Make this Caramelized Onion Chicken Salad for lunch, dinner or even brunch!

Caramelized Onion Chicken Salad

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

This delicious, easy chicken salad recipe is perfect for lunches or a light dinner!



  • 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken (about the amount from a rotisserie chicken if you’re using one)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 to 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the caramelized onions

  • 3 cups diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Start by making the caramelized onions. Add the oil and butter to a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions, salt, pepper and thyme then stir and cook for 20 minutes until browned. Stir often so the onions don’t burn.
  2. Remove the onions from the skillet to let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, add the chicken, celery, scallions, sunflower seeds, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, cumin, garlic powder and pepper.
  4. Stir to combine, then stir in the cooled caramelized onions.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until ready.
  6. Stir again before serving.

Recipe Notes

I like to start out with 3/4 cup of mayonnaise and work my way up to a cup if I think the chicken salad needs it.

Also, if you want to sunflower seeds to stay crunchy, stir them in at the last minute before serving.

  • Category: Dinner/Lunch
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American

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