Sour Cream and Onion Chicken Salad

14 Reviews / 4.8 Average
I’ve tried making chicken salad all different ways (even using the dreaded processed store bought mayo), but I've finally found the perfect recipe with this Sour Cream and Onion Chicken Salad. It makes a great snack or appetizer any day of the week!
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My older daughter has always claimed that she “doesn’t like chicken salad.” Well, that girl changed her mind super fast when one day I introduced this combination: Sour Cream and Onion Chicken Salad!

This stuff is good with crackers, veggies, pretzels, and even just by itself. Trust me. Give it a go and you’ll see what all the fuss is about!

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  1. 5 stars
    This was just the flavor I was craving! I didn’t have any dried onion so I used fresh and I also added in some chopped celery. Definitely a keeper!

  2. I have to make “sour cream and onion” dip for a party this weekend. Would this work, minus the chicken? Just wondering if leaving out the chicken will change it too much. Or do you have a recipe like that? Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Tiffany. That is not something we have tried but it you do, let us know if it works alone as a dip.

      1. Bi tasted the sour cream without chicken but add everything else and it tastes like Lipton French onion dip.

  3. Diana @DandelionGreensBlog

    5 stars
    I recently found your site and I love it! And I just made this recipe for my lunch today and it is fantastic. I didn’t have any minced onion, so I diced up some red onion and it was still great. Thanks again for helping us all get healthier on real food :-)

  4. Has anyone tried this to make Tuna salad? I have been avoiding mayonnaise because even the organic ones seem to be made with canola. thanks

  5. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I made some for my lunch today to serve on rye crackers and it was delicious! I didn’t have any sour cream on hand so I went with plain greek yogourt and it turned out great. Also added some celery for crunch! For the above poster, Mandy, I put all of my recipes into My Fitness Pal app for the nutritional breakdown. 1/4 of this recipe (Made with plain greek yogourt instead of sour cream) has 134 cal, 2.5 g fat, 1.7 g carbs, 24.7 g protein. Hope that helps!

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! I need to learn how to use that app better… I look up individual items all the time, but have never created a recipe with it.

  6. I too NEED nutrional info, specifically carb counts on your recipes as my daughter is a type 1 diabetic and has to count/cover every carb that goes into her mouth.

    1. Wouldn’t you just add up the carbs you’re putting into the recipe then? You would need to look at the nutritional information of the ingredients you’re combining. Though I’d assume for this recipe…. Chicken, sour cream and minced onions… It’d be be 5 carbs tops.

      1. Yes, that is what I do with every single thing she eats. She is 17 years old and newly diagnosed and our worlds have been turned upside down. I use this website quite a bit and just wanted to request that info to make our lives a little easier if the nutrition info was readily available.

      2. Mandy, I’m really late with this information…I just learned of this site. Regarding your need for nutritional data for the recipes, a website called has a recipe converter app to it. You simply enter the recipe information and you can save the nutritional data at the same time. You can download this as an Apple app or use as a regular website. It’s great for lots of food management uses, including calorie counting. There may be others that provide similar information, but I’m just really familiar with Good luck.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Melissa. We typically can’t answer recipe questions in real time. I’ve never frozen this. Let us know if you did. :)

  7. Something a friend taught me is to substitute Plain Greek Yogurt for sour cream. It trays just like sour cream and typically has a lot more protein.

  8. I can’t believe how good this is…it’s so simple! And now I have a clean sour cream and onion dip for veggies too. Thank you, Lisa! We love all of your recipes in our house.

  9. I made this for lunch this week! I have the hardest time getting my one year old to eat meat, she’s not a fan, but she gobbled it up! She actually gave a dirty look when I helped my self to a bite. :)

  10. I’m going to try this since mayo/Miracle Whip (I know, crazy processed) are put due to an egg allergy and vegan mayo (again, processed) is out due to a soy allergy.

  11. I made this for lunch today, and wow!! So good! I had been missing chicken salad since I switched to real food, but making homemade mayo seemed like too much trouble because we never use it for anything other than chicken salad. This recipe totally fixed my craving and will become part of my regular rotation! I added crunchy green grapes and chopped walnuts to mine and it was perfect!! Thanks a million for sharing your awesome recipes with us! I adore your website!

  12. I don’t like mayo so I always have made my chicken salads and egg salads with sour cream instead. Add a little diced cooked bacon, celery, red onion and serve on toast as a sandwich. Yum!

  13. Can’t wait to try this tomorrow. It looks good! Do you have a simple tuna salad recipe? I’ve tried several and failed.

    1. Wild Pacific tuna, homemade or store bought minimally processed organic mayo, organic all seasons salt, local organic or homemade pickle relish. :-)

  14. I’ve made this recipe three times now, and I absolutely love it. I usually make it with chicken cooked in the pressure cooker. I can start wth frozen chicken and have this chicken salad made in less than 30 minutes. Love it! Thanks for the great sour cream idea.

  15. 5 stars
    I made this chicken salad last night and it was amazing! It tasted even better today after sitting in the fridge overnight. I definitely will keep this recipe on hand as we head into the warmer summer weather.

  16. How do you think that the sour cream replacement(over mayo)would work with adding grapes?

    I typically add a dash of mustard powder, honey, chopped celery, chopped onion, a dash of soy and diced grapes to my chick salad. We typically eat this on crescent rolls as a small sandwhich in summer.

  17. 5 stars
    Made this and LOVED it. I am really picky about chicken salad, but thought this was yummy. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t like sour cream so he wasn’t a huge fan. Oh well!

  18. I just made this for dinner tonight and it was SO GOOD! I don’t like tuna so this is a good substitute for me. I doubled the recipe except for the chicken and added chopped up celery. I highly recommend it! I put mine on a sandwich. Thank you for the recipe!

  19. 4 stars
    Super excited to report it’s delicious with tuna in place of the chicken! I always have canned tuna on hand, so this is perfect for a last minute packed lunch for work. I subbed full fat plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream, and ate it on Triscuit thin crisps. Delish!

  20. This was totally delicious! I had this on a wrap with tomatoes and avocado for lunch AND dinner yesterday, it was so good! Loved the flavor.

  21. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I miss eating tuna salad, as I am pregnant right now but this was absolutely tasty! My husband said this recipe is definitely a keeper!