Tea Room Chicken Salad

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
The secret to our chicken salad is just plain fresh (not frozen) chicken, cooked in water with a little salt. We usually make 20 pounds at a time, but our cook, Dorothy, and I have cut down the recipe quantity.—Mary Henry, Knoxville, Tennessee


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • Chopped pecans


  1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, celery, mustard, poppy seeds and salt. Fold in chicken. Cover and chill for 3 to 4 hours. Top with pecans before serving.