Last updated on November 16th, 2019.
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This 3 ingredient Chicken Salad is perfect in a sandwich or as a cracker topping for busy families. Grab all the ingredients for the salad during your next shopping trip to Walmart.
After a long 9+ months of waiting, Aldo and I were blessed with a perfect, healthy, squishy-faced little baby boy named Elliot! The last few weeks have been a big blur for us, in a good way. We are all very happy – at least Aldo and I are – I can’t speak for the little bugger but I am assuming he is happy too, considering he is eating non-stop and sleeping a ton. We feel very lucky.
I also feel lucky that Aldo was able to take off 3 weeks from work to be home during this special time – unfortunately that is not typical at all for new fathers. Yesterday was his first day back at work, and my first day home alone with Elliot. Taking care of a baby is a lot more tiring when it’s just you! But everything went well, and we all have somewhat of a routine by now. Let’s hope I didn’t just jinx everything. ;p
Aldo and I typically pack our lunches for work and eat homemade food for dinner, so we wanted to continue doing that as part of getting back into our routine. We’re starting with lunches that are ridiculously easy to make, and are filling and energizing. Before Aldo’s first day back at work, I made this chicken salad for Aldo to pack for lunch as a sandwich, and for me to eat at home in between taking care of Elliot. The chicken salad takes less than 5 minutes to make and contains just 3 main ingredients.
This chicken salad would be absolutely perfect for busy families during the back to school season. It is a great lunch for both kids and adults, and can be served as a quick weeknight dinner as well. It is also a great after-school snack for everyone in between sports and other activities.
The trick to this flavorful chicken salad is adding salsa and mayo to cooked canned chicken. That’s it! Salsa adds a kick of Southwest flavor to this chicken salad. I love using salsa in actual recipes instead of just as a dip for tortilla chips. The mayo adds a bit of creaminess to the chicken salad. If you want, you can also add a bit of parsley and freshly ground black pepper to the salad, but it is really good even without that!
3 Ingredient Chicken Salad
- 4 (4.5-oz) cans cooked chicken breast (Or 1 - 1.5 cups cooked chicken or turkey, chopped)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons salsa (medium heat is ideal)
- Optional: 1 tablespoon parsley leaves , chopped
- Optional: Freshly ground black pepper , to taste
- Drain the canned chicken in a colander. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Serve in a sandwich or as a topping for crackers, or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.