Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

5 from 9 votes

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This Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe is my go-to for when I’m hosting a luncheon or shower. Tender chicken, grapes, celery, nuts and a delicious sauce is a perfect combination. Delicious!

Chicken Salad Sandwiches on a plate

Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Breakfast and dinner get a lot of attention, but lunch can sometimes slip through the cracks. Check out some of our favorite salads, sandwiches, and wraps to spice up that middle meal!

These Chicken Salad Sandwiches are always the star of the buffet when I am hosting a luncheon or a baby or bridal shower. The sweet, slightly savory sauce is mixed with tender chunks of chicken, sliced grapes, and cashews and is perfect served on croissants or rolls. This delicious chicken mixture can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until party time. I’ve also made these to take along on picnics, lake trips, and family reunions. It’s easy to make, looks beautiful and tastes absolutely delicious!

Chicken Salad Sandwiches on a plate

Methods for Preparing Chicken

There are a couple of easy methods to get perfectly cooked shredded chicken:

  • The one I like the best is using a slow cooker. When I need cooked chicken for a recipe, I place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker on high for 2 ½ to  3 hours with about a ½ cup of chicken broth per 3 chicken breasts. Sometimes I add seasonings depending on what type of recipe I am preparing. After it is no longer pink, I remove the chicken and shred it.
  • Another method is to boil the chicken on the stovetop. Place the chicken in a saucepan and cover the chicken with water. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the chicken is no longer pink, about 15-20 minutes. Remove the chicken from the water and allow to cool, then shred the meat with two forks.
  • If I’m really pressed for time, I use the Kirkland Signature brand canned chicken from Costco or I buy a rotisserie chicken and remove the meat from the chicken and shred it. All of these methods work well for the chicken salad filling.
Chicken Salad in a bowl

How to Make Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot

My favorite way to make shredded chicken is in the Instant Pot (aka pressure cooker). I love it because it’s fast, it cooks evenly, and the chicken comes out perfectly shreddable every time. I also love that you can cook the chicken from frozen (which is not recommended in a slow cooker). Shredded chicken in the Instant Pot couldn’t be easier, here’s what to do:

  1. Place chicken in the Instant Pot
  2. Add water, seasonings and a little butter (butter optional but highly recommended)
  3. Seal and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes (30 minutes if cooking from frozen) then quick release.
  4. Remove chicken and shred

For a full guide to shredding chicken click HERE.

What to Serve with Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Serve this chicken salad recipe on croissants, rolls, or bread slices. You can also use tortillas to make a wrap, pita pockets, or just plain over a bed of lettuce. If you want to make it a meal, I like to serve it with a side of fruit or potato chips.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches on a plate


How many sandwiches does this recipe make?

This makes 6-8 sandwiches if using regular-size croissants, sliced bread, or wraps. If using mini croissants or dinner rolls, this recipe will make approximately 12 sandwiches.

Can I make Chicken Salad ahead of time?

Yes, but you have to make some modifications. You can mix the chicken, mayo, and spices together beforehand. You can also cut the celery and grapes beforehand. Right before you serve, mix the grapes, celery, and cashews into the chicken. Store everything in an airtight container.

Is there a substitute for mayonnaise?

Instead of using mayo, you can use greek yogurt. You might need to add a little more salt and pepper to make up for the flavor, but the consistency is a good match.

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Chicken Salad Sandwiches on a plate

Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

5 from 9 votes
This chicken salad sandwich recipe is my go-to for when I'm hosting a luncheon or shower. Tender chicken, grapes, celery, nuts, and a delicious sauce is a perfect combination. Delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 2 cups chicken cooked and shredded
  • cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup grapes cut in half
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Bread of your choice – croissants pita pockets, tortilla wraps, sliced bread, rolls


  • Add all the ingredients to a large bowl.
    Chicken, grapes, celery, mayonnaise, cashews, and spices in a glass bowl
  • Stir until combined.
    Chicken Salad in a bowl
  • Spoon the chicken salad mixture onto croissants or bread of your choice and add a lettuce leaf.
    Chicken Salad Sandwiches on a plate


Nutrition does not include the bread of your choice.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 86mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 29IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. You can also shred chicken in a KitchenAid mixer. After the boiling method, put the still hot chicken breasts in the bowl with the regular mixer and turn it on. Works great!

  2. 5 stars
    I too, use the Costco canned chicken. I’m all about easy breezy! I do make sliced sugared almonds and put those on top of my chicken mixture. So yum!

  3. 5 stars
    When I make chicken salad I’ve always put in pecans, but cashews may be a welcome change! Thanks for different ideas!