Festive Chicken Salad

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by az_garden2007

This is a mayo free recipe! My mom makes this all summer long. It's great for a hot summer lunch or dinner, great to bring to a picnic.

Top Review by Susie D

Delicious! This reminded me of a holiday cheese ball my mom used to make. The flavors blended well together and there was a nice crunch to the salad. Other than draining the water chestnuts I followed the recipe. I'll definitely make this again. Next time though I may add a little more seasonings. Made for Pick A Chef 2013.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid.
  2. Combine reserved pineapple liquid and cream cheese, mixing until well blended.
  3. Add pineapple, chicken, water chestnuts, celery, 1/4 cup of almonds(walnuts and pecans will work also), onions, salt and pepper to cream cheese mixture; mix lightly.
  4. Chill at least one hour but overnight is best.
  5. To serve place in tomatoes, lettuce cups, or large cooked pasta shells. Prep time does not include time to chill.

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