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Dill Pickle Chicken Salad with chicken, dill pickles, and green onions smothered in a cream cheese dill pickle juice dressing. Serve on rolls, croissants, or inside lettuce for a low carb option.

Dill pickle chicken salad recipe inside a croissant.

This dill pickle chicken salad is a delicious twist to traditional chicken salad. Loaded with chunks of dill pickle, dried dill seasoning, and pickle juice! 

My love and obsession for all things pickle is real. I can’t get enough of them! I may or may not be known to eat a jar of the super crispy and cold Claussen pickles as a snack … so if you are not a fan of pickles then you may just want to skip this recipe. Or if you love chicken salad recipes then try my pineapple chicken salad .

But if you’re like me and you want all the pickles than be sure and try my dill pickle pasta salad recipe as well. 

Recipe for dill pickle chicken salad. A chicken salad full of chicken, dill pickles, and green onion with a cream cheese dill pickle dressing.


Shredded or Chopped Chicken – Cooked chicken breasts. I love to use a Rotisserie chicken for chicken salad recipes. But feel free to bake chicken and chop it up or put some chicken breasts into the slow cooker with a can of chicken broth and let it cook on LOW for 6-7 hours, you will end up with fall apart chicken that goes great in this dill pickle chicken salad. 

Dill Pickles – You will use some of the juice from inside the pickle jar in the dressing. I like to chop the pickles into really small chunks for this chicken salad recipe. 

Green Onions

Cream Cheese – This makes the chicken so creamy and it’s my favorite ingredient for a really good (and not dry!) chicken salad. 


Dried Dill

Garlic Powder, Salt, & Pepper

How to make dill pickle chicken salad with step by step picture instructions.


– I have had some readers say that the full bar of cream cheese makes the chicken salad too creamy and the taste of cream cheese is overwhelming. I have never found that to be the case with this dill pickle chicken salad, but if you think this may be you than feel free to use less cream cheese. Everyone is different. I love it as is and the recipe below is exactly how I’ve made it for years. 

– If you want to try to cut down on some of the calories than try using a bar of reduced-fat cream cheese and/or plain greek yogurt or plain yogurt for the mayonnaise. It will affect the taste slightly so just make sure that you are used to that tangy, plain tasting yogurt flavor. You could also use light mayo as well. 

– Don’t confuse mayonnaise with Miracle Whip. I think they taste completely different. The recipe calls for mayonnaise but if you love Miracle Whip and the taste of it then feel free to use that. Miracle Whip has more of a zest and tangy flavor than mayo.

– When it comes to my beloved pickles I never follow the recipe! Throw in some extra chopped pickles, extra dill, and even extra pickle juice. This recipe is very adaptable so feel free to play around with the ingredients and measurements. Lots of readers have said that they have added thinly sliced celery for added crunch and texture. 

– Make sure that whatever chicken you use is cooked. Either shredded chicken or chopped chicken will work fine. I prefer to buy a large Rotisserie chicken from Costco when I make this. One of those provides enough chicken for this recipe. 

Dill pickle chicken salad recipe with cooked chicken, dill pickles, green onions in a cream cheese and dill pickle creamy dressing.



    • Our favorite way to eat these is inside a flaky, buttery croissant. I pick up a pack of croissants at Costco when I buy the rotisserie chicken for this recipe. You can also serve the chicken salad inside rolls or any other bread you like. It’s really good inside these buttery one hour rolls or buy some rolls from the bakery at the store for convenience and ease. 

    • Make a chicken salad wrap with a flour tortilla. Any large tortilla will work like regular flour, whole wheat, low carb, or the green spinach ones. I like to add a layer of green lettuce and possibly some tomato slices when I make a wrap. 

    • A healthier, and low-carb, way to serve this is as a salad. Place some green lettuce on a plate and top with some of the dill pickle chicken salad. It would be great topped with some chopped tomatoes too. 

    • Another low-carb and healthier way to serve it is as a lettuce wrap. I actually prefer to use Iceberg lettuce because it has such great crunch but Bibb lettuce is another great choice for lettuce wraps. 

Dill pickle chicken salad inside a croissant roll that's cut in half.


Fruity Cashew Chicken Pasta Salad – A creamy pasta salad with grapes, pineapple, cashews, chicken, and spiral pasta in an easy & homemade dressing. 

Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps – A Santa Fe chicken salad with beans, corn, and southwestern spices inside a flour tortilla with lettuce, avocado, and tomato slices. 

Hot Chicken Salad French Bread Sandwiches – This is one of my family’s favorite dinner recipes! Store bought French bread sliced in half and topped with an easy chicken salad. Bakes in the oven to get that crispy French bread exterior and the warm delicious middle of chicken salad. It’s really good and can be on the dinner table in 30 minutes. 

Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps – This is an older recipe with not the best pictures but it’s delicious! A homemade (easy) Caesar dressing drizzled over chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese inside a flour tortilla. 



Recipe for dill pickle chicken salad. A chicken salad full of chicken, dill pickles, and green onion with a cream cheese dill pickle dressing.
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Dill Pickle Chicken Salad

Author Jessica
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Fridge Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 sandwiches
Dill Pickle Chicken Salad with chicken, dill pickles, and green onions smothered in a cream cheese dill pickle juice dressing. Serve on rolls, croissants, or inside lettuce for a low carb option.


chicken salad

  • 4 cups shredded or chopped chicken cooked chicken
  • 1 cup diced dill pickles
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions

creamy dressing

  • 1 bar (8 oz) cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice from the pickle jar
  • ¾ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine the chicken, diced dill pickles, and green onion in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, dill pickle juice, dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pour over the chicken salad and stir together until well combined.
  • Let the chicken salad refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. This chicken salad is much better when it's cold but can also be served immediatley after making it if wanted. Serve with croissants, rolls, or lettuce leaves. 
  • Store leftovers in a covered container for about 3 days.


Serving Size : If you serve this chicken salad with smaller rolls, then you will be able to get closer to 15-20 sandwiches. Croissants are larger which results in fewer servings. The recipe makes about 6 cups of chicken salad so I figure about 1/2 cup of chicken salad per person which equals the 12 servings. You can get more servings if you use less chicken salad inside smaller rolls or something. 
How to reduce the fat & calories : Feel free to use light cream cheese, light mayo, and/or sub plain greek yogurt to yogurt for the mayo. The yogurt will change the taste slightly. 
Salt & Pepper : I always use a seasoned Rotisserie chicken (just one from Costco) so I feel the salt and pepper amount is fine. But depending on what chicken you use, and how flavorful it is, you may want to add additional salt, pepper, and possibly some other spices.
Tip for the cream cheese : The cream cheese needs to be soft so it mixes in smooth. I put the cream cheese on a microwave safe plate and let it microwave for about 25 seconds. You don't want the cream cheese super hot and slightly melted. Just softened. 
How to serve : Serve inside croissant rolls, rolls, wraps with flour tortillas, or inside a piece of lettuce for a lettuce wrap. 
This recipe was originally published in 2018. It has been updated in January 2021 with better pictures & more helpful tips and direction. Recipe is the same. 


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 339IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I can relate to your pickle obsession! Can’t wait to make this at home tonight, but I don’t have any green onions. Do you think the flavor of the recipe will be heavily altered if I use red or white onions? Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Together As Family says:

      It should be just fine using a white, yellow, or even sweet onion. Me personally, I think a red onion would be strong or maybe I say that cause I am not huge fan of red onion. But yes, any onion will work 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this and it is delicious. One of the best chicken salads i have ever had and definitely the best I have made! Highly recommended. I do love will pickles though!

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this fabulous Dill Pickle Chicken Salad! This will most definitely be a recipe I will make for my family and church potlucks!
    I cooked 2 lbs of chicken breasts in 1&1/2 cups of Better Than Bouillon, chicken flavor in my crockpot for 6 hrs on low, and then shredded the chicken in the crockpot and drained the bouillon off the chicken. It turned out full of flavor and moist!
    Thank you for this scrumptious low carb recipe!
    May God bless you with a wonderful day!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for Memorial Day Weekend festivities. It was a huge hit. I will be making this again very soon. Thanks, Jessica!

  5. Tia Whitehead says:

    5 stars
    OMGoodness! I just made this Dill Pickle Chicken Salad for my office birthday bash that is tomorrow and I tasted it and immediately loved it! It’s currently “hanging out in the fridge”.. I can’t wait to share it!
    Thanks for sharing! ❤️

    1. Together As Family says:

      Awesome! So good to hear this. I hope everyone loved it.

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  8. I’m on the keto diet and this is perfect for me. I will not serve it on rolls, will just eat it plain. Do you have any idea how many servings total this would be? I need to figure out the nutrients. Thanks very much.

    1. How long will this still be good in the refrigerator?

      1. Together As Family says:

        2-3 days is what seems to work for this chicken salad…. if it lasts that long 🙂 Enjoy!

  9. Joan LeBlanc says:

    Had lots of leftover pork from a pork roast I had cooked so substituted pork for chicken and it was delicious.

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  11. I made this chicken salad and I could not get enough of it. I did add celery which added some crunch. Also, I used chicken that I cooked in my crock pot, so it was super tender. This is a recipe that is delicious and I will make again and again. Thank you!

    1. Together As Family says:

      Yum, celery sounds like a great addition. Thank you so much for your comment.

  12. Joan Strunk says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely off the charts! Delicious! Will definitely be making this often. This will be going into my “Best of the Best folder!

    1. Together As Family says:

      That made my day! I love this chicken salad so it makes me so happy when others love it just as much. Thanks so much for commenting and leaving your review. I appreciate it.

  13. Catherine Kotalo says:

    5 stars
    Loved it! I’m a huge fan of pickles and chicken salad, so this really hit the spot! **The recipe is correct: you MUST love pickles**

  14. I made this for a day of boating with my kids and grandkids. We just put it on crackers. It was a big hit! You should have seen my 7 year old grandson piling it up on a cracker and stuffing it in his mouth all at once. He couldn’t get enough! LOL I’m making another bigger batch now for our annual ~200 foot water slide party tomorrow! Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe. I used the Claussen garlic pickles, so only used half the garlic powder, and for the onion, used a shallot instead of green onions. Yummy and will most definitely be making this again!!

  16. patricia samuelson says:

    5 stars
    big hit with everyone and so easy can use canned chicken

  17. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! My family loves dill pickles… so this was an instant hit. I eyeball the ingredients and use a couple heaping spoonfuls of whipped cream cheese. For myself I make lettuce wraps (delicious), but the rest of my family loves it on potato bread. It’s our new go to chicken salad recipe in my household. Thanks for sharing.

  18. This is delicious! I added more pickle juice and more pickles because that’s how I roll.

    1. Together as Family says:

      Love it! This is the ultimate pickle lovers recipe!

  19. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight and I absolutely love it! This is my new go-to lunch recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Together as Family says:

      So glad you liked it! Happy it’s a new go-to for you.

  20. Suzi Davis says:

    5 stars
    Sooo good! Tysm! I did add 1/4 tsp onion powder, dash of celery salt and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Can’t wait for this to chill and eat for dinner tonight!!!