Chicken Salad Chick Chicken Salad

Have you tried the Chicken Salad Chick Classic Carole 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.

two chicken salad sandwiches on wheat bread with tomatoes and lettuce

Are you looking for a great recipe for chicken salad? The Chicken Salad Chick restaurant is your answer to many different wonderful chicken salad recipes. This salad is freshly made and full of flavor. This recipe is soon to become a favorite of yours.

What makes Chicken Salad so good?

I think there are a couple of different elements that makes this recipe unique. They use 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 the 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 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. Elizabeth

    My first experience for there chicken salad was delighted however I recently purchased premade to go containers, I was looking forward to another Fancy Nancy sandwich but on the second bite there was a texture that didn’t belong in the salad, it looked to be either chicken skin or something but was about the length of a dill pickle but thinner and not as wide, needless to say it ruined my taste for chicken salad chic in the future and that’s disappointing to be a restaurant thats healthier than fast food.

  2. Anne

    5 stars
    Perfectly delicious! I will omit the 1/2 teaspoon of salt next time or add it after tasting if needed. The dry ranch dressing provides enough saltiness for my taste. Glad to find this recipe!

      • ashley

        They dont use an exact ranch seasoning. It may be similar, but its not ranch. Im sure ranch seasoning may add good flavor though. They steam chicken tenders, mix it with the dukes, secret seasoning, and the minced celery. It sits overnight before being mixed into flavors. Kickin kaylynne would have buffalo sauce, ranch, bacon, cheddar, and A touch of Sriracha. 😁

      • Stephanie

        Thanks for the heads up. I didn’t think they used Ranch, as I do, but it’s hard to approximate proprietary seasoning blends. I think it is close in flavor.

    • Rachel

      Hi Erica! I have asked at CSC before, and Rockin’ Rita is just Classic Carol with Wickles Pickles spicy red sandwich spread mixed in! I use this copyKat recipe and just add the wickles! It is my FAVORITE And hate you can only get it certain times of the year!

  3. Jennifer

    5 stars
    I just made this recipe. My husband and I were surprised how much it tastes like the original. It is going into the food rotation!!! Thank you!!

  4. Abigail

    I’m excited to try this! I LOVE chicken salad chick (but now moved away where there are none local – within a couple hours!). I think I saw you’re working on a copycat recipe for the fancy nancy, is that right? Would love that and the sassy scotty!! 🙂

  5. Brenda

    5 stars
    THANK YOU! We don’t have a Chicken Salad Chick where I live. I go everytime I visit my sister! My favorite is Fruity Fran. I never expected to like pineapple in my chicken salad and it is now my FAVORITE! Please work on a copykat for that one too.

  6. Daisy

    I already have some shredded chicken left over from another recipe I made. How much chicken is 1 1/2 pounds once it’s cooked and shredded?

  7. Leona

    Do you shred the chicken in the broth or remove from broth. I removed mine but it isn’t creamy. Should I add more mayonnaise.

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