12 Chicken Salad Recipes That Shake Up Lunchtime

12 Chicken Salad Recipes That Shake Up Lunchtime

Ahhh, there's nothing quite like a nice chicken salad sandwich when it comes to lunch! Creamy, tangy, meaty, and just so satisfying! And of course, you need not limit yourself to sandwiches! You can dip crackers in it, serve it on lettuce leaves, or eat it straight with a fork. Here are 12 Recipes that really change up the chicken salad game and make lunchtime an event to celebrate!

1. Chicken Salad Pie

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If you are a chick (or dude) that loves chicken salad, we have a switch-up just for you! Chicken Salad Pie takes your favorite bite and adds a little surprise. A crispy pie crust gets topped with all the creamy components of chicken salad that you already trust, along with a cheddar-and-Gruyère-cheese blend melted right on top! Yummy! Who knew there were so many ways chicken salad could be eaten?! Chicken salad chicks (and dudes) know where it's at with this Chicken Salad Pie!

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2. Guacamole Chicken Salad

Guacamole Chicken Salad

Dig your fork right in! Guacamole Chicken Salad will turn your world upside down with all the great Tex-Mex flavors you love! When savory green onions, juicy tomatoes, and perky lime juice dance with succulent chicken, creamy mashed avocados, and zesty Mexican seasonings, you'll have created something truly special. Eaten on its own or with some crackers, Guacamole Chicken Salad is a new way to love some old favorites.

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3. Picnic Pulled Chicken


When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of your world, grab your favorite people, a few quilts, and head for the hills! And by the hills, we mean a park or somewhere outside that's quiet, with plenty of space for you to breathe as you enjoy a big, comforting feast featuring this Picnic Pulled Chicken! This version is sweet, saucy, shredded, and tastes lovely atop some amazingly fluffy buns. Make sure everyone brings a side to share, maybe some potato salad or a bunch of fresh veggies, to ensure your worries wither away with every feel-good bite. Nothing can make you feel better than Picnic Pulled Chicken shared with the people you love most!

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4. Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad


If you're longing for a more exciting lunch break, might we recommend a tasty beach-inspired trip for your taste buds?! This Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad has all that you love about your usual packed grub, but gives it a little taste of the tropics thanks to the hint of lime and the sprinkle of cilantro. As you dig in with your crackers (or pile it on top of some bread), you might even begin to hear the sound of the waves crashing in. Yep, it's that powerful! No more boring or bland, Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad is so good, you'll be doing the hula in the middle of your cubical!

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5. Hot Honey Chicken Salad

Hot Honey Chicken Salad

Looking for the best lunch option since sliced bread? Say "good-bye" to the boring PB&Js and "hello" to this fun, energizing, filled-with-flavor Hot Honey Chicken Salad! Load up your plate with a big helping of the freshest romaine lettuce and top it with all your favorite garden selections and juicy chicken. And now, the fun part! This dream-of-a-salad gets tossed in a sweet, tangy, homemade dressing that has a little kick, so you'll have a nice little pep in your step after lunchtime! Ready to transform your day in more ways than one?! Hot Honey Chicken Salad will make it happen!

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6. Hot Mess Chicken Salad

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Some days are just better than others, right? We get it. It happens to the best of us. But regardless of what's going on, this Hot Mess Chicken Salad will be waiting for you to make all your worries wither away! And don't worry, the name is just to match how you may be feeling before you chow down on this juicy chicken and veggie mixture, tossed in a creamy sauce and topped with melty cheese and crunchy crispy fried onions. We're pretty confident that once your plate is clean, you'll feel brand new and ready to tackle whatever is left on your schedule. The next time things feel a little chaotic, Hot Mess Chicken Salad is here to make it all the more deliciously peaceful!

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7. Curried Chicken Salad

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Curried Chicken Salad is an easy twist on a classic dish. It will have your guests coming back for seconds and asking for the recipe! It has all the creaminess of traditional chicken salad with added zing and flavor from curry powder and chutney. The nuts, raisins, celery, and scallions give it added texture, crunch, and chewiness. Curried Chicken Salad is savory, hearty, and super easy to prep and share!

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8. Thai Chicken Salad

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Ah, chicken salad, the classic lunch favorite, the sandwich filling staple, the mealtime magic with mayo! But after having the classic, you may want to change things up a little. Thai Chicken Salad delivers satisfaction with a new flare! The chicken is just as tender and savory as ever, but instead of mayonnaise, the chicken is coated in a sweet, spicy, tangy, and citrus bright sauce. Served over delightfully chewy sticky rice or crisp lettuce leaves, Thai Chicken Salad changes your lunch game without eating up your time, so you can focus on eating every last bite!

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9. Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

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Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad changes up the chicken salad paradigm with some crunch! The almonds add the bite and the grapes add bold fruitiness and sweetness to the creamy, savory mixture. Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad is a light and luxurious lunch that beats out other chicken salad sandwiches! Get ready to add a new favorite to your lunch rotation!

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10. Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

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It's time to turn up the heat on traditional chicken salad. Hot Chicken Salad Casserole is just as creamy, savory, and meaty as its cold cousin, but now in the form of a hearty home-cooked casserole. Filled with crunchy nuts and topped with crispy potato chips, Hot Chicken Salad Casserole literally sounds as delicious as it tastes. Melty and aromatic, this is one dish you can't pass up!

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11. Coronation Chicken Salad

Coronation Chicken Salad

The new monarch of chicken salad has arrived, and it must be celebrated. But surely no coronation can match the splendor of Coronation Chicken Salad! It's a uniquely Indian-inspired flavor, with a delicious mango chutney whipped into the tangy, creamy, spicy mayo mixture saturating every inch of the delicious tender chicken. The crunch from the almonds and the bursts of the refreshing grapes only add to the majesty that is Coronation Chicken Salad. Place a crown upon its head, by which we mean, grab some crackers and dive in!

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12. Summertime Chicken Salad

Summertime Chicken Salad

What makes Summertime Chicken Salad so summery? Well, it's all about those fun additions. It's still that classic chicken salad, with all the creamy, savory, poultry flavor that you've come to love and expect, with a few pecans mixed in for some bonus crunchy texture! Then things get really creative, with little added bites of green pepper and tropical pineapple for a flavor that tastes like the summer sun on a breezy day! A little lemon juice ups the brightness and makes Summertime Chicken Salad a hit! Chicken salad is now the refreshment you can't go without!

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