Classic Chicken Salad

Sometimes you can’t beat a classic.

YIELDS: 8 – 10




3 chicken breasts

1 green apple, chopped

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

2/3 c. mayonnaise

2 tbsp. lemon juice

Kosher salt

Freshly cracked black pepper

1 tbsp. chopped dill, for garnish

6 slices lemon (optional)

6 sprigs dill (optional) 


  1. Poach chicken: In a large pot, arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer. If using, place lemon slices and dill sprigs on chicken. Pour water over the chicken breasts, covering by at least an inch. Bring water to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until the center of the chicken reaches 165° with an instant read thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer, check that the thickest part of the chicken is opaque.
  2. Slice chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, combine chicken, apple, onion and celery.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.
  5. Pour dressing over chicken mixture and toss. Garnish with dill and serve.