Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad Recipe

This old-fashioned recipe harkens back to our great-grandmother's day when a well-seasoned mix of chopped chicken and celery were bound together with homemade mayonnaise and a generous splash of fresh lemon juice. Boiled eggs and pickled relish were optional. Large hens, simmered until tender, yielded both white and dark meat for maximum flavor.

Hands-On Time time: 25 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings


4 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped

1 cup chopped celery

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon table salt

1/2 teaspoon celery salt

1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

Dash of ground red pepper

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Fresh parsley, for garnish

How to Make It

Gently toss together first 9 ingredients in a bowl. Fold in 1/2 cup of the mayonnaise; cover and chill 2 hours.

Stir in remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise. Spoon chicken salad into a serving dish; sprinkle with paprika.


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