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.

two chicken salad sandwiches on wheat bread with tomatoes and lettuce

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. Vicki Niles

    5 stars
    I fell in love with Chicken Salad Chick’s chicken salad when I was visiting in South Carolina. They don’t have these great restaurants in the northwest so I tried this recipe. It is so yummy!!

  2. Shelly

    5 stars
    I absolutely LOOOOVE this chicken salad from chicken salad chick! I cannot believe how spot on this recipe is for the restaurant version! THANK YOU!

  3. Becky

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I love CSC, and I just made a big bowl of my favorite, Fruity Fran by using your base recipe and adding chopped white seedless grapes, pineapple tidbits and finely diced apple. I had some wheat crackers and and it’s lunch time!

  4. Jenn

    Any idea about Cranberry Kelli? I know there are dried cranberries and slivered almonds, but do you just use this one as a base and add that?

  5. Holly

    Do you happen to know the recipe for the true blue Betty! I was obsessed but it was only seasonal so it’s gone. So sad! I’m craving it so badly!

    • Leigh

      For every lb of the base recipe (Classic Carol) it’s a quarter cup of each ingredient. So, the True Blue Betty would be the base with a quarter cup of blue cheese, a quarter cup or ranch, a few dashes or Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper to taste!

  6. Denise Kovalewich

    5 stars
    So quick and easy to make. I added some scallions to the recipe. I’m a chicken salad fanatic and his didn’t disappoint. I’m on the East Coast, so I used Hellman’s mayo and it was delish.

  7. Amy

    I have searched for Olivia’s Old South (the one with pickles and eggs) and have not been able to find a recipe for it. Do you happen to have this recipe? Thanks!

  8. Joann

    I have had the. Hi Ken said here several times and it is fabulous. They also offer a grape salad wit cream cheese sauce that is out of this world. Do you happen to,have the receipt for,the cream cheese sauce?

      • Becky

        I live in south GA and this salad is very common. I dont add the extra brown sugar, I’m dibetic.

        8 ounces (226.8 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
        1 cup (230 ml) sour cream
        ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
        1 teaspoon vanilla extract
        4 pounds (1.81 kg) red seedless grapes, rinsed and drained well, about 10 cups
        ½ cup (110 g) light brown sugar
        1 cup (99 g) chopped pecans
        In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and thick, about 3 minutes.
        Add the grapes to the bowl and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the grapes into the cream cheese mixture until everything is evenly coated. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, or overnight.
        Prior to serving, sprinkle with brown sugar and chopped pecans. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    • Tiff

      They tell you what is in it when you visit the restaurant. Simply ask. I know its grapes, cream cheese, and I believe sour cream, with brown sugar and pecans on top.

    • Luly

      5 stars
      I have the recipe for the grape salad at the house and it actually uses mayonnaise which sounds so weird but it’s true.

  9. Margaret

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe so many times that I no longer need to refer to the recipe. Every person who eats it says it is better than CSC. My teenage daughter, who is a picky eater, absolutely loves it. I use the following products: Better than Bouillon (low sodium) for the broth; Duke’s Mayonnaise (way more than the recipe calls for); and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this wonderful recipe with us!

  10. E Shel

    They do not use dry ranch.
    It’s a seasoning packet but no dry ranch

    Dixie Chick is just a base + diced onions
    Jalapeño Holly is the based + pickled jalapenos

  11. Jessica

    Please please copy the dill-iciois recipe. It was available MAYBE 2 weeks here and I got hooked and now it’s gooooone

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