ForeverMama's Fabulous Chicken Salad

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"This recipe has been developed from experimenting and tweaking until a great chicken salad was achieved. This chicken salad is OUR FAVORITE! It is good enough to serve for a special occasion/holiday. I hope it becomes your favorite too. NOTE: I've never made this salad with leftover turkey, but I imagine it would be successful as well."

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (210.9 g)
  • Calories 257.2
  • Total Fat - 13.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2 g
  • Cholesterol - 278.5 mg
  • Sodium - 324.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 12.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.3 g
  • Sugars - 3.2 g
  • Protein - 22.4 g
  • Calcium - 51.4 mg
  • Iron - 3.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Remove meat from rotisserie chicken. Chop into bite size pieces. Add to large bowl; set aside.

Step 2

In a medium size bowl, add the next 9 ingredients; mix to blend. Add lime juice, adobo seasoning and black pepper to taste. Add to chicken and combine to distribute all ingredients evenly. Taste for seasoning and correct, if necessary. Chill for 1 hour before serving.

Step 3

NOTE: Concerning the seasonings, I don't always add exactly the amounts given, it's all a matter of taste. If your chicken is on the small size and you find that the amount of celery and scallions adds too much crunch in ratio to the size of your chicken, decrees to your liking if necessary.

Tip: I sometimes add a bit of sugar, if I went over too much on the lime juice or if I want a hint of sweetness. I add about 1/2 - 1 tsp sugar.

Another Tip: If you go over too much on the salt, add a few more drops of lime juice. Both lime and lemon juice, make the saltiness disappear. Of course test it bit by bit when adding lemon or lime juice, because you don't want to over power with the juice flavor. This tip is one of the secrets of the restaurant trade.

One last thing: I've never made this salad with leftover turkey, but I imagine it would be successful as well.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I cut this way down...and I used leftover turkey instead of the chicken...the dried cranberries added a nice sweetness and the celery and walnuts gave it the needed crunch...I loved all the spices and can see adding some apple chunks...made for FYC tag game...

review by:
(28 Nov 2018)


I just made a quarter batch for my lunch today and took a little taste. Yum! I love the flavor of the seasoning combination. I also love the crunch from the celery, red onion, green onion and walnuts! I used dried cherries and love that addition, too. This is a great chicken salad recipe. Thank you!

review by:
(29 Apr 2016)

Daily Inspiration

Really delicious and what a wonderful lunch we had today. We are "cranberry" fanatics so of course, we loved having them in the chicken salad along with all of the other wonderful ingredients. I used a large rotisserie chicken so we have plenty of this delicious chicken to feast on this week.

(28 Apr 2016)