Jason’s Deli Chicken Salad

If you are looking for a simple, but very appetizing chicken salad recipe, this Jason’s Deli Chicken Salad is perfection.  It’s made with chicken and mayo but adds a special ingredient to make it so unique.  And it takes only 10 minutes to make.Homemade copycat Jason's Deli Chicken Salad on top of mixed greens on a plate..

Classic Chicken Salad

Do you like chicken salad, but think it can be complicated to make?  A classic chicken salad recipe is usually made up of chicken, mayo, hard-boiled egg, celery, onion, pepper, pickles and a variety of mustards.  But this can take too long to make on the fly.  But this Jason’s Deli chicken salad has only 6 ingredients and takes only 10 minutes to make.  And would you be surprised to know, the secret ingredient is crushed pineapple.  It’s surprisingly amazing and slightly sweet.  And the almonds give it the perfect crunch!

How to Make Jason’s Deli Chicken Salad

Would you be surprised to know, the secret ingredient in this recipe is crushed pineapple.  It’s surprisingly amazing and slightly sweet.  And the almonds give it the perfect crunch!

Here’s what you need:

  • Chicken Breast
  • Mayonnaise
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Almonds Slivers
  • Salt & Pepper

After you shred the chicken, combine it with the mayonnaise, crushed pineapple, almond slivers and salt & pepper.  Make sure it’s completely mixed together and refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Scoop of homemade Jason's Deli chicken salad on top of mixed greens.

Notes

  • If you do not want to drain your pineapple you don’t need to, but you will need to reduce the amount of mayonnaise by at least a tablespoon.
  • Store the chicken salad in the refrigerator in a sealed container.  It will last for about 2-3 days.
  • If you are going to freeze the chicken salad, do not mix in the mayo until you are ready to eat.
  • Chicken salad can be served hot or cold.  This recipe is cold but you can use warm chicken for the salad.
  • You can serve this chicken salad alone, with crackers, on a sandwich, or you could get fancy and stuff it inside of cream puff shells for a party.

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Chicken salad recipe from Jason's Deli

Jason's Deli Chicken Salad

Enjoy Jason's Deli Chicken Salad when you make it at home.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Salad Recipe, Jason's Deli Chicken Salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 282kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup almond slivers you can add more if you like
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Shred chicken into fine pieces. In a medium-sized bowl combine chicken, crushed pineapple, mayonnaise, almond slivers, salt, and pepper. Stir until the mixture is uniform. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

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Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • If you do not want to drain your pineapple you don't need to, but you will need to reduce the amount of mayonnaise by at least a tablespoon.
  • Store the chicken salad in the refrigerator in a sealed container.  It will last for about 2-3 days.
  • If you are going to freeze the chicken salad, do not mix in the mayo until you are ready to eat.
  • Chicken salad can be served hot or cold.  This recipe is cold but you can use warm chicken for the salad.
  • You can serve this chicken salad alone, with crackers, on a sandwich, or you could get fancy and stuff it inside of cream puff shells for a party.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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About Stephanie

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 CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Linda

    I finally got to try the chicken salad at Jason’s Deli last week. I ordered it in a wrap with avocado slices and I have to say that it was nothing short of amazing. I bought the rotisserie chicken salad back in October of ’16 (I posted above about it) but things came up and I never did get around to making your copycat version. My how time gets away from us so fast. It’s now March of ’18 and I came back here to find the recipe again, now that I have tried the real thing. I ordered the full wrap, but could only eat half of it. My husband, who met me for lunch at Jason’s, said he’d take my uneaten half with him and put it in the fridge at work and bring it home to me that evening. I was on my way to run errands and the wrap would have sat in my car for a few hours, so hubs took it with him. Well, he forgot to bring it home (darned forgetful men!) and it’s still sitting in the fridge at his office. So much for that.

    So I bought the stuff to make your recipe and I’m eating it now and wow, this is really good. Simple, easy and so delicious. I used the breasts of a rotisserie chicken, roasted skin and all, and shredded it all up in my food processor. Then added the S&P, the mayo, the crushed pineapple and the sliced almonds and it came out really good. Will have another chicken salad wrap and some soup for dinner.

    Thanks again for posting this.

  2. Nikki Lawrence

    What mayo should you use? Ive heard people say you can use Helmans or dukes… but i think helmans has a better flavor. What is your suggestion?

  3. Laurel Struble

    I love it. It is just like Jason,s Deli. Thank you. I will definitely look to you for my copycats. When and where does your show come on.

  4. Linda

    What a great idea with the pineapple. Like others have mentioned, I usually make my chicken salad with grapes (I use sliced red seedless) but I love pineapple as well and must try this soon. Almonds are also wonderful in chicken salad. Adds a nice healthy crunch. I use light mayo (only Hellman’s) to save on fat and cals and the fruit gives it a nice contrast with the sweetness, so can’t wait to try the pineapple version. Chicken salad is a scary thing for me because of the high fat content with all the mayonnaise most restaurants use, so I never order it out. I only make it at home and now I have something new to try.

    I love your show (in fact I’ve got in on right now) and watch it on my Roku all the time. Of all the cooking shows I’ve added to my list, yours is my favorite and I’ve gotten so many great ideas from you. Thanks! 🙂

    • Stephanie

      Thank you for watching the videos. I hope you enjoy them. I hope you enjoy the chicken salad. I think this one can be lightly dressed as compared to other salad dressings.

      • Linda

        Will be trying it soon, as today I bought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. So many things you can do with those and this recipe is the next on my list, as well as some homemade chicken noodle soup!

  5. William G Berninghausen

    I might think about subbing greek yogurt for at least part of the mayo. That would save some calories so the chicken could be half thigh and half breast–lots more flavor that way. The pineapple is genius.

  6. SavvyMomNYC - Ker

    I love chicken salad and this recipe sounds delish! Adding pineapple would be new for me but I bet would add great flavor.

  7. Mary Gresham

    We love chicken salad and love Jason’s. I’m making this today and stuffing it in garden fresh tomatoes. Thanks.

      • MeLynda Garcia

        Hi Stephanie, as a Jason’s Deli employee for over 8 years I’ve pretty much made all of the in house recipes. The only difference in their version is white pepper instead of black pepper and lemon juice for freshness. Other than that I’d say you hit it spot on..

  8. Star Traci

    Excellent! This looks super yummy. I haven’t been to a Jason’s in ages and now I want to make this & remember. Thanks for the share. I think I can actually make this.
    🙂
    Traci

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