Making a chicken salad for lunches and need to know how long it lasts?
You’re in the right place. In this short post, I briefly share how long chicken salad will stay good in the fridge, along with helpful tips to keep it fresh and ready to eat.
How Many Days Does Chicken Salad Last
According to the FDA, cooked chicken will last up to 4 days refrigerated in an airtight container.
And thankfully, that’s plenty of time to work with because this southern chicken salad recipe is so good, it will be used up long before then.
Storing Chicken Salad in the Fridge
Chicken salad should be refrigerated at 35 to 40F in an airtight container, lidded jar, or zip bag for up to 4 days. Be sure not to keep it out at room temperature past 2 hours.
If you are packing chicken salad for lunch, make sure to include a freezer pack in the lunch bag.
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Can You Freeze Chicken Salad?
Freezing prepared chicken salad is not recommended, since common ingredients such as mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, chopped celery, and hard-boiled eggs don’t thaw well.
If you want to prep ahead, you can cook, shred, and freeze the chicken but hold the dressing and additional ingredients until after it’s thawed. This way, your salad has a perfect texture and taste.
How to Tell if Chicken Salad is Bad
Usually, an unpleasant smell will be the first signal that your chicken salad is past its prime. You can also look for odd colorings such as dark grey, or worst-case scenario, mold.
In the possibility that you do take a bite of expired chicken salad, the taste will be a dead giveaway, but I hope that never happens to you.
Recipes You Can Use
If chicken salad is a favorite lunch item in your household, you might find these other recipes just as delicious and highly requested. You can whip them up to make sandwiches, wraps, serve over a bed of lettuce, or with crackers. I’ll let you decide.