Of all the meats we can go to the grocery store and buy, chicken is arguably the most versatile. It can be cooked in almost any way imaginable (even boiled… yuck) and can be adapted to cuisines from all over the world. That makes it pretty valuable for a home cook of any skill level, and if you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch idea with this versatile bird, look no further than chicken salad.
Of all the loose food definitions out there, this one may be the loosest. According to the always popular Wikipedia, chicken salad is “any salad with chicken as a main ingredient.” Not the main ingredient, but a main ingredient. That wide open definition just leaves all kinds of room for creativity – which we absolutely love.
General ideas for ingredients include things like celery, almonds, mayo and cranberries, but what about blue cheese, pineapple, poppy seeds, apricot or mango? Or, why not mix in some all-time favorite ingredients like Sriracha and bacon. We have a little bit of everything on this scrumptious list of 30 chicken salad recipes, and if you can’t find something you like, you’re just not looking hard enough. Try one or try them all, just let us know which ones you dug the most in the comments section down below.