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Classic Chicken Salad

Everyone loves chicken salad. This Classic Chicken Salad recipe takes a classic and makes it better! Using canned chicken makes it super-quick and easy to make – it’s ready in just 10 minutes. Start with the usual ingredients: chicken, mayonnaise, celery, and onion, then add a whole new layer of flavor with lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning. The bright pop of lemon in the chicken salad makes a chicken salad sandwich that works perfectly with hearty multigrain bread, but you can really serve it any way you want – as is, over greens, or with crackers for dipping. This is one of the best chicken salad recipes you’ll try – there's no wrong way to enjoy this Classic Chicken Salad.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4 people 

Prep Time: 10 Minutes



  • 1 can (12.5 ounces) Swanson® Premium White Chicken Breast in Water, drained

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot (optional)

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 dash lemon pepper seasoning

  • 8 slices Pepperidge Farm® Whole Grain 15 Grain Bread


  1. Stir the chicken, mayonnaise, celery, onion, carrot (if desired), lemon juice, and seasoning in a bowl.

  2. Divide the chicken mixture among 4 bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices.



Make it a melt! Reduce the bread to 4 slices. Divide the chicken mixture among 4 bread slices and top with the cheese. Bake at 375°F for 8 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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