Pistachio Poppyseed Chicken Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Chicken salad with celery, onion, pistachios and poppy seeds in a creamy Dijon-buttermilk dressing.

Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Salad
Servings: 4 cups
: 100 kcal
Author: SmartyPantsKitchen
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios shelled, finely ground
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  1. Cook the chicken (see recipe notes) or buy a rotisserie chicken; remove any skin and shred the meat

  2. Place shredded chicken, chopped pistachios, onion and celery in a large bowl; set aside

  3. In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients

  4. Pour half of dressing over chicken; combine well; add more dressing if desired after it's rested in the fridge

  5. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes

  6. Remove from refrigerator; add remaining dressing if desired; let sit for 10 minutes prior to serving

Recipe Notes

Do I Use Dark or White Meat?

You can use dark or white meat in this healthy recipe. Some people like only white meat in their chicken salad while others prefer a combination of the two. Dark meat seemingly has a little more flavor, but it's really up to you and your personal preference.

How Do I Cook Chicken for Chicken Salad?

There are a few methods for cooking chicken:

  1. Bake: Lightly season meat with salt and pepper; place in baking dish and cover with foil; cook at 350ºF until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF
  2. Boil: place chicken in salted water and bring to boil; cook until the center of the chicken parts reach 165ºF
  3. Crock pot: place chicken and water in a slow cooker and cook on low 5 hours

After the chicken is cooked, shred the chicken using two forks. If you elect to use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, simply remove the skin and shred the chicken.

How Long Does it Last in the Refrigerator?

Generally speaking, foods last 3-5 days in the refrigerator provided they are covered tightly and stored in an uncrowded refrigerator.

Can I Freeze Chicken Salad?

Unfortunately, mayonnaise does not freeze well and separates when frozen. On the other hand, "salad dressings" (like Miracle Whip), are often used as a mayonnaise substitute because they can be frozen without separating.