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Chicken Salad to Feed a Crowd


A delicious chicken salad recipe is always at the top of my summer menu list. Easy, quick and delicious, it takes just minutes to throw together, but is bursting with flavor! A few ingredients can be transformed into a cold, creamy salad or filling for a homemade chicken salad sandwich or wrap. It is the perfect recipe to prepare in advance and goes great with so many different occasions — baby showers, graduations, bridal showers, picnics, meal prep and snacking around the pool. A really good chicken salad recipe is one of those things everyone needs in their back pocket for just the right time.

Easy Peasy Pleasy Tips:

  • Prepare the salad the day before for maximum flavor infusion. If using it as a dip, you are all set. If using on a sandwich, wait and add to the bread before serving.
  • I like to add some green leaf lettuce to the bottom slice of bread before adding the chicken salad. This will stop the bottom piece of bread from becoming soggy.
  • I use whole grapes when they are small but cut in half when they are large.
  • An easy way to skip cooking chicken is to grab a rotisserie chicken. If that isn’t available, grab some diced Tyson Roasted Chicken.
  • The original recipe will feed a large crowd, but it’s super easy to cut down for a small crowd or for meal prep lunch. I halved the ingredients for a smaller crowd and quartered the ingredients for meal prep lunch.

Chicken Salad


  • 4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large can pineapple tidbits
  • 2 pounds white grapes
  • 10-ounce slivered almonds
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 quart mayonnaise
  • 2 cans water chestnuts, chopped


Cook and chop chicken breasts. Mix all ingredients and store in a covered dish. Refrigerate overnight. Stir well before serving.

Thank you to Marilyn Wilson for this amazing Chicken Salad Recipe. There are over 800 recipes in the “What’s Cookin’ at First Security Vol. 2,” all submitted by employees and customers. Proceeds from the sales go to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help feed people across the state. You can purchase the cookbooks for $20 at any First Security Bank location.

For more recipes from the cookbook, click here.

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Well-known Arkansas food writer and recipe creator Lacie Ring was born and raised right here in Arkansas. Although her husband’s military career took them around the world, he and Lacie settled back in their home state. Lacie blogs at www.easypeasypleasy.com where she creates easy and delicious recipes for busy families. She is also a recipe creator and food photographer for brands local to Arkansas and abroad. In her spare time, Lacie enjoys spending time with her son and husband camping and enjoying the outdoors.

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