Hot Crunchy Chicken Salad

Just like the ebb and flow of the ocean, food trends come and go over the years! Certain recipes rise to stardom for a time but then fall by the wayside, making way for newer recipes, often with more “sophisticated” ingredients, to move into the spotlight for their 15 minutes of fame! We all like to try a new recipe but that doesn’t mean that some of the older recipes don’t deserve a second look. One such recipe, in my opinion, is Hot Crunchy Chicken Salad. My friends always liked this dish, too!

Recipes for Hot Crunchy Chicken Salad may be found in many older southern cookbooks. The version I prefer is from Southern Living 1983 Annual Recipes Cookbook. I don’t really know if this recipe was popular in other parts of the country but it was well-liked in my neck of the woods!

This recipe for Hot Crunchy Chicken Salad is unique because the chicken salad is served hot, not cold as   chicken salad is traditionally served. Another unique feature of this recipe is the topping of crushed potato chips. (I don’t know of another recipe, off the top of my head, that uses potato chips in a baked casserole dish.)

I love crunchy foods and three ingredients contribute to the crunchiness of this recipe: almonds, celery and potato chips. The shredded Cheddar cheese layer just below the crushed potato chips adds even more flavor.

The Recipe

Hot Crunchy Chicken Salad
Serves 6
A unique chicken salad served hot. The crunchiness is provided by celery, almonds and a topping of crushed potato chips!
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  2. 1 1/2 cups diced celery
  3. 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  4. 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  5. 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  6. 1 cup mayonnaise
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  8. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  9. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  10. 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  11. 1 1/2 cups crushed potato chips
  1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.
  2. Spoon chicken mixture into a lightly greased shallow 2-quart casserole; sprinkle with cheese, and top with crushed potato chips.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 25 minutes.
  1. I added 1 teaspoon celery seed to this recipe because I always add it to chicken salad.

This recipe would be great served at brunch, lunch or at a light supper with just a salad or vegetable side. If you’d prefer a lighter version of Hot Crunchy Chicken Salad you could switch out the mayonnaise for some Greek yogurt. Be sure to make this dish your own by adding or changing any ingredients you choose! I added 1 teaspoon celery seed to this recipe because I always put it in regular chicken salad. Diced pimentos could also be added for an additional layer of flavor.

Tasty Tip: How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

The recipe for Hot Crunchy Chicken Salad includes 2 hard boiled eggs. I’d like to share the way I cook hard boiled eggs with you because this way the eggs come out great every time, without those dreaded green rings around the yolk!

First fill a pan about half full of water. Bring the water to a boil. Add the eggs to the boiling water and immediately turn the cooking temperature down to Low. Next cover the pan with a lid and set the timer for 20 minutes. As soon as the timer sounds, uncover the pan, pour the hot water off the eggs and cover the eggs with cold water. Start peeling the eggs as soon as possible, continuing to run cold water over them. If you prepared a large number of eggs it may be advantageous to add some ice to the cold water. Peel the eggs starting at the larger end which has an air pocket and the eggs will peel much easier.

In Conclusion

Retro recipes can be delightful and fun to make! I hope you enjoyed our trip to the past via Hot Crunchy Chicken Salad and perhaps learned how to make hard boiled eggs without green rings around the yolk!

What’s your favorite Retro Recipe?

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Hot Crunchy Chicken Salad – Retro Recipe — 32 Comments

  1. Janet, I am so glad you reminded me of this recipe, I used to make it often and we always enjoyed it so much! It is time to make this retro recipe again! Have a wonderful weekend! Pam @ Everyday Living

  2. Hi Pam, Glad to know someone remembered this recipe with me! Thanks so much for your comments and your website – I enjoy seeing your beautiful tablescapes and really like how you incorporate scripture into your posts! Blessings, Janet

  3. YUM! I remember this recipe growing up. It is definitely a family favorite, but I like your version better. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Hi Susan, I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s still good after all these years! Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by. Come back again soon! Blessings, Janet

  5. Yum! This sounds GREAT!! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up…Pinned ?

  6. Reminds me of my mom’s tuna casserole! Thanks for sharing on the What?s for Dinner link up and don?t forget to leave a comment at the party ? Next week?s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  7. Hi Angela, Thanks for your kind comments and pin! Thanks also for hosting Sunday Fitness & Food Link Up! I hope you have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  8. Hi Helen, I think this recipe would work just as well with tuna as chicken. Thanks for your comments and visit! Blessings, Janet

  9. I live in Texas and I had a lot of those old Southern Living Annual Recipe Cookbooks from the 80’s & early 90’s! I definitely remember a dish like this. Love the crunchy topping. Thanks for a yummy recipe and a little nostalgia! #overthemoon

  10. Oh my gosh I cannot stand how good this looks – going to try this next week for a delicious family dinner! Thanks for sharing this, found you at Over the Moon ?

  11. Hi Cathy, Aren’t those old Southern Living Annual Cookbooks the best?! I won’t be parting with those any time soon! In fact I saw one at the Goodwill store recently and had to restrain myself from buying it! :=) Hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks for hosting #overthemoon! Blessings, Janet

  12. Hi Katie, Thanks for your enthusiastic comments and I hope you enjoy this crunchy recipe! Come back again soon! Blessings, Janet

  13. This looks awesome and so yummy. I love that it has a crunchy topping. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  14. Hi Vanessa, Thank you, it’s my pleasure to participate at Dishing It and Digging It Link Party! Thanks also for your kind comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  15. This looks great! I love crunchy casseroles. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

  16. I remember this recipe! You’re right, sometimes the classics are the best. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  17. Hi Beverly, Glad you remember this too! Thanks for hosting Snickerdoodle Sunday! Thanks also for pinning this recipe! Blessings, Janet

  18. I tasted this once at a ladies gathering and did not get the recipe. I loved it…and so glad I found it here on your blog. Sheila

  19. Hi Rhonda, Thanks for your comments and visit! Thank you for hosting Sunday’s Best Linkup – see you tomorrow! Blessings, Janet

  20. Hi Sheila, I’m so glad you found the recipe and my blog! Come back soon! Thanks for your visit and comments! Blessings, Janet

  21. Pinned and printed out this recipe. I love chicken salad, but have never tried it like this. Thank you for sharing it with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

  22. Hi Nicole, Thanks for your kind comments and for pinning this recipe! It was really popular back in the day! I hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

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