Rock & Roll Chicken Salad

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Rock & Roll Chicken Salad is one of my most requested recipes, and the reason I started this blog. It's loaded with red grapes, almonds and dill weed, which makes it Rock and Roll!

chicken salad, grapes and berries on a floral plate

Where Did It Get Its Name?

Rock & Roll Chicken Salad has always been my number one request from family and friends. The first memory I have of eating chicken salad is when I stayed overnight with Granny Tag as a little girl. Little did I know that I would be making it all these years later.

My chicken salad recipe has evolved over the years, but it all began in Granny Tag's kitchen.

How'd it get its name? The 'rock' stands for almonds and the 'roll' stands for grapes. Add a little dill weed, rotisserie chicken and Duke's Mayonnaise (ad), and you've got a rockin' sensation.

scoop of chicken salad on floral plate with fruit

What's Special About This Recipe?

If you make my recipe, you've got to know about the lady behind it. Granny Tag was a wild woman. Every moment she spent on earth was meant for mischief making. When she wasn’t being mischievous, she was cooking up a big pot of goodness in her kitchen. On several occasions, the two intertwined.

On Friday nights, Granny would babysit my brother and me. Her favorite babysitting activity revolved around greasing her huge claw-footed bathtub with a cup of lard.

To our delight, we took turns stripping down naked and sliding all over that bathtub until we were completely worn out. Have you ever heard of a greased pig? Well, that’s exactly what we resembled.

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After we were all greased up, Granny would load us in the tub, fill the water up to our necks, and float Ivory soap bars on top. Next, she would carve little holes into the bars of soap and insert lighted birthday candles.

We would stay as quiet as church mice trying to dodge the candles floating around. I guess that was Granny's way of melting the grease away.

While this craziness was going on, Granny was busy whipping up a masterpiece. I remember one of them being chicken salad with Duke's Mayonnaise (ad) on Roman Meal bread.

mayonnaise based chicken salad with fruit on a colorful plate

How to Make It

Mix cubed rotisserie chicken, minced onion, sliced almonds, red seedless grapes, fresh dill weed, garlic powder, and mayonnaise in a large bowl until blended well.

Spread on sliced bread for a sandwich, scoop onto a bed of lettuce, or stuff into a croissant. Garnish with fresh dill weed if desired.

Chicken Salad Tips

  • Use rotisserie chicken. It's more tender and turns out perfectly every time.
  • Add something crunchy like almonds, and something sweet like grapes.
  • Season the chicken salad with fresh dill weed. Make sure to use Duke's Mayonnaise.
  • Add Granny Tag's secret ingredient. A little garlic powder goes a long way to give this chicken salad its outstanding flavor.

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scoop of chicken salad on floral plate with fruit

Rock & Roll Chicken Salad

Rock & Roll Chicken Salad is the way it was meant to be. This is the best chicken salad you'll ever eat, and it's still my most requested recipe! 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 498kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.


  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken breast cubed
  • ½ cup mayonnaise I use Duke's ad
  • 1 Tbsp. finely minced onion
  • 4 oz. sliced almonds
  • ½ cup red seedless grapes halved
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh dill weed
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • fresh dill to garnish optional


  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until everything is well blended.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Stir well before serving and garnish with fresh dill if desired.


After refrigerating, add more Duke's mayonnaise (ad) to make it creamier.
Spread on sliced bread for a sandwich, scoop onto a bed of lettuce, or stuff into a croissant.
Dried dill weed may be substituted for fresh if desired.


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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  1. Well your Granny Tag and I would have gotten along great! Love that she was a wild woman! I am glad to add this recipe to my collection. I have loved it when you have made it Debi and I have gotten a taste of this goodness!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks Deb,, This is an awesome, simple recipe that will taste great on a hot afternoon.

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