Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad 1 (1 of 2)

Everybody has a recipe for chicken salad, I suppose. This is mine. One of them, anyway. I have an everyday mix-in-two-minutes-spread-on-white-bread recipe and a party recipe. This is the latter.

It started with a recipe I found buried in a notebook of company recipes for a pizza chain where I used to work in research and development. After revising the amounts to make them domestically appropriate, and dressing it up a bit, I consider it mine.

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad 1 (2 of 2)

I love this chicken salad served with homemade rolls of almost any kind. My current favorites are these sweet potato rolls made into crescent or butterhorn (as my mom used to call them) shapes. Other possibilities include crescent rolls out of a can or croissants if your pants are feeling loose.

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
Recipe type: entree
Serves: 4
Prep time:
Total time:
A fancy chicken salad suitable for a ladies luncheon or a game-day party
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, unflavored (may substitute more mayo)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (I use reduced fat)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until combined.
  2. Chill.

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Jocelyn May 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I made this for dinner tonight and it was a huge hit! It is so easy to put together, yet tastes special because of the almonds and cranberries. I used shredded chicken (canned) which really cut down on the prep time. This is definitely going into my recipe file. Thank you, Paula.


Paula May 24, 2013 at 6:43 am

Thanks Jocelyn,
I haven’t used canned chicken much but maybe I should try it. 🙂


3petitsprinces February 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Paula, I made this chicken salad for my son’s 9th birthday party. He wanted a cricket themed party (the sport-my husband is South African) so I wanted something a little elegant for the adults. We had beautiful weather and I made & assembled the sandwiches on homemade buns (yes! I used my bread machine! I used a sour cream dough, however.) with a piece of romaine lettuce and a toothpick through the center to keep it all together. I received many, many compliments! Thank you for sharing your fabulous recipe & helping to make my son’s party special!


stacie January 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Made this salad and loved it! I am adding it to my list of fav Chicken Salads. Thanks for sharing!


Jan January 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

A dear friend sent a link to me, which led me to your youtube.com salad-in-a-jar video, and I’m so glad that she sent it! After viewing that video, I just had to do a search in order to find your blog, Paula. Who could resist?

Well, you grabbed my attention right away with your yummy sounding chicken salad recipe. I know what I’ll be putting together tomorrow! I’m off to my kitchen just now to prepare dinner, but I’ll be right back to take a better peek at your site.


Piper January 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm

This sounds great! To make you laugh, I made poppy seed muffins the other day and accidently used CHIA seeds! I had bought them (because they are supposed to be so good for you) and put them in a jar just like the one that my poppy seeds were stored in. I didn’t tell anyone, and no one was the wiser. Still giggling about that…


Paula January 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

You made me laugh Piper. So just what was your plan for the CHIA seeds? That’s a territory I have yet to explore.


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

This sandwich looks gorgeous. I can only imagine how it would taste on brioche. I’m going to give it a try.


sis January 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Which of your bread recipes is the best to use with chicken-salad sandwiches?


Paula January 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

That question is like asking who is my favorite child!!

Current favorite would be the sweet potato rolls followed by My favorite dinner rolls or brioche. If you want regular bread– the Sweet Milk White Bread would be fabulous.


Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) January 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Oh, yum. I don’t use poppyseeds nearly enough.


Lorraine January 10, 2013 at 8:01 am

I always like chicken salad and this one looks yummy. I did make your sweet potato dinner rolls and we all enjoyed them for our Christmas dinner.

Happy New Year, Paula : )


Paula January 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

Hi Lorraine,
I guess you and I were eating the same kind of dinner rolls at our Christmas dinner. Hope your new year is going well.


Susie January 8, 2013 at 6:24 am

Ok never mind. I didn’t see the entire post on iPad mini until after clicking submit. You already answered my question.


Susie January 8, 2013 at 6:23 am

Already made this & packed in lunch for work! Yum! And so easy to throw together! What type of bread/crackers do you recommend to go with this for maximum satisfaction of my taste buds?


Paula January 16, 2013 at 11:52 am

Hey Susie,
I forgot to tell you that Special K Crackers in the Multi-Grain variety are really good with this salad. Actually. They’re just really good. Period. Similar to wheat thins. That’s what you see in the top picture of this post.


The Café Sucré Farine January 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Hi Paula, love your chicken salad, it sounds wonderful. I think poppy seeds make everything a bit more special.


Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies January 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I have a favorite chicken salad recipe, too, but I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. Love this one!


Paula January 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm

This sounds like a wonderful recipe and those sandwiches look so appetizing!


Melissa January 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I love chicken salad, your recipe looks so good! =)


Debbie Lindsey January 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

This is a great salad, delicious! Was fortunate to receive some and I would definitely make it myself. The yogurt gives it a different texture/taste. Thanks Paula!


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