Easy Chicken Salad

April 19, 2022

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This is how my Nanny taught me to make chicken salad years ago. I’ve never tried it any other way because, “if it aint broke, don’t fix it.” Also, many folks imagine me with a house nanny when I say “my Nanny.” She’s my Grandma on my Moms side. Anyone else call their Grandma, Nanny? Nanny uses a food processor to grind up all her ingredients. So, you’ll need a food processor. I have had this cheap one from walmart for many years and it has served us well.

Now, this recipe is all to taste. I will give approximate measurements, but use this “recipe” as more of a guideline.

To make this simple recipe even easier, I put my chicken in the crockpot in the morning (on high for about 2 hours) and its ready to whip up by lunch. You will need the following:

  • 1-1.5 lb of chicken cooked in crockpot with 1/4 cup of water. I season with garlic and onion powder.
  • 7-8 stalks of celery
  • 1 cup of pecans or walnuts
  • 1-1.5 cups of mayonnaise. I use Dukes, duh.
  • 2-3 oz of raisins (I love to chop up grapes too. Mark prefers raisins over grapes. So, I almost always use raisins.)

I put each of these in the food processor one by one with the exceptions of the raisins.

I use a tuperware bowl because we always have extra. After you’ve got all your ingredients in a bowl, add the mayonnaise and mix it together until well combined.

We also like to serve with croissants.




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  1. Phyllis says:

    Looks so good yum

  2. Paige Godwin says:

    Looks delicious
    Thanks you for sharing.
    Looks like ur have a nice trip.

  3. Tiffany Scales says:

    Sounds so yummy! My husband’s grandma (his dad’s mom) goes by Nanny as well. She’s an amazing woman! I say Nanny is a pretty good name for some of the best grandmas! ❤️

  4. Charlotte says:

    I’m “Nanny”! 💜 I love a good chicken salad and will have to try this. Dukes for the win!

  5. Crystal D. says:

    Sounds so good! Yes, i called my grandma on my moms side Nanny. Being the oldest grandchild, everyone after me called her that too. I miss her so much! 😔 She passed away Sept 2009. And not a day goes by she doesnt cross my thoughts. We had such a unique, tight bond. (Ok, gotta quit, “tears”)
    Look forward to trying this tho!

    • Brittany Smith says:

      I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Its so hard losing them earth side, but will be such a sweet reunion heaven-side.

  6. Susan says:

    What chicken pieces do you use? Do you use bone-in pieces?

    • Brittany Smith says:

      You can buy a rotisserie chicken to make it faster. I usually just throw some boneless chicken in the crockpot in the morning and its done by lunch. In time to make it into chicken salad.

  7. Stacy says:

    I make a similar one using onions, grapes, no nuts or raisins and I add a ton of curry. It’s delicious!

  8. Mandy May says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

    Now…. Off to make myself a chicken salad sandwich. ❤️✨


    Mandy May

  9. Marsha Stone says:

    Yum can’t wait to try !