Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe
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Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe

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I modified the original recipe for this chicken salad to make it healthier. The ingredients are so flavorful that my changes didn't take away from the taste. This refreshing salad never lasts long at our house. Even if I double the recipe, my husband asks, "Why didn't you make more?" -Kristi Abernathy, Lewistown, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup cooked small ring pasta
  • 1 cup halved seedless red grapes
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Lettuce leaves, optional

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving equals 261 calories, 13 g fat (0 saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 307 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch 1 meat 1/2 fruit


  1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, pasta, grapes, oranges, celery, almonds and onion.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, whipped topping and salt. Add to the chicken mixture; stir to coat. Serve in a lettuce-lined bowl if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Chicken Salad in Quick Cooking May/June 2000, p29

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"My family loved it! Especially good on a hot summer day! :-)"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"The salad is awesome! I made it for my friend's birthday potbless and everyone from young to old loved it and finished everything! Even my fussy hubby loved it...however it's more a pasta salad than a chicken salad though. But however, BRAVO! Great recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

"Love, love, love it"

Reviewed May. 31, 2010

"This is one of our favorites. I have been making it since I first saw it in your magazine. It is so cool on a hot day."

Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"We have been making this for years. I first got the recipe out of taste of home. Lost it and was thrilled to find it again. This is a wonderful salad. Thanks taste of home."

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