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Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad Copycat

This Neiman Marcus classic is one of the best summer deli salad recipes ever!

Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad Copycat
Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad Copycat

This Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad copycat makes for the perfect pause in any shopping trip. This twist on a deli salad includes chicken, celery, grapes and fresh parsley. Mixed with light mayo, it's a great lunch idea. You can serve this chicken salad copycat recipe on a salad, as a sandwich, or use it as a dip for crackers. No matter how you serve it, everyone will love this simple chicken salad. Healthy and satisfying...what more can you ask for? It's an easy summer salad recipe that doesn't require any cooking, making it easy and refreshing for warmer weather.

What's great about deli salads like this chicken salad recipe is that they are great for using up leftovers. In this case, using leftover chicken is a great way to speed up the process and use up those leftovers before they go to waste! Make this tasty chicken salad copycat for lunches or a nice summer picnic, and your family will be asking you to make it again and again.

History of Helen Corbitt's Chicken Salad

Neiman Marcus' famous chicken salad recipe was developped by famous chef Helen Corbitt while working for the department store in 1955. Known for using out of the ordinary ingredients in her recipes, Corbitt quickly made a name for herself as one of American's most innovative chefs.

Her career began in 1940 at the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught catering and restaurant management. It was there that her unique approach to developping recipes was noticed and her fame began to grow. She developped a tea room, where her creations could be enjoyed by everyone.

Before long, Corbitt took her career to new heights. She worked for country clubs, cafes, restaurants, and departments stores all across Texas, until she eventually landed at Neiman Marcus. It was there that she developped the recipes, including this one, that are still sold in Neiman Marcus Cafes to this day. Everything from her famous chicken salad to Texas caviar and Neiman Marcus' famous lemon poppy seed dressing. Helen Corbitt was truly a foodie before it was cool!

Serves6

Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 1/2 cup seedless purple grapes, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss chicken, mayonnaise, celery, grapes and parsley together adding salt and pepper to taste.

  2. Just before serving, whip cream to soft peaks and gently fold into the chicken mixture.

  3. Toast almonds in a dry skillet until golden brown, and stir into the mixture, reserving a few for garnish.

  4. Serve the salad in lettuce leaf cups or spooned into croissants to make sandwiches.

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I love chicken salad and the suggestions here for its use are really very much welcome. I don't include grapes in chicken salad or sandwich but I'd like to try it next time esp when used as salad or dip for crackers . The celery is okay but the parsely has a certain flavor I'd rather use with soups. I don't mind using pecan nuts with this salad. I want this with lots of pepper, a bit sugar and ordinary mayo, not diet mayo. Thanks for this copycat recipe from Neiman Marcus.

why are you rating this if you had not tried. this is a typical recipe for chicken salad recipe so when you add variations, maybe you should not comment and just add your own recipe

My suggestion would be to submit your own recipe as this one had nothing that you liked, but yet you gave it 5 stars. lol classic!

I love a good chicken salad recipe, so of course I can't wait to try this spin on chicken salad either as a side dish or as a sandwich. I've really good things about the food at Neiman Marcus, so I have to assume this would be great!

why r u rating this if you have not tried it yet

I'm not a big fan of chicken salad, but I've heard the food at the Neiman Marcus restaurant is very tasty, so I would definitely be willing to give this recipe a try.

I make Chicken salad all the time. I like the addition of the whipping cream but I just can't see using grapes and almonds. #BestIdeaEver My recipe calls for a mix of white and dark meat chicken, celery, radishes, bell pepper, onion and Miracle Whip. I think whipped cream would make a great addition to my recipe but I can't use it because my husband has diabetes and heart problems so I don't use it in his food at all. In fact for him I even leave out the radishes, bell peppers and onion or else he will get sick. I also use this recipe after I make a ham. I will take and cut most of the ham off the bones and then will take and make sure to get the scraps of ham off the bones and make ham salad for sandwiches or for use on a bed of leaf lettuce.

Personally, I love grapes and pecans in chicken salad, but I also like the lemon poppy seed chicken salad for a change, too. All that matters is that you like it! I use recipes as an inspirational tool and make changes as needed, although sometimes for a new recipe, I follow it exactly before I try anything dangerous! lol

It's the whipping cream that elevates this chicken salad! One tip is to pull off the tough outer strings on the celery before dicing.

I am not too smart when it comes to whipping cream. Do you whip it or do you just add it to the salad out of the carton? Please help. Thank you.

It says to whip the whipping cream to soft peaks and fold it in at the last minute. I'll bet you could try a few other ways here. I'm going to try it for tomorrow...sounds so wonderful!

This is really good - the dressing so creamy! It's a decadent recipe, but I suppose if it's made with light mayo then you don't need to worry as much.

I have made this recipe for yrs and yrs. I always add walnuts to it too. Pecans work too. I make it with bow tie pasta too for a pasta salad, It has been a favorite salad of mine for yrs. I never had it at Neiman Marcus but have eaten it at Byerly's/Lund's in Minneapolis. Thats were I got hooked on it.

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