Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Sandwiches

10.20.2018

Chicken Salad is a classic American dish everyone loves. This recipe includes lean chicken breasts, fresh celery and grapes, and a creamy Greek yogurt based poppy seed dressing. In other words say hello to your new favorite lunch!

Three chicken salad sandwiches in croissants on a white serving plate. Chicken salad filling includes chicken breasts, grapes, celery, almonds and a creamy poppy seed dressing.

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Summer is practically here so that means you’ll need to be ready with plenty of chicken salad recipes, right?

I love chicken salad for lunch on a hot summer day because it’s served cold, I also love it because it’s perfect for picnics and get togethers plus it’s something my whole family loves. Another thing about it is that always leaves me craving more with all the different flavors and textures.

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Here you get the nutty, crunchy goodness from the almonds, the creaminess of the dressing (which has a wonderful blend of sweet, salty and tangy), a juicy sweet bite from the grapes, and of course the delicious hearty goodness of tender chicken breasts.

Chicken salad ingredients in a wooden bowl including chicken breasts, grapes, celery, almonds, green onions and poppy seed dressing. Ingredients shown in separate sections before mixing together.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Cooked chicken breasts
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Almonds
  • Green onions
  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Dijon mustard

Close up image of chicken salad filling showing chicken, grapes, celery, almonds, green onions and a creamy dressing.

How to Make Chicken Salad

  • Mix all dressing ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Add all chicken salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl or a salad bowl.
  • Add dressing and toss to evenly coat.

How do You Cook the Chicken?

Any left over lightly seasoned cooked breast will work here or rotisserie chicken. If you don’t have leftover here’s the method I use:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Pound chicken to an even thickness and brushed both sides lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast in a preheated 425 degree oven until center registered 165, this will take anywhere from 15 – 25 minutes depending on thickness of chicken breasts.
  • Let chill through in the fridge then dice.

Four chicken salad sandwiches stacked on a white serving platter.

What Should I Serve the Chicken Salad on?

  • Croissants
  • Whole grain bread
  • Bagels
  • Butter lettuce
  • Tortillas
  • Wraps

Chicken Salad served in a lettuce leaf on a white plate with a side of potato chips and grapes.

How Can I Make it In Advance?

You can prep the salad ingredients a day in advance (have them chopped and in a bowl), then just wait until the following day when ready to serve to toss it with the dressing.

So if you are making it for a workday lunch just keep the dressing separate from the salad and toss together when you’re ready to eat it and layer in a bread or lettuce.

Chicken Salad as a lettuce wrap.

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Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

5 from 2 votes

Chicken Salad is a classic American dish everyone loves. This recipe includes lean chicken breasts, fresh crisp celery, sweet grapes, crunchy almonds, and a creamy Greek yogurt and mayo based poppy seed dressing. In other words say hello to your new favorite lunch!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 302 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

Chicken Salad

  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked, chilled and diced into small cubes*
  • 1 1/3 cups red grapes, halved
  • 3/4 cup small diced celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions (green portion only)

Dressing

  • 2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt*
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or to taste

Instructions

  1. For the dressing: Mix all dressing ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined.

  2. For the salad: Add all chicken salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl or a salad bowl. Add dressing and toss to evenly coat. 

  3. Store in refrigerator. Serve within 1 - 2 hours for best results (it's still good for another day but the almonds soften a little and the grapes juices run into the dressing).

Recipe Notes

  • *I recommend using a brand such as Fage for a thicker consistency.
  • Serve in croissants, whole grain bread slices, bagels, tortillas or wraps, butter lettuce or romaine lettuce leaves.
  • Use leftover chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken or to cook the chicken: line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Pounded chicken to an even thickness, brushed both sides lightly with olive oil, season with S&P. Roast in a preheated 425 degree oven until center registered 165 (this will take anywhere from 15 - 25 minutes depending on thickness of chicken breasts). Then let chill through in the fridge.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 599mg 25%
Potassium 680mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 5.3%
Calcium 10.4%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

15 comments

  • Joy: This is delicious! Great without the bread/bun….just by itself! August 4, 2018 at 4:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy you liked it! Thanks for commenting! August 7, 2018 at 2:47pm Reply

  • Polski Dentysta Londyn: Ooo yum yum!! These must be delicious!! May 21, 2018 at 2:19am Reply

  • Ed: I feel the taste of this recipe while seeing pics. Looking delicious. I love chicken, and i will try it. March 24, 2017 at 12:00am Reply

  • Jan Doyle: I made this chicken salad recipe exactly like you instructed and it was delicious. The pictures and description of the salad were great. Those sharing this meal with me were quite impressed and wanted the recipe. Thanks. June 11, 2016 at 9:12pm Reply

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