This Easy Canned Chicken Salad Recipe Will Become Your Favorite Sandwich Filling!
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My easy chicken salad sandwich recipe using canned chicken is a yummy protein-packed lunch or dinner idea!
Need an easy weekday lunch recipe or dinner sandwich idea?
Consider compiling some creamy walnut chicken salad using a combination of fresh and dried herbs plus walnuts and celery for a crunchy texture. This meal is both yummy and convenient, as it uses canned chicken breast meat from the pantry.
Walnut chicken salad is my fave!
Over the years, I have kind of become a chicken salad enthusiast! When I forget to plan anything for dinner, I’ll default to something easy and delicious like this! Most of the time I just eyeball ingredients so I know this idea can be altered to taste for your family.
Make this a low-carb keto idea by selecting a keto-friendly bread or serving it as a lettuce wrap sandwich. Sometimes I will stuff this in celery sticks instead of bread, which is delicious, too.
Don’t knock canned chicken until you try it!
Years ago a friend served up a yummy chicken salad sandwich for lunch and I was so surprised to learn it was from a can. I have been using this method ever since.
This recipe works with any type of chicken – leftover chicken, store-bought rotisserie chicken, or canned chicken from your pantry. I always keep Kirkland canned chicken from Costco on hand for last-minute frugal meals like sandwiches, soups, and casseroles. It’s my preferred brand for canned chicken.
Whenever we go on a picnic, camping, or on a road trip I sometimes make a batch of this walnut chicken salad to put in a cooler and take with us. It’s perfect for putting together some quick wraps or sandwiches while our family is on the go.
I bet this mixture would be great to include in my favorite road trip sandwich hack using Hawaiin rolls!
Hip tips for making this easy canned chicken salad recipe:
- I love that chicken salad is such a versatile meal idea! You can definitely customize this recipe with so many different add-ins. Try dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, sliced red grapes, or chopped apple if you’d enjoy a touch of sweetness in your sandwich.
- Not a fan of mayo? Try using plain Greek yogurt instead!
- This recipe calls for Herbes de Provence, which is one of my favorite spice blends to pair with poultry. I use it often when roasting a chicken or turkey or making homemade soups. It usually includes marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and lavender.
- Any leftover chicken salad is good for about 3-5 days stored in the fridge.
Walnut Canned Chicken Salad
yield: 6 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
total time: 10 MINUTES
Creamy chicken salad with fresh and dried herbs, crunchy walnuts, and celery using canned chicken as the base.
I love this canned chicken salad sandwich as a simple pantry meal.
My daughter asks for these sandwiches all the time. The dried Herbs de Provence gives it a fancier more grown-up taste with the added lavender. It has some great texture with nuts and celery. Sometimes I do add some chopped red or green onion, too. The variations are endless. 😁
Let us know your favorite chicken salad add-ins in the comments so we can all get ideas!