Chicken Salad—So Easy to Make!

Chicken Salad on a freshly baked bun

Easy Chicken Salad: Enjoy making this tasty mix for your lunch today.

Pile it high on your very own freshly baked bread using this easy bread recipe from BreadWorld.

This is how we made our bread for this tasty concoction, using this very simple recipe. It's also good served as a scoop atop a regular green salad.

Coming up: The ingredients and how to make a tasty quick meal!

Ingredients for Chicken Salad

Enjoy as a Side, or as a Bun Filler!

  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated celery
  • 1/2 tablespoon dehydrated red onion
  • 1/2 of a 12.5 oz. can of canned cooked chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons real Mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons regular or reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard (optional) salt and ground black pepper to taste
Making chicken salad with canned chicken, mayo, and fresh celeryMaking chicken salad with canned chicken, mayo, and fresh celery.

In the above image, I used a can of Walmart's Great Value chunk chicken breast (don't knock it 'til you've tried it!), along with roughly four tablespoons of mayonnaise. I have about two ounces of chopped fresh celery in there too.

Mix well, add a bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Chicken Salad is So Easy to Make with Dehydrated Celery and Onion!

  1. Use clean cold water to rehydrate the celery and red onion.
  2. When plump, put in a medium-sized glass bowl, add the mayonnaise, sour cream, ricotta cheese, and mustard—mix together well.
  3. Add the chicken, crumbling it a bit as you go, squeezing out any excess liquid. Stir ingredients to mix in the chicken.
  4. Place in an airtight tub in the fridge to chill.

Want to Use Fresh Ingredients?

If you want to use fresh ingredients that you may have on hand, do this:

Chicken Salad on a freshly baked bun

Exchange the dry ingredients in the recipe, above, for these fresh ingredients listed below!

  • 3 tablespoons of finely diced/chopped celery
  • 1/8 of a red onion, peeled and finely diced

More Ideas for Tasty Chicken Salad Veggie Additions

Here are some other veggie options that can be added to chicken salad in addition to dehydrated celery and red onion:

  • Carrots - Shredded or finely diced carrots add crunch and sweetness. Use regular raw carrots or dehydrate them.
  • Bell peppers - Diced red, yellow, or orange peppers add flavor, texture, and color.
  • Radishes - Thinly sliced radishes add peppery flavor and crunch.
  • Cucumbers - Diced cucumbers are refreshing and add moisture. English or Persian work well.
  • Snap peas - Slice snap peas thinly on the bias for sweet crunch.
  • Roasted red peppers - Diced roasted peppers add concentrated flavor.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes - Chop rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes for a meaty, umami taste.
  • Celery seed - Add celery flavor without the bulk.
  • Pickles - Finely chopped dill or sweet pickles add tang.
  • Green onions - Thinly sliced green onions provide flavor.
  • Capers - Chopped capers contribute briny flavor.
  • Water chestnuts - Diced water chestnuts add extra crunch.

Any combination of these vegetables can add more flavor, texture, color, and nutrients to chicken salad.


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actually, there are 26 recipes!

🍕 Pizza!
🥧  Shepherd's Pie!
🥘  Beef Stew!

plus Cauliflower Soup and Cauliflower Mash, along with crazy Carrot Soup!

Decadent Desserts:

Carrot Cake and Cranberry Pineapple Pie and more...

The recipes also include the food ingredient amounts to use when you have fresh food on hand!


Convenient Canned Chicken!

What makes this an easy recipe is the convenience of canned pre-cooked chicken. These cans of chicken last for years (don't forget to check the date stamp on the can!) and are a great stand-in for fresh chicken.

Serve this variety of chicken salad mix on this fantastic Fresh Bread (click for recipe!)

Add a juicy slice of tomato, some mixed greens, and a few cool cucumber slices. Any way you serve this tasty salad, it makes a winner of a sandwich :-) and is ideal for picnics by the lake, or in your own backyard under the sun umbrella—and let's not forget those lazy days around the pool!

Tuna Salad

If you have a couple of spare cans of tuna lying around, then try your hand at making our tasty tuna salad too! The tuna salad is a breeze to make.

We have another recipe from John, AKA "Grandpa Yogi" over in the UK, and he titled it, "Tuna Pasta Bake," and as you might have guessed, it contains tuna, pasta, crème fraîche, and mushrooms. Please, check out his mouthwatering recipe here for Tuna Pasta Bake. Jeez, I'm so hungry right now...

Speaking of another tuna recipe, check out my Tasty Tuna Fish Soup here.

Whenever tuna and chicken cans go on sale, you bet I stock up on them, and so should you—put it away at today's prices, because you don't know how much more they will cost next week or next month.

I visit our local Sam's Club or BJ's Club and pick up 'chicken towers' or 'tuna towers'. They're priced right.

When a trip to the big box stores is inconvenient, I'll look out for buy-one-get-one's at our local grocery store (Publix).

Be Careful When Dehydrating Onions...

When you visit our "How to dehydrate onions" page, you'll see this warning:

Air Ventilation Warning

You may also wish to have your windows OPEN or put the A/C on
while you're dehydrating onions or garlic... as the powerful odor
can certainly circulate throughout the entire house!

If you ABSOLUTELY LOVE onions and garlic,
it's not such a bad thing, but if you don't...
just sayin'!

Air Ventilation
Warning

You may also wish to have your
windows OPEN or put the A/C on
while you're dehydrating onions or
garlic... as the powerful odor
can certainly circulate throughout
the entire house!

If you ABSOLUTELY LOVE onions and
garlic, it's not such a bad thing,
but if you don't...
just sayin'!

When you're busy dehydrating onions, it's not just about the aroma filling the house. Did you know that onions are poisonous to dogs?

Here's why:

  • Onions contain a compound called thiosulfate, which is toxic to dogs. Thiosulfate causes oxidative damage to red blood cells, leading to hemolytic anemia.
  • Onions also contain another compound called N-propyl disulfide, which can disrupt the metabolism of dogs and cats. This leads to a condition called Heinz body anemia.
  • The sulfur compounds in onions bind to canine hemoglobin molecules in red blood cells. This causes the red blood cells to rupture or burst.
  • Dogs lack the enzyme pathway that allows humans to digest onions safely. So onions remain in dog's bodies and continue to damage their red blood cells.
  • All forms of onions are toxic to dogs - raw, cooked, or powdered. The toxicity appears to be dose-dependent, so larger quantities are more dangerous.
  • Onion toxicity can cause symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, pale gums, elevated heart rate, and breathing difficulties in dogs. It can take 3-5 days after ingestion for signs to appear.
  • Some breeds like Japanese breeds (Akita, Shiba Inu) may be more susceptible to onion toxicity. So it's best to avoid giving any onions to dogs.

In summary, onions contain certain compounds that can be highly toxic and damage red blood cells in dogs, leading to dangerous conditions like anemia. It's important to keep all onion products away from dogs.

Watch Out for Garlic, Too - The ODOR is NOT Good for Dogs

Pretty much the same warning about onions applies to garlic. It, too, sounds the alarm. Though a small amount of garlic is unlikely to cause problems in most dogs, just know that their systems don't process garlic efficiently.

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