This Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich is the perfect choice for lunch and when you want to bring the deli to your kitchen at home. The flavor starts at first bite when you taste that buttery croissant, and it just goes uphill from there with tender chicken and fresh ingredients.
Looking for more chicken sandwich ideas? You should check out my Italian Grilled Chicken Panini Sandwich, Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, Spicy Cajun Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and Crispy BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich.
It does not take much convincing for me to try anything where a croissant is a part of the equation. Growing up, my mother made chicken salad sandwiches for lunch, and I still remember how awesome they were. Just like anything I make, I had to take that great memory and put my spin on it.
I wanted to keep it simple and easy to make while maintaining the integrity of those childhood flavors intact. I used a combination of mayo and mustard along with dill relish to enhance the creamy, rich, and tangy flavors for my recipe.
Croissant chicken salad sandwich ingredients:
- Chicken is the most important ingredient. Go with the pre-cooked and pre-shredded option for a quick and easy meal.
- I use mayo for the creamy factor. Optional: You can also use half mayo and half sour cream (or Greek yogurt) for more creaminess. Sour cream is the not so obvious option, but it does wonders for the freshness of this recipe. Sour cream also helps to balance out the heaviness of the mayonnaise.
- For the tangy element, I use dill relish and a little mustard. They go a long way in adding that subtle bite to the salad. If you prefer a sweeter taste, swap out the dill relish for sweet relish.
- Fresh ingredients are best so I chop up red onion and celery.
- For the seasonings, you’ll need paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, basil flakes, and sea salt.
- You can choose to go with a buttery croissant or not. I think croissants are the best bread for chicken salad sandwiches. This salad is also perfect on a bed of lettuce or with crackers as an appetizer. Optional: Toast your croissants by laying them cut-side down on a baking sheet and baking them in a 400 degrees for around 5 minutes.
What type of chicken should I use to make chicken salad?
You can opt for boneless chicken breast or shredded chicken. I prefer rotisserie-style shredded chicken because it tends to be moist due to the blend of dark and white chicken meat. You can buy shredded chicken from your local grocery store or head over to my Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken recipe.
How to make a chicken salad croissant sandwich:
Chop your ingredients. Chop your shredded chicken into smaller pieces, then add to a large bowl. Cutting the chicken into smaller pieces helps ensure you get a nice amount of chicken and fresh ingredients in every bite. Chop your red onions and celery into small pieces, then add them to the bowl along with the chicken.
Prepare the chicken salad. Add the mayo, mustard, and dill relish into the same bowl and blend everything together. I choose to use dill relish over sweet relish because I prefer a tangy taste, and it reminds me of the tuna salad sandwiches I grew up loving. Top these ingredients with your seasonings.
Prepare the croissant and assemble. Cut your croissant in half and layer it with tomato slices and arugula. You can also use butter lettuce instead of arugula.
What additional ingredients can I add to my chicken salad sandwich recipe?
There are so many ways to make chicken salad. As long as your salad contains chicken and a binder like mayo, a chicken salad can include several ingredients including:
- Sliced almonds, walnuts, and pecans can enhance the flavor and provide texture for your chicken salad
- Avocado can add flavor and creaminess
- Hard-boiled eggs are a standard in Southern-style egg salad recipes, so why not add them to your chicken salad as well?
- Red or green grapes can add a hint of sweetness and juicy pop
- You also use dried fruit, like cranberries, or fresh fruit, like apples.
Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich FAQs
- What a creamier chicken salad? For more creaminess, you can also use half mayo and half sour cream (or even Greek yogurt). Sour cream is the not-so-obvious option, but it does wonders for the freshness of this recipe. Sour cream also helps to balance out the heaviness of the mayonnaise.
- What a toasted croissant? Before you start topping the croissants, lay them cut-side down on a baking sheet and toast them in a 400 degree oven for about five minutes.
- Can I Use Miracle Whip Instead of mayo? Yes, you can swap out the mayo for Miracle Whip. This is actually more of the norm in some southern regions. Miracle Whip is sweet, so you could opt for half mayo and half Miracle Whip.
- Can I make my chicken salad ahead of time? Absolutely! In fact, storing the chicken salad in the fridge for a few hours before using it gives time for the flavors to develop. The chicken salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- Do I have to use croissants? Croissants are my preference due to their buttery flavor and flaky texture, but you can use white or wheat bread, tortilla wraps, lettuce wraps, or serve them as a snack with crackers.
When you want to add a great sandwich recipe to your lunch menu, give this Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich a spot on your table. The flavors you get from each bite will put this sandwich in rotation regularly.Print