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Southern black folks chicken salad on croissants
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Southern (Black Folks) Chicken Salad

This Southern Chicken Salad is the best old-fashioned recipe. Black folks chicken salad is made with mayo, pickle relish, spices, and more. Feel free to toss in eggs if you prefer.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 351kcal
Author Brandi Crawford


  • 2 cups cooked chicken breasts Shredded or chopped into cubes. You can use rotisserie chicken, cooked chicken, or roast your own chicken breasts.
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 celery stalk Finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions Add more/adjust to taste as necessary.
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish I used sweet relish. Use what you prefer.
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir. Taste repeatedly and adjust the spices to suit your taste.
  • Serve chilled or warm.


  • Feel free to add cooked, boiled eggs to the salad.
  • When using rotisserie chicken, I remove the skin from the breasts. You can leave it if you wish.
  • The consistency of this chicken salad is thick and creamy. If you like a really creamy salad, add additional mayo.
  • If you are looking to make the recipe with no mayo, use plain Greek yogurt or sour cream instead.
  • Leftover chicken salad will get watery as it absorbs the moisture from the salad ingredients. You can drain the excess water and give the salad a stir.


Calories: 351kcal