Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges

A classic chicken salad recipe with grapes, mandarin oranges, almonds, and just the right touch of mayonnaise. This is good in a sandwich, in a tortilla wrap, or on tender lettuce leaves for a healthier option! 

Mom's Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges from The Food Charlatan

Charlotte and I couldn’t find Truman yesterday. Our house isn’t that big, so I was just on the edge of starting to worry that he wasn’t answering our calls, when I remembered to check the laundry room.

Mom's Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges from The Food Charlatan

And there he was, fast asleep. I had sent him to a timeout for eating frosting off the kitchen floor, and he decided to say forget you mom, I’m taking a nap. (I know he intended to take a nap because the lights were off. Although he may have just been checking to see if something was glowing up. Truman is obsessed with going in the dark laundry room to see if his toys/any random object “glows up.” (Glows in the dark.)

By the way, if you make any comments about the state of my floor I will pull my newborn baby card on you. Don’t make me get serious here people.

Mom's Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges from The Food Charlatan

Just look at the stress I have to deal with every day. (Isn’t she the best??)

Chicken Salad time!

Mom's Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges from The Food Charlatan
Mom's Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges from The Food Charlatan

On the left: how to not chop your celery. On the right: how to chop your celery. I love the flavor of celery but hate huge chunks in my chicken salad. Solution? Chop it up real good.

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Mom's Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges from The Food Charlatan

Mom's Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges from The Food Charlatan

I loooove chicken salad. This is my favorite version. A quick little soak in some lemon juice and spices makes the rotisserie chicken super flavorful. The crunch comes from delicious slivered almonds and not chunks of celery. (Well, I mean. A little celery crunch. But nothing crazy.) This is a super easy salad and such a crowd pleaser for baby showers and potlucks!

Mom's Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges from The Food Charlatan

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Mom’s Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges

Yield: Serves 6-8

Recipe by The Food Charlatan

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup celery, diced small
  • juice from half a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 and 1/2 cups red grapes, halved
  • 1 15-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 large croissants (or 8-10 of the mini kind)

Instructions

  1. Shred the chicken and dice the celery. Do a good job dicing the celery! Boo on big celery chunks!
  2. Add the chicken, celery, lemon juice, onion powder, salt, and steak seasoning to a large bowl. Combine well, cover, and chill in the fridge for a few hours. At least 2. Overnight works great too.
  3. Add grapes, mandarin oranges, almonds, and mayonnaise. Stir well. At this point you can serve it or chill overnight.
  4. Divide between the split croissants and serve!
http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2017/04/12/chicken-salad-with-mandarin-oranges-recipe/

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Chicken Shawarma << this one is super popular!

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Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Naan

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Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad << this is a huge favorite of mine!

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More chicken salad from friends!

Mango Chicken Salad from Taste and Tell
Avocado Chicken Salad Crostini from Wishes and Dishes
Fennel Walnut Chicken Salad from All Day I Dream About Food

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  1. stephanie says

    i’m 33 and i still love to check and see if something “glows up”! (totally stealing that phrasing btw. hope truman doesn’t mind.) i keep all my little things that glow on my desk in my bedroom so i can see them when i go to bed. :) i also may have bought my partner a tshirt that glows up for his birthday this year in february.

    speaking of, how is that little baby so big already?! time is really flying.

    anyway, totally gonna add this to my brand new lunch bookmarks folder. (i decided it’s finally time i stop eating cold pizza and whatever other leftover bits are in the fridge throughout the day as “lunch” while standing in front of it. …that’s my plan, anyhow, haha.)

    • says

      Haha! I love that you have stuff on your desk that glows up to keep you company at night. (and yes, I have stolen this phrase from Truman as well.) And glow up t shirts are legit.

      Cold pizza for fridge is my mantra. Said pre-3rd-kid-Karen. These days…..oh man.

  2. says

    I once couldn’t find my son when he was a few months under a year. I was searching everywhere and I finally found him hiding behind a huge watermelon I had on top of our chest freezer. It didn’t even cross my mind to look up above ground level, lol! Parenting is so hard! I love chicken salad too and I am even more in love with your version!! Love the fruit!!

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