Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

Basil chicken salad

It is no secret that I am a giant lover of tomatoes and what better goes with tomatoes than basil, except of course when you add in the Southern staple chicken salad.  I was recently eating lunch at Newk’s and they had samples of pesto chicken salad and I just kept thinking how delicious that would be with fresh tomatoes.  Since my basil seems to be running the show in the garden right now, I had plenty of it to experiment with while still having enough for my caprese salad that I eat nearly every day this time of year.

The result of this little experiment was total success.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  Happy Summer to all!

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

This is a perfect summer chicken salad to serve with ripe tomatoes from the garden.


  • 1 medium rotisserie chicken (meat cut off and diced or shredded)
  • 1/4 cup cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon zested lemon peel
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons deli mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped sweet yellow onion


  1. In a medium bowl, combine chopped chicken and basil.
  2. In another bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard, salt, pepper and onion. Add to chicken and basil. Chill for 2-3 hours. Serve with sliced tomatoes or as a sandwich.


Adapted from Food.com


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