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 recipe for the delicious classic Carol chicken salad.

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Chicken Salads at Chicken Salad Chick Restaurant

The Chicken Salad Chick restaurant is your answer to many different wonderful chicken salads. They have traditional, savory, fruity, nutty, and spicy chicken salad.

Are you looking for a great recipe for chicken salad? This salad is freshly made and full of flavor. This recipe is soon to become a favorite of yours.

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.
  • Celery is chopped super fine, so you don’t get large pieces of celery.
  • Also, dry Ranch salad dressing mix adds a unique flavor.
chicken tenders, mayonnaise, chicken stock, celery, and dry Ranch salad dressing mix

For this recipe, I have chosen to cook chicken tenders in chicken stock. 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 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 leaf lettuce. The other way you can have chicken salad is on a sandwich. Their sandwiches come with leaf lettuce and ripe tomatoes.

If you want you could serve it with crackers or you could stuff the chicken salad inside of a tomato. It’s completely up to you.

A scoop of low carb chicken salad on a bed of lettuce

What type of mayonnaise does Chicken Salad Chick use?

They use Duke’s mayonnaise. I personally have made this is 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.

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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. Bob Kirkpatrick

    5 stars
    Made it today and I’ve got to say it was exceptional! The tip on using stand mixer with paddle attachment made shredding the chicken easy! I did find that it needed the quantity of mayonnaise to be doubled and a half as was extremely dry. Other than that – superb and I will make again and again. Wife likes the Fancy Nancy so I added half of a Fuji apple diced, handful of grapes sliced in half and chopped pecans to this recipe. Daughter likes Jalapeño Holly so added diced jalapeños to the Classic Carol. All were excellent. Thanks!!!

  2. Nicole Barrera

    I’d like to try making the Barbie-Q or the Buffalo Barclay Chicken Salads. I moved to a new city that unfortunately does not have a Chicken Salad Chick so I’ve been trying to make my own versions. Would you know how much BarBQ Sauce (or Buffalo Sauce) to add to the Classic Carol recipe?

  3. Katelyn

    Love chicken salad chick and have been looking for a copy cat recipe forever I can’t wait to try this one! I’d also love a copy cat for some of the other flavors like Dixie Chick, Sassy Scotty or Jalapeño Holly.

  4. Scuhbuh

    I followed the recipe, and it was so salty! It may be because the Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing mix I used also has sodium in it. Anyway, just be very careful. I would add only half or maybe even less of the salt called for. You can always add more later. With the saltiness in check, this would be a great recipe! Thanks for the copy-cat recipe, Stephanie! We enjoy Chicken Salad Chick.

  5. Terri J

    I’d like to try to make their limited-time Tarragon Dijon chicken salad. Would you have any idea how much of each to add to the Classic Carol recipe?

      • Brian Johnson

        But what brand of mayonnaise? I will just assume Dukes of course. We are opening our copycat store called Chicken Salad Jox and naming the recipes after college football teams. Not really but a fun idea. First one is Classic Cox since I am in SC, lol. Quickly followed by Tiger Tarragon. Haha have fun with the idea and a great way to name copycat recipes for foorball season.

  6. Sherry Canada

    Gotta to have some chopped boiled eggs and 1 or 2 Tbs sweet pickle relish….yummmy Love to roll chicken salad in lettuce.

  7. Kateena innis

    5 stars
    I’m trying this tomorrow!!!! Nice and amazing recipe shared by you, thank you so much for that.

  8. Pamela Martin

    5 stars
    Excellent! It tastes wonderful. I like the white meat only because it has a cleaner taste but I have to admit that I just don’t like the dark meat of a chicken. This will be easy to make-n-take to work.

  9. Angelina

    4 stars
    Sounds tasty, and I agree with you about using chicken tenders, Also, I think you meant to say chicken broth, not chicken stock, since stock is made from cooking down the bones, and broth is made from the meat. That being said, whenever I make chicken salad (I’m not referring to this recipe) I found that the tastiest chicken salad is made with equal amounts of light & dark meat. The dark meat (chicken thighs) add a LOT more flavor, which white meat just doesn’t have. I am however, anxious to try this chickens salad recipe, since it sounds amazing with the Ranch Dressing.

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