Easy Chicken Salad

easy chicken salad with leftover roast chicken
Chicken Salad

Here’s an easy chicken salad recipe made from leftover roast chicken. It has mayonnaise, sour cream, sweet relish, and a few other things for taste.

Easy Chicken Salad


  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups cooked chicken
  • 1 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • salt, pepper, garlic salt, dill to taste

Serve it on a bed of lettuce or make delicious sandwiches with your favorite bread.


How many times do you put something in the refrigerator thinking “I’ll make something with that.” Then, a week later, you discard it. I do it all the time! And it’s terrible to waste good food. So I’m trying to do better!

I have a friend who saves little tidbits of everything! She keeps it all in the freezer and then comes up with the best vegetable soups and stews ….all made from leftovers. So, I”m striving to do better.

Roast Chicken

Now that our household is just two, a roast chicken serves us well. My husband can eat a lot, but there is always leftover chicken. We (he) cooked one in the air fryer the other night and it turned out great. We ate all we wanted, but there was still leftover chicken.

My mother always taught me to never store anything in the refrigerator on the bone, like chicken or turkey, and to remove the meat from the bone first. So I did. It’s a job that I do not like, but I do it.

I wasn’t sure how much chicken salad I could make with these leftovers, but it looked like an ample amount.

leftover roast chicken
Leftover Chicken

The leftover roast chicken yielded more than expected. It was almost three cups! Enough for an easy chicken salad recipe with sour cream and mayonnaise.

Chop the Chicken

I prefer to chop the chicken with a knife instead of using a chopper or food processor. We like small bite-size pieces and using a chopper usually results in finely chopped chicken. It’s just a preference)))

chop chicken into bite-size pieces
Chop Roasted Chicken

Add other ingredients

Add the mayo, sour cream, sweet pickle relish, and spicy brown mustard. Prepare to do a lot of tasting! You may want more mustard, just go slow and don’t overdo it.

Out of sour cream? You can substitute plain yogurt for chicken salad with mayo and sour cream.

Add the other seasonings in small amounts and continue to taste. We don’t care for much garlic in our food, so I used just a dash or two. We do like the taste of dill and smoked paprika along with salt and pepper, so I seasoned it with more with them.

seasonings for easy chicken salad
Chicken Salad

Sprinkle a bit of smoked paprika on top too as a garnish. Stir well and serve with crackers on a bed of lettuce or make hearty sandwiches using your favorite toasted bread.

This is an easy chicken salad recipe that makes a good base chicken salad. You can always add other ingredients. Some of my favorite extra ingredients include chopped tart apples, crisp celery, grapes, and even toasted pecans. Do you add other things to your chicken salad? Leave us a note!

This easy chicken salad with roast chicken can also be made from leftover turkey. And if you don’t have roast chicken, just boil some until tender. I haven’t tried the recipe using leftover fried chicken, but if you removed the skin and crust, that should work too!

serve on a bed of lettuce or make hearty sandwiches


Corn on the Cob is a great side with chicken salad too. The Best, Easiest Microwave Corn on the Cob!

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Easy Chicken Salad from Leftover Roast Chicken

Easy chicken salad recipe made from leftover roast chicken. Just chop the chicken, add Mayo, sour cream, sweet relish and a few other seasonings for a tasty salad or sandwich.
Prep Time1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad from leftover chicken,, chicken salad made from roast chicken, easy chicken salad
Servings: 3
Calories: 301kcal



  • Chop the Chicken into small bite-size pieces. I prefer using a knife but you can use a chopper or food processor. Just take care not to chop it too fine.
    chop chicken into bite-size pieces
  • Mix mayonnaise, sour cream and sweet relish with chicken.
  • Add 1 tsp of spicy mustard (taste and add more if needed)
  • Add salt, pepper, garlic salt, dill weed and smoked paprika to taste. The amount of seasoning will depend on the how the chicken was cooked. Taste along the way!
    smoked paprika
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce or make sandwiches.
    easy chicken salad recipe


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: -5g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: -1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 507IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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