Chicken Salad

August's Recipe Of The Month

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     August's recipe is perfect for summer picnics, but keep it handy for school time for your lunches. I often make a double batch because it keeps in the fridge in a Tupperware™ dish for a week.  It’s one of my family’s favorites. Whenever we have a shower or pot luck my own kids say: “Mom please bring your chicken salad!” I enjoy dabbling in the kitchen and adding ingredients to recipes to make them my own and this is one that turned out especially yummy. I hope you’ll enjoy it too!


  • 4 large cans chicken
  • 1 cup Helman’s™ mayonnaise (You can add more if you like your chicken salad creamier and less dry.)
  • 2 tbs DRY Ranch Dressing (Or 1 Package if you bought the box.)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese. (Cheddar or Colby Jack, whatever your family likes best.)
  • 2 tbs parsley flakes
  • 2 tbs creamed horseradish
  • 4 stalks of finely chopped celery
  • Optional: If you like “crunch”: add ¼ or ½ cup of sunflower seeds


  • Open cans of chicken and drain the liquid.
  • Toss the chicken in a large mixing bowl and gently shred the chunks into shredded pieces with your fingers.
  • Add the powdered dry ranch dressing.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon.
  • I taste it, if you think it needs more “zing” add a bit more dry dressing.
  • Add parsley flakes and stir.
  • Wash and chop up the celery into fine pieces.
  • Add to the chicken and mix in.
  • Add the sunflower seeds if you want them in and stir.
  • Add the mayonnaise.
  •  If the chicken salad is not moist enough for you add a bit more mayonnaise by the tablespoonful.
  • Add the horseradish.
  • Gently stir with a wooden spoon ‘til everything is blended well.
  • Store in a Tupperware™ container
  • I serve on the small croissants that Sam’s Club™ sells.

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