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How to Make Kid-Friendly Chicken Salad

Kid-Friendly Chicken Salad Prepared

Now that we are finally in our warm months of vacation, our days are getting filled up quickly with wonderfully summery activities. It can be difficult to find the time to make a hot meal, especially on days like today when the temperature is reaching 90 degrees outside! This is when having some chicken salad already prepared in the refrigerator comes in handy! My Mom has been making this recipe for years and changes it slightly each time in hopes of making this more of a kid-friendly chicken salad.

Kid-Friendly chicken salad on tortilla

Hiding the Taste of Chicken:

The goal for us is to hide the taste of the chicken. Silly, right? But it is true. We do not really enjoy the texture of it, but Mom says we have to have it because of the protein. And we have to hide the taste of the vegetables also. This gets tricky.

Grilled chicken for chicken salad

Assembling the Chicken Salad:

We started by letting our Mom grill our chicken, but this was just because she offered and we were being lazy. You could use any method you found the easiest. For us, what could be easier than making her do it? While it cooled, we started on the other ingredients.

We then cut up our celery, which adds the right amount of crunch. However, our favorite part of this chicken salad is the apple. This adds the perfect amount of sweetness and texture.

The other kid-friendly ingredient is adding our homemade yogurt. Although we like mayonnaise, it can reach a point where if there is too much, you can not taste anything else. The yogurt helps to balance out the taste.

Bowl of Ingredients for chicken salad

Choosing Your Recipe:

Although we were very scared to add the curry powder and the red wine vinegar because both of those on their own make us gag, we risked it and put some into the mix. Even I can admit that it added a lot of extra flavor to this chicken salad.

Kid-Friendly chicken salad in bowl

From there, you should feel free to adjust the ingredients based on what you like. We prefer pecans, but almonds would also work. We are not huge fans of cilantro, but our Mom can not get enough of it so we have become experts in picking it out of our food.

There are so many ways to eat this kid-friendly chicken salad. You can put it on some fresh bread for a sandwich, layer it on some homemade Naan bread, or even add it to a homemade tortilla.

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Kid-Friendly Chicken Salad Prepared

How to Make Kid-Friendly Chicken Salad

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Our goal was to make this a kid-friendly chicken salad, so we had to hide the taste of the chicken!


  • 1 Pound Cooked Chicken
  • 2 Stalks Celery, Chopped
  • 1 Red Apple, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro
  • 1/3 Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 *Plain Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Curry Powder
  • 3 Teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Pecans or Almonds. Chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients except almonds and stir to combine. If possible, chill for an hour or so before eating.
  2. Before serving, mix in nuts.
  3. Serve on fresh bread, *Naan bread, or *Tortillas

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