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Pistachio Poppyseed Chicken Salad

Chicken salad with celery, onion, pistachios and poppy seeds in a creamy Dijon-buttermilk dressing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Anecia Hero


  • 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


  • Cook the chicken (see recipe notes) or buy a rotisserie chicken; remove any skin and shred the meat
  • Place shredded chicken, chopped pistachios, onion and celery in a large bowl; set aside
  • In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients
  • Pour half of dressing over chicken; combine well; add more dressing if desired after it's rested in the fridge
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Remove from refrigerator; add remaining dressing if desired; let sit for 10 minutes prior to serving


  • No buttermilk? Use sour cream, kefir or plain yogurt instead!

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.


Calories: 100kcal