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The World’s Best Loaded Chicken Salad Recipe

This is not your average chicken salad recipe!  Creamy chicken salad is mixed with sour cream, bacon, chives and cheddar for all of the decadent flavors of a loaded baked potato.  It is perfect for keeping your lunch box interesting for the week days or makes a great dish to take along to a potluck or barbecue.  Make sure and bring enough though, because this has a tendancy to be the first empty dish where ever you take it!

A creamy chicken salad recipe mixed with all your favorite flavors on a baked potato: sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and chives. This will be your new favorite lunch without a doubt.. You can make it into a sandwich or go with low carb options like serving it in an avocado, tomato, or peppers!

I have to admit… I have quite a lot of crazy ideas for new recipes.  Some don’t work out so well.  Most of them turn out good, but sometimes it turns out like really, really good.  This, my friends, is one of those times!

When I think of my favorite comfort foods, baked potatoes are on the top of the list.  Not just plain boring baked potatoes, but baked potatoes loaded with all the good stuff.  I am talking sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, baaaaaaacoooooon, and of course chives.

Why have I never made this?! Loaded Chicken Salad- all of the things you top baked potato with mixed in creamy chicken salad for the most delicious lunch you have ever had!! It is filled with cheese, bacon, chives, and a secret ingredient!!

If I can have it on a potato, I thought, why can’t I just take the flavors right over to one of my other favorites, chicken salad?

Well… it turns out you can.  And you definitely should.  And since it is just SO GOOD and I have never seen anything like it before, I just decided I would go ahead and dub it the World’s Best Loaded Chicken Salad.  Okay?

Since this is Fourth of July weekend and all, I thought it was time to finally share this with you because, what is more all american than the loaded baked potato?  If you are barbecuing with me this weekend you will be getting some of this delicious chicken salad on these fantastic cut crystal Chinet plates.  I have been a little obsessed with them since I got them at Snap Conference in April.  They are so pretty, but disposable, because really… who has time for dishes?!

How to Serve Loaded Chicken Salad

World's Best Loaded Chicken Salad Recipe - This is loaded with cheddar cheese, fresh bacon crumbles, green onions, and a secret ingredient that makes it so creamy and delicious!

So now that you know about my new favorite, let’s chat about a few things you can do with this delicious loaded chicken salad.  You can go with my old favorite, which is toast.  Chicken salad is always great on toast.  You can go with crackers or pita chips.  If you want to get fancy with it for a baby shower or bridal shower, you can hallow out baked potatoes into shells and fill it with this.

But if you want to make it a little lighter or appreciate low carb options, then there are plenty!  Try it stuffed in a hallowed avocado or tomato.  You can slice up cucumbers, squash, or zucchini and serve it on slices.  Or a super fun way to serve it for a bite sized appetizer is to use snacking peppers or cherry tomatoes cut in half and hollowed.  All of these are delicious and you can use this or any other of my chicken salad recipes you see below (if you try one, go for the Ranch.  SO GOOD!)

So many CHICKEN SALAD recipes and they are all rated 5 stars and so delicious! Everyone in the comments is raving about these! Ranch Chicken Salad, Fajita Chicken Salad and even Classic Chicken Salad! So many great recipes!

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World’s Best Loaded Chicken Salad Recipe – Step by Step

World's Best Loaded Chicken Salad Recipe - This literally disappears as soon as I bring it anywhere. Everyone loves it and wants the recipe!

Loaded Chicken Salad – Ingredients:

You need just a few simple ingredients for this recipe.  I say this on every chicken salad I make, but this is no exception, I love to load chicken salad up with veggies.  This lowers the calorie density per serving, as well as up the nutrients and fiber.  Plus, you get more texture and flavor so it is a super great little trick.  If you don’t like any of the veggies below you can eliminate, or substitute them for ones you prefer.  If you want it to be even healthier… add more veggies!  Chicken salad is a very forgiving dish, so it is a great one to add little extras to make it suit your tastes.  Here’s what you need:

  • 2 Cups chicken breast, shredded or cubed
  • 1/4 Cup mayonnaise (I love this Avocado Oil Mayo!!)
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 1 Cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 Cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 Cup bacon crumbles (try this method for quick, easy, mess free bacon!)
  • Salt & Pepper

Loaded Chicken Salad – Instructions

Ingredients: Chicken, Mayo, Celery, Onion, Cheddar Cheese, fresh bacon crumbles, and a SECRET INGREDIENT to make it super delicious. This really is the World's Best Loaded Chicken Salad!

To start out grab some shredded or cubed chicken breast. I love to use leftover rotisserie chicken because the flavor is so amazing, You can also use baked, boiled, or even canned chicken.  The better the chicken, the more flavor you will have thoough.

Place the chicken in a large bowl with the mayo, sour cream (this is the secret ingredient that really puts it over the top!!), celery, cheese, onions, and bacon.  Mix it well and then add salt and pepper to taste.

You can eat it right away, but it is even better if you have a couple of hours to let it sit in the fridge to let the flavors really meld together.

You have never had chicken salad like this! This loaded chicken salad recipe is one of the best tasting things I have ever eaten. It disappears anytime I made it for a potluck or barbecue!

Delicious, right?!  If you make this recipe, it would really make my day if you would leave a comment below, and let me know what you thought!  I read every single comment!

Also, if you need easy dinner recipes, check out my easy chicken bake dinner recipes.  They are easy to get on the table fast and tried and approved by literally millions of people!

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Loaded Chicken Salad Recipe
  • 2 Cups chicken breast, shredded or cubed
  • ¼ Cup mayonnaise (Try it with this Avocado Oil Mayo!)
  • ½ Cup sour cream
  • 1 Cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ Cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Green onions, sliced
  • ½ Cup bacon crumbles
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Place the chicken, celery, onions, bacon, and cheese in a large bowl and top with the mayonnaise and sour cream.
  2. Mix well until everything is evenly coated and distributed throughout.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I usually use between ½-1 tsp of each.
  4. Serve on toast, in an avocado, tomato, in a lettuce wrap, with crackers or your favorite way to eat chicken salad.
  5. ENJOY!

World's Best Loaded Chicken Salad Recipe - Packed with all of my favorite flavors! Cheddar Cheese, sour cream, and BACON!!Loaded Chicken Salad Recipe - A classic chicken salad recipe that is amped up a notch with bacon, cheddar cheese, chives and a delicious secret ingredient! This is so DELICIOUS!!8 ingredients in this over the top delicious chicken salad! World's BEST Loaded chicken salad. You will love this recipe!World's Best Loaded Chicken Salad Recipe - Packed with all of my favorite flavors! Cheddar Cheese, sour cream, and BACON!!

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  1. Summer says

    Made this amazingly delicious recipe tonight, and I seriously have to say it is fireworks in my mouth good. I paired it with some bakery dub rolls and POW!! The kids suddenly loved it. Great dish. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anna says

    Just a heads up, you say chives in the beginning but your ingredients list and pictures show green onions sometimes known as scallions or spring onions. Which do you actually use because chives are a very different flavor from a green onion/scallion?

  3. Nicole says

    Just made this and OMG! So delicious! My family and I LOVE chicken salad but have never tried any like this and let me tell you it is the best recipe I’ve made! Thank you!!!

  4. Linda says

    I had leftover chicken, onion and some crumbled bacon from Costco so I decided to try this recipe for football Sunday. Excellent!!! Even my husband who’s not a big chicken salad fan loved it. Thanks for sharing

  5. Tess says

    Hi! I made this yesterday and it is fabulous. I did make a minor adjustment by cooking the onions and celery before mixing it. There’s less crunch but my picky eaters gobbled it up!

  6. Lauren says

    Hi, I would love to make this for a baby shower tomorrow for 25-30 people. How many times should I double the recipe? It will be served on crescent rolls, rather than full sized sandwiches. Thanks!!

  7. Paige says

    Eat this YUM YUM YUMMMMM Chicken Salad, you won’t even take the time to stop eating OR smiling😋
    Thank You for the GREAT Recipe!

  8. Teresa says

    Delicious chicken salad!! I made this a week ago and used 1 large can of chicken w/o celery and green onions as I didn’t have any. It was so good!! I made it again today with the celery, green onions, and 2 cans of chicken. Delicious!! It does make a lot!! And it is even better the next day! This is a definite keeper.

  9. says

    Hello!:) Do you have the nutritional information and amount of servings for this recipe by chance? This looks amazing, but I’m on the Keto diet and need to count my macros.
    Thank you!

  10. Mandy Countryman says

    OMG this dish is AMAZING! Since I’m a low carb person,
    This Will definitely be a dish I make from now on.

  11. Terri York says

    I got up this morning Easter Eve and made this wonderful salad for our Easter pucnic tomorrow.Then sat down with a small bowl with crackers for myself. It is so delicious.I made the double batch .and will serve it tomorrow on slider buns. I am eating it as I watched April the giraffe give birth live on fb. Lol. Tbank you for sharing this delicious recipe

  12. Vicky says

    I made this tonight for a group of about 50 people. Are used a bag of the pulled chicken from Costco. It seemed pretty thick, so I added some milk to thin it down a bit. I also added a little bit of vinegar and a tiny bit of sugar to give it Some extra flavor. It was really good.

  13. Candace says

    I made this today well because it sounded yummy and I had a rotisserie chicken to Dinah using up!! It turned out amazing the only thing different I did was I didn’t just have shredded cheddar cheese I had a Monterey cheese blend so I used that. Again turned out great thanks so much for the idea! I think tonight I am going to try it warm with all the ingredients but add some salsa to it and put it in potato skins for twice baked potato skins! Thanks again

  14. Denise Dennis says

    I have made this chicken salad three time, I have people at work ask me to make some for them. Love it

  15. Tawni says

    Do you have the nutritional information on this recipe? It was listed on a Keto diet board. Would love to know the breakdown.

  16. Autum C says

    Love this. I didn’t use any salt and pepper. I put a quick sprinkle of dill in instead and it is great. Gives just that little bit I need out the added salt.

  17. Darlene Tarr says

    I made this this last night from left over “beer can” chicken we did on the grill. I never measured the veggies, I just loaded up with what was left of the chicken until I liked the veggie:chicken ratio. I also added packaged carrot shreds I had left over from something else and gave them a few chops so they weren’t so long. Super yummy, i liked the mayo and sour cream mixture, which I kept the ratio true. Served it over chopped green leaf lettuce for a great summer night meal. Hubby liked it too, and it had enough veggies to make it a filling meal!

    • Teresa Meloy says

      I wasn’t a big chicken salad fan until I tried this one!! Wow. I love this!! I’ve made it about 5-6 times now. I’ve doubled the recipe and it makes a lot so now I just make one recipe unless I’m serving it to guests. My hubby wanted it a few weeks ago and proceeded to make it himself because it’s that’s good!! We use shredded Colby jack cheese and follow the rest of the recipe as it is. I’ve served this to guest on rolls and I usually eat this on Ritz crackers.

  18. Mary says

    Orgasmic!!!! I made it last night, and let it sit and just had some. It is to die for! I’m new to the Keto diet (low carb), and if this is any indication of the deliciousness of the food, I’m going to love this!

  19. Nickie says

    I made this and it disappeared. My very picky teenager was asking for more the next day!! I absolutely loved it!! The only thing I did different was add more yellow onion, because we love onions here. I made homemade bread to put it on, and it was amazing!! So glad I found this recipe…Thank you so much


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