Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

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This Honey Mustard Chicken Salad puts a flavorful spin on the regular ol’ chicken salad by adding a delicious honey mustard dressing! Tender shredded chicken gets tossed in the salad dressing along with crunchy celery and onion for a flavorful meal, whether it’s in a sandwich, wrap, or served on its own.

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Chicken salad is one of my all-time favorites for a quick summer lunch that packs on the protein. As I kept exploring with flavors, I realized that a honey mustard sauce would taste PHENOMENAL. So, here we are, and let me tell you… it’s got all the sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors to make the BEST honey mustard chicken salad you’ve ever tried.

Ready in 15 minutes, all you have to do is mix together your dressing ingredients and then toss it with everything else. It’s a fantastic meal prep recipe, and a great way to use up leftover chicken, whether you roast it at home or buy a rotisserie chicken from the store.

What’s In Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

  • 2% Greek yogurt: This will be used as the base for our creamy dressing. It also adds on even more protein!
  • Mayonnaise: Mayo gives us that rich, creamy texture that we loooove in this dressing.
  • Dijon mustard: Spicy, tangy, and so flavorful. A little dijon goes a long way!
  • Honey: The sweet component in the honey mustard dressing.
  • Lemon juice: Adds a nice tang and creates a perfect balance of flavor.
  • Shredded chicken: We used shredded rotisserie chicken to keep this recipe easy and convenient.
  • Celery: Adds a crunchy texture and freshness to the salad.
  • White onion: Adds a little bite and sharpness to this salad for the perfect bite.
A creamy sauce is being poured into a bowl containing shredded chicken, diced onions, and chopped celery.

Choosing Shredded Chicken

Every good chicken salad begins with shredded chicken. Feel free to make your own or buy store-bought or use rotisserie chicken (what we did when testing this recipe!).

If you’d like to make your own shredded chicken, we have a handful of tutorials to help you out:

#1 Pro Tip: If you make your own shredded chicken, make sure to chill the chicken before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients.

Ingredient Swaps + Add-Ins

Chicken salad is made for experimenting, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your ingredients! Here are some ideas:

Protein: You can use pre-cooked chicken or make your own in the oven, stovetop, or Instapot. Some crispy bacon sprinkled in would taste amazing in this salad too!

Avocado: Add in some avocado slices for extra creaminess and healthy fats.

Dried cranberries: For a burst of sweetness, toss in some dried cranberries or other dried fruit.

Bell peppers: For more color and crunch, add some diced bell peppers.

Crunchy almonds: For a nutty crunch, add some sliced almonds or other nuts of your choice.

Onions: If you’re not a fan of white onion, substitute for green onion or red onion for a milder flavor.

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A glass bowl containing shredded chicken, diced onions, and chopped celery, possibly in preparation for a chicken salad or similar dish.

Pro Tips for Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Use leftover chicken: Leftover chicken works great for any chicken salad recipe, whether it’s from a previous meal or store-bought rotisserie chicken. It’s a great way to use up any leftovers!

Adjust the dressing to your taste: If you’re not a fan of tangy dressings, reduce the amount of lemon juice or Dijon mustard. If you prefer a sweeter dressing, add in more honey.

Serve it chilled: For the best flavor and texture, let the chicken salad chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Shredded chicken mixed with chopped green onions and seasoning in a glass bowl.

Storage Directions

Store this honey mustard chicken salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. It tastes great chilled and makes for an easy grab-and-go lunch option.

A chicken salad with creamy dressing served on a fresh lettuce leaf with a pair of gold forks on the side.

What to Serve with Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

This chicken salad is great on its own, but it’s also delicious in a wrap or sandwich. Here are some ideas for what to serve with it:

  • Whole grain bread or crackers: Spread the chicken salad between two slices of whole grain bread or serve with whole grain crackers for a satisfying snack.
  • Lettuce wraps: For a low-carb option, serve the chicken salad in lettuce wraps for a refreshing and light meal. 
  • Fresh fruit: Serve alongside a side of fresh fruit, such as berries or sliced apples, for a super summer-y meal. 
  • Roasted vegetables: Pair with some roasted vegetables like our Roasted Broccoli, Oven Roasted Asparagus, or Roasted Fingerling Potatoes.
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Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe

This honey mustard chicken salad is a delicious and easy way to switch up your regular chicken salad routine. The tangy, sweet dressing pairs perfectly with the crunchy celery and onion, making it a satisfying meal on its own or in a sandwich or wrap.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. shredded chicken, we used shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ¼ large white onion, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Mix the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard honey, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl and whisk together until well combined.
    A bowl containing ingredients such as a liquid (possibly vanilla extract or a similar flavoring), spices, and creamy substances like mayonnaise, sour cream, or yogurt, with a sprinkling of fine.
  • Add the chicken, celery, and onion to the sauce and toss to coat. Top with black pepper.
    A creamy sauce is being poured into a bowl containing shredded chicken, diced onions, and chopped celery.
  • Serve the chicken salad on its own, on toast, on a sandwich, or in a wrap.
    A chicken salad with creamy dressing served on a fresh lettuce leaf with a pair of gold forks on the side.

Tips & Notes

  • You can use pre-cooked chicken or make your own in the oven, stovetop, or Instant Pot.

Watch It

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Nutrition

Calories: 317 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 30 g, Fat: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 5 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Linley has played an important role in the success of Fit Foodie Finds over the last 10 years. She is an incredible home cook and has an amazing palate. She is the brain behind our recipes and has spent thousands of hours developing, testing, and perfecting the delicious meals you see here at Fit Foodie Finds.

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May 29, 2024 10:51 pm

5 stars
This looks incredibly delicious!
So many beautiful colours and flavours 🙂

Katie C
May 19, 2024 1:58 pm

5 stars
Y-U-M! 10/10. No notes!

May 21, 2024 11:58 am
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Wahoo!