Thursday, February 14, 2008

Rotisserie Chicken Salad Recipe

I'm not very creative in the kitchen. I can follow a recipe (most of the time) and it will turn out okay (most of the time). Fortunately, DH is a good cook and has been the head chef of our family for the majority of our marriage. Being that I'm thrifty, it was killing me to keep paying deli prices for chicken salad. My favorite hotspot for it was SuperTarget where they had a Rotisserie Chicken Salad but it was very expensive. Finally, I decided to research recipes and experiment until I had one that I really liked. I found that it was easier to just modify the recipe each time I made it until it was right - trying different spices or extras such as onions. To my surprise, I came up with my own recipe for Rotisserie Chicken Salad. There's probably one exactly like it somewhere on the internet but I didn't find it before and I don't plan to search for it now. Instead, this is a brag and share post.

My first custom recipe…

Nicole's Next-Day Rotisserie Chicken Salad
3 lb Rotisserie Chicken (Our favorite – Sam's Club)
¼ tsp Oregano
¼ tsp Basil
¾ tsp Tarragon
1 tsp Garlic powder
¼ tsp Kosher salt
1 cup Mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip! Our favorite – Hellmann's)
Pepper to taste (Straight from the pepper mill)

Note: Best if prepared while the chicken is still warm then allowed to chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Pull and dice entire rotisserie chicken. Discard all but a few well-seasoned pieces of skin for added flavor. Dice skin pieces.
  • Combine all ingredients. Don't skimp on the mayo - It may look too creamy but much will be absorbed while refrigerated.
  • It's great on crackers or as a sandwich… but we love it best by the spoonful!



  • Apryl Kuhn

    Wow, you're brave! The best thing I make is reservations. ;)

  • Unknown

    you have a SuperTarget?!?! What is that like? I have never heard of one!

  • Nicole Brady

    It's a Target plus a grocery store. Think Super WalMart but with higher end stuff. They have a nicer deli, bakery and produce... and a STARBUCKS! But the prices are also higher, so we only go there for certain things.

    For me, the nicest thing about it (and Super WalMart) is the one stop shopping. Unbuckling two kids from car seats at every stop is so time consuming and they get impatient if we go too many places. :)

  • Patty

    Now I'm hungry. :) When I make chicken salad, I usually add taragon or thyme to the mayo but your combination sounds good so I'll try that next time.

  • Michele

    Sounds yummy. I'll give it a try. Do your kids like it?

  • Nicole Brady

    Miss M isn't a fan of anything mayo-ish. No potato salad or anything of the sort.

    Miss K, on the other hand, loves it!

    Anxious to hear if anyone tries it and what they think! Keep me posted!

  • Anonymous

    Sounds great . . . although I really love Miracle Whip. My little brother has always preferred Hellmann's, and this was a source of much contention in my childhood. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I made your chicken salad for a luncheon with just 2 small addition- slivered almonds and grapes- EVERYONE loved it and asked for recipe

  • Unknown

    Very tasty! I didn't have tarragon, so substituted dill and it worked well. Thanks for the recipe! I was looking for something simple, and yours came up first on google. :)

  • Nicole Brady

    Anonymous and Angela -

    Thanks for the feedback! I love hearing that people tried it and liked it. And it's fun to hear of changes you made to improve it!

  • Anonymous

    i've been searching for a chicken salad recipe for hours and this is the first one that sounds simple yet tasty. thanks for posting it.

  • Nicole Brady

    Thanks for the comment "Anonymous". I hope you enjoy the recipe and yes, it's super easy.

    Please stop back and let me know what you thought... if you liked it, at least. Enjoy!

  • deborah

    Didn't have tarragon, but tried it with the other ingredients, and it was DELICOUS! Thanks!

  • Jody

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Target's chicken salad. I used to work there many years ago in the portrait studio. Everyday for lunch I would buy a 1/2 pound of it and a crusty baguette. We don't have a SuperTarget where I live now, so I don't get to have it very often anymore. I will be sure to try this recipe and hope it compares. Thanks for posting it.