Big Daddy’s Kick’n Chicken Salad

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I love chicken salad sandwiches. But this, Big Daddy’s Kick’n chicken salad, is different than any I’ve had. It’s outrageously good. Although there’s a lot of ‘normal’ chicken salad ingredients in it, there are some really unique flavors too. Like jalapeno. Chicken salad needed a bit of heat (not too much, mind you), and the jalapeno adds just the right amount. You’ll find nuts in a lot of recipes, but roasted pistachios really add a different flavor. In fact, I actually ended up adding smoked pistachios, which were incredible. And there’s chili sauce too! What??? In chicken salad??? Yes! Oh yes!

Big Daddy's Kick'n Chicken Salad

The recipe for Big Daddy’s Kick’n chicken salad (courtesy Aaron McCargo) is spot-on great. I wouldn’t change a thing except to triple the amounts because it’ll disappear in no time at all. This will be our go-to chicken salad recipe for now on, that’s for sure!

I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.

Also try my spicy chicken salad.

Big Daddy's Kick'n Chicken Salad
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Big Daddy’s Kick’n Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad sandwiches. But this, Big Daddy’s Kick’n chicken salad, is different than any I’ve had. It’s outrageously good. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken salad, spicy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 606kcal


For the chicken salad

  • 3 cups cooked chicken chopped or shredded, as desired
  • 4 large jalapenos seeded, diced
  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup pistachios roasted, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 medium lemon juiced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onions green parts only, sliced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

For the sandwich

  • 12 slices bread or use split large croissants
  • green leaf lettuce
  • tomato sliced


For the chicken salad

  • Combine all ingredients, seasoning to taste.

For the sandwich

  • Place lettuce and tomato on half of the bread slices.
  • Divide the chicken salad between the sandwiches and add the top bread slice. Serve.


Calories: 606kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 612mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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