pesto chicken salad

Chicken salad seems like one of those classic foods. Everyone has their own version, their own family recipe and their own specific proportions of what goes into it. I didn’t really grow up eating chicken salad so I’m not really partial to a certain ingredient or ingredients. I did have a lot of chicken in my freezer that needed to be used so I was searching on Foodily for what I could do with it. They presented me with this recipe from Real Simple. It was just the chicken salad I was looking for.

You see, I received about 4 pounds of Just Bare chicken breasts and tenders last week and I had precisely a week and a half to eat them up before we start the trek to CaliforniaJust Bare Chickens are fed natural feed and they are cage-free. You can also plug in a code on their website to find out what farm you chicken came from – mine was from a farm in Little Falls, MN. 

The chicken salad is great served over greens for a lunch or a light dinner but is also fantastic stuffed between ciabatta bread, and scooped with crackers for an easy snack.

Pesto Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Recipe from Real Simple


  • 1 pound chicken breast or tenders
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • salt & pepper


  1. Cook chicken as desired. I poached mine in white wine, water and seasonings.
  2. Let chicken cool and shred.
  3. Combine chicken, mayonaise and pesto.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve over greens, on bread or with crackers.

What goes into your chicken salad recipe? 


  1. says

    I had some Just Bare chicken recently, too! We really enjoyed it :) I usually do a curried chicken salad, because I’m a sucker for all things curry. I usually try to find mayo-free recipes (or substitute yogurt) because I’m not a mayo fan.

    Love the pesto in this recipe!

  2. eliza says

    mine’s very similar, though i keep my chicken in chunkier shreds and throw in toasted pine nuts and cubed granny smith apple pieces. i’m not normally a fruit in savory foods kinda girl, but the apple makes all the difference in the world to this salad!

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