BLT Chicken Salad – Copycat Recipe!

BLT Chicken Salad – Copycat Recipe!

chicken salad

So you know how you go somewhere, grab a quick bite to eat and it’s just sustenance? Like it’s not really the food that gets you all excited, it’s just something to get you through the day? That’s basically what I’d had for a lunch a couple months ago and after work, when I got to my second office my local Starbucks (Douglas & Maple, whaddup!), I needed something else to tide me over before I went home and had dinner. I’d just recently come around to the idea of chicken salad after realizing my grandma would make it for me as an occasional after school snack. When I envisioned chicken salad, I always thought of something that looked like a beige goopy¬†blob of mushy chicken with too much mayonnaise and weird things like grapes.

I was wrong, you guys.

I was so, so wrong.

I put my stuff down in my regular spot at Starbucks and went to order a drink and get a snack to make the memories of my boring lunch disappear. I looked at all the options when one of my favorite baristas suggested the BLT Chicken Salad Sandwich. I had a whole bunch of “ehhhhhh” when she did but she insisted that it was great and wasn’t goopy or weird. I’m so happy I listened! I know there’s a bunch of work that goes into their recipe development and making sure that pre-made sandwiches keep well without getting soggy and weird. This sandwich saved my day! From the second I finished the last bite, I knew I had to make it and share my version with you guys.

Before I get to this BLT chicken salad goodness, I wanted to explain how much I love the baristas that know me as a regular, who call me a friend and who help me come up with ideas of blog posts, recipes and random life adventures. Most of all, they make me laugh a ton and I’m so grateful to have met them. Becoming a regular at a coffee shop or a restaurant has always been a goal of mine. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching Cheers, maybe not; but I’ve always wanted to walk in and have someone know my order and genuinely care about how I’m doing.

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I was fired, or terminated as the unemployment office put it, in January of 2013. I needed to get out of the house on a daily basis so I didn’t go crazy, but I also needed to be able to apply for jobs. This new Starbucks had just opened up on the quiet side of the town I worked in and it was a place I wouldn’t know anyone or have to explain myself. I started going there a lot. Probably 4 or 5 days out of the week, a lot. I’d job hunt, work on my resume, look for random things to cook online, Facebook, and slowly but surely, the staff started to remember my name, what I would order, and they asked about my day. Over the last three years, the staff has changed some, but the ambiance and care this location delivers on a daily basis has not. I like going there, not just because I can get coffee or snacks, or retain my Gold Card status, but I like saying “hi” to the other regulars, talking about their jobs and kids and random things that happened that week.

Now that I’m working full time, I don’t go in as often as before, but no matter when I do, I feel as if I walked into a room of friends. I get frustrated when people are rude to food service workers because of this. Tip your servers, your baristas, your ice cream scoopers and make sure that you’re as good to them as you’d want someone to be toward you. The “Golden Rule,” right? You’ll make more days better than you think, I promise.

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Okay, okay I’ll get off my soapbox and talk about this fabulous chicken salad again. When you make this, take the time to mix everything so slowly so you don’t cause the different ingredients to fall apart. You won’t hate me for the extra minute it takes, promise. Oooh, and if you’re making sandwiches, toast only one side of the bread and make sure the toasted side faces in. You get the best of both worlds this way, you get a toasted sandwich without the roof of your mouth being scraped off! I know, right? Best ever.

Copycat BLT Chicken Salad

Yields: 4 sandwiches, 8 lettuce wraps

  • 2 chicken breasts (boiled, grilled, just cooked, basically), chopped small
  • 1 16 oz container of small grape tomatoes
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked til crispy
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or run through a garlic press
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 4-8 large leaves of leafy lettuce, don't use anything too rigid
  • 8 pieces of bread
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. While the oven up preheating, wash and quarter your tomatoes, removing as much of the seeds as possible.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the tomato mixture out on a foiled cookie sheet that you sprayed with non-stick spray and bake them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, depending on how much liquid is in the tomatoes
  5. Cook your bacon, either on the stove while the tomatoes are cooking or in the oven after they're done.
  6. Once the bacon and tomatoes have cooled, crumble the bacon and chop the tomatoes a bit.
  7. In a large bowl, mix chopped chicken, bacon crumbles, tomatoes, mayonnaise, lemon pepper, and lemon juice until everything starts to combine.
  8. If you're making sandwiches with bread, toast the bread, add a bit of mustard and a slice of lettuce. Scoop about a fourth of the chicken salad onto the sandwich and spread evenly across the bread. If you're making lettuce wraps, scoop the same amount of the chicken salad onto 2 different large lettuce leaves.
  9. Enjoy!
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

I’m taking this for lunch today, so make sure to check out my Instagram post about it too! Have a great weekend!

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