Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad Recipe


This harkens back to our great-grandmother's day, when chicken and celery were bound together with homemade mayonnaise.

Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
4 to 6 servings

This old-fashioned recipe harkens back to our great-grandmother's day when a well-seasoned mix of chopped chicken and celery were bound together with homemade mayonnaise and a generous splash of fresh lemon juice. Boiled eggs and pickled relish were optional. Large hens, simmered until tender, yielded both white and dark meat for maximum flavor.

Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad
Southern Living


  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken

  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

  • Dash of ground red pepper

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Gently toss together first 9 ingredients in a bowl. Fold in 1/2 cup of the mayonnaise; cover and chill 2 hours.

  2. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise. Spoon chicken salad into a serving dish; sprinkle with paprika.


Recipe Revival: Southern Classics Reinvented for Modern Cooks (2016; Time Inc. Books)

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