Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

I’ve been on a sugar cleanse lately, trying to cut back on the baked goodies for a while. So the recipe today is a savory dish that will be sure to please anybody.  I’ve had some fresh herbs growing on my windowsill for a while now, and I’ve been so proud of myself for not killing them – yet. Smile 

If you don’t know by now, I was not blessed with a green thumb, and most of my potted endeavors end in failure. 

However, my dainty green herbs are still going strong, so I wanted to incorporate them into something. I had a bright idea – or what I thought was one – until I discovered it had already been done. Lemon Basil Chicken salad. A quick Google search led me to numerous recipes, and I decided to try one from Paula Deen. I adapted the original recipe a tad to suit my tastes, by adding chopped apple and substituting walnuts for the almonds. The key here is definitely using fresh basil, which adds a lot of flavor.  You could even use plain yogurt in place of the sour cream and mayo if you wanted to.

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad  lemon-basil-chicken-salad-01
(adapted from Paula Deen)


  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 rib minced celery
  • 1 cup chopped apple (I used gala)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds (or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I used light sc)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used olive oil mayo)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, celery, apple, basil and nuts. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add to chicken mixture, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill. Serve on a bed of baby spinach for a light salad, or spread on some delicious homemade bread for a yummy sandwich.



Kim Bee said...

This is a really beautiful dish. I bet it tastes as good as it looks. Love your pics.

Hester aka The Chef Doc said...

Ooh, this looks delish. I'd substitute with rich, creamy Greek yogurt. Gosh, now I want a chicken salad for lunch!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I love a good chicken salad! This one looks yummy! I love the combo of lemon with chicken and I am a big fan of the mayo made with olive oil!

Kate@Diethood said...

Wow... this salad sounds incredible! I can almost smell all that yummy basil!

Marion Ashley said...

I'm a big fan of tarragon and chicken, but I will definitely give this a try!

Amy J. and Tiffanie A. said...


Sandra said...

This sound sooo delicious.What a lovely presentation, and photos making this dish really tempting!

Unknown said...

Oh wow this looks and sounds right up my alley!!

Anonymous said...

This sounds absolutely delicious! I love that it has sour cream in it...

Monet said...

Herbs are one thing I can grow well too! And I love what you did with fresh basil...because we have tons of it! Thank you for sharing another yummy treat with me. I'm glad to start my day by visiting your blog! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday full of laughter and good food!

Emily Malloy said...

Forget whether you have a green thumb, this chicken salad is heavenly!

kita said...

I love chicken salad, and didn't discover it until my late teens. I just clicked over here and realized I hadn't had any since before the start of summer! What's wrong with me?? This sounds beautiful and oh so bite worthy.

MrsJenB said...

Gosh I just love chicken salad. I would definitely have used the walnuts and apples too! :)

And btw, I'm totally jealous of your herb garden. EVERYTHING of mine died this year, except the tomatoes. It's been a tough summer.

PS did I ever tell you how pretty your blog is? I just love it.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

i am always looking for different ways to make chicken salad:) thank you for sharing this recipe. i will be sure to try this out.

Claire @ The Realistic Nutritionist said...


Anonymous said...

This looks gorgeous! I love the placement/napkin, so pretty

SweetSavoryPlanet said...

I really like a combination of mayo and sour cream in my chicken salad. I have never tried this combination for a chicken salad and it looks delicious.

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Delicious combo! Love the pics.

Anonymous said...

I was not blessed with a green thumb either... I only got 3 cherry tomatoes from my plant last year before killing it!

I'm glad you were able to grow these herbs and make such a delicious looking chicken dish with them!

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