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How to Make Chicken Salad

Brighten the flavor of your chicken salad with a hint of citrus. Our Test Kitchen expert walks you through the easy recipe that you’ll return to for weeknight dinners.

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-Chicken salad is a blank canvass for all kinds of fresh flavors, herbs and citrus peel are 2 of our favorites. Fresh herbs like mint, tarragon and basil are available pretty much everywhere and each adds a distinct flavor. Simply snip the leaves in a cup using kitchen shears or chop with a knife. Then toss into your chicken salad. Finely shredded lemon, orange or lime peel is another flavorful option. The fragrant oils in the peel will brighten any chicken salad. Be sure to let the chicken salad chill for a few hours before serving to allow the flavors to blend.