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Summer Easy Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges

Updated on July 7, 2013

Fast Fresh Easy Chicken Salad Recipe


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Chicken Salad for Dinner

Who wants to cook during a summer heat wave? Not me.

You manage to drag yourself home from work through the hot traffic and summer climate and then you have to come up with a tasty family meal.

Stopping for take-away after work can get both monotonous and expensive. After all, you do try to feed your family healthy foods and most take-away is loaded with salt, sugar, and fat.

Here is a quick Chicken Salad recipe. This can use precooked cans of white meat chicken or the left overs from the store bought rotisserie chicken from last night. The addition of a can of mandarin oranges adds a great flavor zest and a visual appeal as well.

After the basic recipe, let's discuss the different types of additions to the recipe that just might appeal to your family. This recipe may also be dressed up and taken to the Card Group lunch too! Well, why not!!

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 2-4 servings (rests in fridge for 15 minutes!)

Ingredients Keep is Simple!

I used only half of the mayo in the picture.  1 T. was enough to moisten the chicken salad.
I used only half of the mayo in the picture. 1 T. was enough to moisten the chicken salad. | Source


  • 1 can (12 oz) cooked chicken
  • 1 can (6 oz) Mandarin Oranges
  • 2 T. chopped onions
  • 1 stalk chopped celery
  • 1 T. mayonnaise
  • 1-2 dashes onion powder
  • 1 -2 dashes curry powder, (not shown in picture)

Gently Mix

Serve over lettuce or on raisin toast
Serve over lettuce or on raisin toast | Source


  1. Open and drain the can of cooked chicken (save the liquid for soups or just treat the pets right then and there!) Or cut the chicken off the store-bought rotisserie chicken
  2. Chop onion and celery. Set aside the 1 T. of mayo. Set aside the onion and curry powders.
  3. Open and drain the can of Mandarin Oranges. I have no idea what it feels like to have the juice left over as the husband drinks it asap.
  4. Gently combine all ingredients Taste and add a dash of onion powder (not onion salt!)
  5. Place in fridge for a few minutes while you unwind or set the table or toast the bread or wash the lettuce. It tastes better if let to combine in the fridge for about 15 minutes (or more is okay)

Different Ingredient Ideas

Chicken salad was a favorite when I was a kid. We did not have it often as we did not have left-over chicken very often and my Mom would not cook chicken just for chicken salad sandwiches.

I especially like having the cans of cooked chicken on-hand that you can buy at Costco. They are all white meat and not expensive at all!

Serving this chicken salad on raisin toast adds a further touch of taste and sweetness. I have experimented with different additional flavors and ingredients for this dish and can say that we like all of the following additions and ideas:

FRUITS: It is easy to change out the fruit for other fruits such as: pineapple, apple, strawberries, blueberries, cherries and such. If you may also combine two or more different fruits. Cantaloupe is good with this too!

DRIED FRUITS: Throw in a handful of raisins or Craisins too! Any dried fruit would be good. How about apricots? That sounds great!

SPICES: Stepping up the curry and mixing it with a lighter dressing such as Marzetti's will make this a tasty dish.

SPECIALTY BREADS: As you can imagine the addition of specialty breads, muffins, or rolls will take this up a level. The favorite is a lemon poppy muffin. It will only take a minute to mix some butter and some honey or the butter with the mandarin orange juice. Be careful to not make the butter too runny.

VEG OUT: Try cucumbers in place of the fruit. This makes it extra garden fresh. Green onions are good in place of the regular chopped onions too. Substitute tomatoes for the Mandarin oranges.

I know that these ideas are not new. But, sometimes we need to tickle our memories and imaginations to take a recipe to a different place. After a hot day at work in the summertime, it is nice to have something like this to remind you of how good you cook when you are not so tired!

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      oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

      NMLady Hi. Your recipe sounds refreshing and tasty,especially with the Mandarin Orange flavor. It is our summer,so it will be a nice change. Thanks for sharing with us. :) :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      CHicken and oranges...a combo you cannot beat. Enjoyed this recipe and will certainly try it.

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Maybe...just maybe we can get fresh Mandarin style of oranges AT the Orange Patch during the harvest season....LOL!!

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      Robert Loescher 4 years ago from Michigan

      The market near my house was out of fresh mandarin oranges and I certainly wasn't going to use canned. (much laughter is heard in the background)

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Do let me know how it urns out!!

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      Robert Loescher 4 years ago from Michigan

      What a fabulous idea. I too hate cooking when it is hot. Going home tonight and making this dish. I have been looking for a new way to use mandarin oranges (one of my favorite fruits to use in recipes) and your chicken salad recipe comes up and slaps me in the face! I will tell you how it turns out.

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona