How To Make The Best Southern Chicken Salad

August 13, 2019
The Best Southern Chicken Salad Recipe - With Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Grapes, and Celery

Hey, y’all!

There is no food that I love more than chicken salad. It is reminiscent of my childhood, of my youth, and while simple, it is immensely delicious. While there are many varieties that I love, I don’t think that a classic, southern chicken salad can be rivaled. It’s thick, flavorful, and should – in my opinion – have a grape in every bite.

This chicken salad recipe is perfect to be served at a party with artisanal crackers, makes the perfect sandwich, pairs fantastic with celery and other raw vegetables, yet is best served on a buttery croissant.

Warning: you’ll want more than one.

The Best Southern Chicken Salad Recipe - With Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Grapes, and Celery

JC's Southern Chicken Salad


1 Rotisserie Chicken (I use the white meat only. All you need to do is a rough chop, as it will be added to your stand mixer)

3 (or 4!) large stalks of celery, diced

3 c. purple seedless grapes, halved

1 1/8 c. mayonnaise (can add more for desired consistency)

1/2 c. sour cream

1.5 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

Kosher salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

Croissants, halved

Bibb lettuce, washed


  1. Remove white meat from rotisserie chicken; chop roughly and add to the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Thoroughly wash grapes and celery; cut the grapes in half and dice the celery, adding both to the stand mixer bowl.
  3. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the same bowl. Gently fold in all ingredients with a spatula.
  4. Mix on the lowest power setting until everything is evenly combined. Stop frequently to stir with your spatula, being careful to not over-mix. If the mixture needs more mayonnaise, salt, or pepper, add at your discretion.
  5. Slice croissants in half, add washed bibb lettuce, and add desired amount of chicken salad.
  6. Enjoy!


The Best Southern Chicken Salad Recipe - With Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Grapes, and Celery

I hope y’all enjoy this recipe – it’s one of my all-time favorites. It is only made better by placing the finished croissants on my custom “Hey, y’all!” wood serving tray/platter. It was kindly gifted to me by Bluegrass Tables, a local business to Central Kentucky. They make custom-made furniture, wood turning bowls, candleholders, and other small goods – and I can’t recommend them enough! Everyone that has seen the board that they sent me has complimented it; it’s the hit of the party!

Find Bluegrass Tables on Instagram here.


As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: This is not a commissioned post; I did, however, receive the board from Bluegrass Tables as a gift. All opinions expressed are my own.

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