boiled eggs to make Olvia’s Old South 

How to Store Homemade Chicken Salad

Both freshly prepared chicken salad and the leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last up to 5 days.

What type of mayonnaise does Chicken Salad Chick use?

They use Duke’s mayonnaise. I personally have made this with Hellman’s and had good results.

Is this copycat Chicken Salad Chick Salad gluten-free?

It depends on the ingredients you use when preparing the salad. You will have to check the label on each one to be sure.

Some store-bought chicken stock contains gluten. Both Duke’s Mayonnaise and Hidden Valley Ranch Original Dressing Mix are gluten-free.

Overhead view of copycat Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol chicken salad on top of lettuce leaves.

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Sandwiches made with copycat Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol chicken salad.

Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carol Chicken Salad

Make your own Chicken Salad Chick Chicken Salad Sandwich with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Salad, Chicken Salad Chick Chicken Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 430kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 32 ounces low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced celery
  • 2 teaspoons dry Ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Cook the chicken by poaching in chicken stock.  Fill a large pot with the chicken tenders and chicken stock.  Poach over medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.  
  • Shred chicken, the chicken can be shredded with a stand mixer by using a paddle attachment.  Or you can shred the chicken tenders with two forks.
  • In a medium sized bowl add celery, mayonnaise, dry Ranch dressing mix, salt and black pepper.  Stir until well blended.  
  • Add shredded chicken and mix in well. Store chicken salad in an air tight container.
  • The chicken salad tastes better if prepared a couple of hours before it is consumed.
  • Serve in a sandwich or on a bed of lettuce.



  • For variety you can add a tablespoon or two of green bell pepper.
  • This says fresh in an airtight container for 4 days after preparation.


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 962mg | Potassium: 835mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Anna

    5 stars
    This tastes just like chicken salad chick. I added about half of a small minced onion and about a tablespoon of minced green onion. Additionally I didn’t have any ranch season so I made my own with season all, pepper, and garlic and onion powder. It was great! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Richard

    5 stars
    I live in England it is difficult to find dry ranch dressing so I used equal amounts of mayonnaise and ranch dressing and it is delicious thanks

  3. Lisa Ray

    5 stars
    I made this two weeks ago and it was the first time I ever made chicken salad. It was absolutely delicious!!! I followed the directions exactly except I used boneless chicken breast instead of chicken strips. I also added finely minced onions along with the celery. I had to add more mayonnaise I think due to the amount of chicken I used. My mother-in-law lives with my husband and me and she absolutely raved about it. I love Chicken Salad Chick and this taste exactly like the Classic Carol! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! ❤️

  4. Suzi Ellis

    Thank you for this recipe..I used rye bread and it’s delicious..!!! My first time making it with Duke Mayonnaise. I Love it

  5. Crystal Browning

    I’m so excited to try this. I just recently discovered CSC about an hour from my home and have made excuses to go that direction just to stop there!

  6. jil

    breaded or non breaded chicken tenders? also, i looked up organic ranch dressing packets and every one of them is different. for instance, some have buttermilk, some don’t. which ranch seasoning is the best for this recipe?

    • Hannah

      5 stars
      Thank you for this recipe! Classic Carol is my favorite and this tastes just like it! They use Duke’s mayo but I used Blue Plate and it tastes just as good! Wonderful recipe ❤ my family and I love it!

  7. Ashley

    Just made this tonight as Classic Carol is my fave from CSC. I did chicken tenders in the crockpot and then 1/2+ cups of Duke’s. It’s exactly the same as the restaurant! I ate quite a bit room temp on saltines, but I can’t wait to eat it cold tomorrow maybe as tea sandwiches. This is a perfect recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

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