Can you guess the secret ingredient that makes this Chicken Salad Sandwich taste better than any other?
You’ll love how easy these flavor-packed sandwiches are to throw together for dinner or your next party.
Ranch Dressing VS Ranch Dressing Mix
You may be a little skeptical on this secret ingredient, but we can promise that you’ll love it.
The ranch dressing in these sandwiches gives it a creamy texture while the dry dressing mix packs it with extra ranch flavor.
Ranch dressing and ranch dressing mix can be found on the same aisle in your grocery store.
The ranch dressing packets are usually found above or below the ranch salad dressing in 1 ounce packets.
It may sound like a lot, but you will need both of these ingredients to give this chicken salad the very best flavor.
This recipe calls for 1/2 cup prepared ranch dressing and 1/2 packet of the dry ranch dressing mix.
We usually use the Hidden Valley dry ranch mix, but store brand works just as great.
A lot of chicken salad sandwiches have vinegar in them that can make them taste pretty acidic. I love how creamy this Chicken Salad recipe is and my picky eaters agree!
Chicken salad variations
We’ve had a lot of readers send us in their own versions of this recipe. Here are a few ideas to switch up your chicken salad and make it your own!
- Lemon juice/zest
- Peppered mayonnaise
- Turkey, ham, or tuna instead of chicken
- Chopped hard boiled eggs
- Jalapeños in place of celery for an extra kick
- Sliced olives
- Mandarin oranges
- Crumbled bacon
We’ve even had a few readers tell us they prefer to place their chicken and vegetables in the food processor before mixing with their liquid ingredients, to get that restaurant style Chicken Salad Sandwich texture.
How to Boil Chicken
This recipe calls for 3 1/2 cups diced, cooked chicken. We’ve found it easiest to boil our chicken for this salad, but any cooking method will work.
Here’s how we boil our chicken:
- Allow chicken breasts to fully thaw and rinse in cold water.
- Fill a pot with water and place chicken in pot. Make sure your chicken is fully submerged in the water.
- Place pot on the stove and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to low and allow chicken to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
- Remove pot from heat and drain liquid. To assure your chicken is cooked, cut through chicken and make sure the middle is white and the juices run clear.
Another shortcut we love in this recipe is using rotisserie chicken. Most grocery stores sell already pulled and packaged rotisserie chicken in their deli, making this chicken salad even easier to throw together.
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