Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I’ve been making this recipe for Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwiches ever since my sister brought it to a bridal shower (I can’t say how long ago it was without feeling old, and I can’t say “a number of years ago” without sounding old, so we’ll just say “awhile back.”)

Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwiches from Our Best Bites

One thing I love about it is that it’s flexible and can be adjusted to whatever you have on hand–fresh pineapple on sale? Use it! Mangoes sound like a pain? Pop open a can of mandarin oranges! Have some leftover sunflower seeds from that time your kids basically held you hostage at the grocery store unless you bought some and then they promptly forgot about them? Bam. It’s great for hot summer nights, showers or luncheons, or locking yourself in a closet and eating it by yourself because your kids are doing this (this was from a few years ago, but it’s still 100% applicable today):

Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwiches from Our Best Bites

You can grill your own Teriyaki chicken (try whipping up a batch of this Teriyaki Sauce–you can use it in this recipe, too!) or buy some pre-grilled chicken at the store. Usually I’m 100% for using rotisserie chicken in chicken salad, but this recipe tastes so much better when you used grilled chicken. Toss it together with some diced celery and green onions, a little mixture of mayonnaise and Teriyaki sauce  (you need something a little thicker like Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste and Glaze or our homemade sauce), cubed mango (click here for an awesome tutorial on how to manage that pesky fruit!)!, diced pineapple (fresh is awesome, but canned works well, too), and sliced almonds or shelled sunflower seeds. Then just serve it on sliced croissants with a leaf of lettuce!

Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwiches

  • Author: kate jones


This cool and refreshing twist on chicken salad sandwiches is perfect for showers, luncheons, and hot summer nights!



2 chicken breasts
Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste and Glaze
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1/3 cup sliced green onions, chopped
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 mango, cut into small cubes (or 1 small can of Mandarin oranges, drained)
1 small can pineapple tidbits OR roughly-chopped chunks
1/3-1/2 c. light mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
Lettuce leaves


Marinate chicken for at least 4 hours. Grill for about 7 minutes per side. While chicken is grilling, combine celery and green onions in a small mixing bowl or a plastic storage container with a lid. When chicken is done, allow to stand for about 10 minutes and then cut into bite-sized pieces. Toss with celery and onions and then add mayonnaise and mix thoroughly. Start with 1/3 cup and go from there. Add 2-3 (or more) tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce to taste. The thickness of the Kikkoman Baste and Glaze (or the homemade recipe) is important because it helps keep the dressing from becoming too runny. You want to add some of the yummy Teriyaki flavor, but you also don’t want it to be overwhelming. Refrigerate for several hours.

Right before serving, add mango, pineapple, and nuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You may need to add more mayo and/or Teriyaki; if you need it, go for it! Serve on a lettuce leaf in a croissant or a pita (or by itself if you feel the urge!)


substitutes and variations

Chicken breasts: 2 pre-grilled chicken breasts or 8-12 ounces grilled chicken
Teriyaki Baste & Glaze=1 recipe of our Teriyaki Sauce
Sliced almonds=sunflower seeds
Mango=1 small can drained Mandarin oranges
Canned pineapple=1/2 cup chopped pineapple 


  1. That looks sooooo good. Can’t wait to try it! I’ve been drooling over the recipes this week until my husband reminded me I don’t actually like mango. But I think I do now.

  2. I love this salad! I especially love it with Mango.

    Katie, just try the mango! Or, you could make it with the oranges 🙂

  3. Mmm, this has been a favorite of mine ever since that time you made it for everyone in Provo. I had never had chicken salad with terriyaki and at the time I don’t think I even noticed that’s what was in it, but I LOVE this salad! I’ll have to try it with mango.

  4. I made this for Sunday lunch today. My family LICKED the bowl clean!!!!
    – My favorite chicken salad recipe TO DATE!!! Thanks Kate.

  5. We had this for dinner last night…SO good. We put it in pitas, which was good. Today for lunch, I had leftovers and just put it in lettuce to save a few calories. I think that I actually liked it better in the lettuce because it didn’t have any additional flavors to distract from the salad. This will go on my favorites list!! Thanks for the fab recipe!

  6. K…sorry…I know that I already left a comment about these, but seriously folks…these are amazing. I accidently thawed out chicken thighs instead of breasts, and let me tell you…ridiculous! This is seriously a brilliant recipe! Thanks!

  7. I hate mayo, so therefore I hate chicken salad. However, I LOVE this. And so does my family. In fact, we are serving it Saturday at Evan's 1st birthday party!!!

  8. Just curious…have you ever used costco canned chicken in this recipe or shredded chicken breats? If so, is it just as good?

    1. I probably wouldn’t, just because the whole grill factor here totally kicks this up a notch. And, by the way, you’ve TOTALLY reminded me about this recipe and now I want it! 🙂

  9. I have never left a comment here before but I think it is high time that I did since I stalk your blog pretty much daily. I have loved every recipe that I have tried from the two of you and was just wondering if you ever planned on heading south ever as in Arizona??? Me and one of my friends always talk about “if” you ever came down here… Anyways we love what you do and would love to meet you someday.

    1. I’m glad you are entering the world of comment-leaving! In terms of book signings, we go where they send us! We do have lots of fans in Arizona though- so maybe we’ll head down there!

  10. I found this one in the cookbook a couple of weeks ago and tried it out. It was a nice change from the traditional chicken salad.

  11. This is going on my list this week!! I just made my Lemon-Pepper Chicken Salad though, so hopefully my family doesn’t get chicken saladed out. LOL 🙂

  12. I hope your husband is doing alright and wishing him a quick recovery! My MIL had her gall bladder removed a few months ago, and she went on a 3 week vacation to Peru and the Galapagos a week later. So hopefully his recovery goes as well! I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m going to make it for my girlfriends in my monthly crafty get-together. Sounds perfect for that.

  13. Yummy!! I wish my hubby enjoyed fruit with meat, and mayo for that matter. For my next Bunco night, I am for sure going to try these!

  14. This looks really good…my husband generally does not like stuff like tuna salad, chicken salad etc. due to the mayo. I think I’ll try this sometime, though, and see how it goes over. Also, I hope your husband’s surgery went well. I had my gall bladder removed a few years ago. Recovery was not fun but I am soooooo much happier now that it is gone. It was causing a number of issues that I didn’t even realize were related, like a really bad back ache! Anyway, wishing him a speedy recovery.

  15. This looks really good. I make teriyaki chicken all the time and this is a great lunch for my leftovers. Great summer recipe for when it is too hot to cook to. BTW…awesome Cinco de Mayo recipes yesterday! Next year I am going to have a party and incorporate some of your recipes. DELISH!

  16. Oh dear. I have recently become obsessed with chicken salad and this one looks awesome! I would probably use the oranges though. I don’t have a grill (I know *gasp!*) thanks to the fact that our city will only allow small propane tanks on apartment balconies and we couldn’t find one so out the grill had to go. But I promise I will find a way to get some grilled teriyaki chicken. Seriously I’m drooling here.

  17. My husband had his gallbladder out too. As I recall it became work for me. I think it is cute that you are so optimistic about the desert being posted…lol

    1. Sindy–Ha! You’re so right about it being work for us! Don’t think I wasn’t a bit relieved when they said he’d be in the hospital for 4-5 days; someone else can deal with his man pain… 🙂

  18. Ann, I have used non-fat plain yogurt in many things replacing mayo. It is a bit wetter but does a good job for those who are cutting calories or don’t like mayo. Good luck!

    1. Greek yogurt doesn’t have the ‘wet’ factor and is soooo thick and creamy and very healthy when you get the nonfat kind. I use it to substitute mayo as well and I like it better than regular ‘American’ plain yogurt. Try it if you haven’t before!

  19. YUM. This sounds totally fab! 🙂 And I can’t wait to see what you’ve got cookin’ for Mother’s Day! ;)) Sorry about your hubby needing his gallstones/gallbladder taken out. 🙁 That sounds painful! Hopefully his recovery will be short! With all your good cookin’ I’m sure he’ll be feeling better in no time! 😉

  20. I was searching for a banana-caramel ice cream recipe and it led me to your website. I am always on the lookout for great recipe blog sites, and I love yours! There are lots of great recipes here that I can’t wait to try, starting with the ice cream. Thanks for the inspiration! – Anjanette

  21. I hope everything is ok with your husband! Worried about you guys since you didn’t come back and post again. Funny how I feel like I know you ladies. LOL!

  22. My husband who says he doesn’t like Teriyaki sauce, loved these and my kids (4 and 7) ate them right up too. Loved this recipe and also tried the strawberry limeade! Wonderful!!

  23. I made this on Saturday! It was so yummy! My picky eater even ate it…quickly too! Indidnt have time to marinate, I just used a rotisserie chicken and it was so good! Apparently I need lessons on how to cut up a mango though!

  24. Delicious and delightful! Loved them with the mango and homemade teriyaki sauce. And they were tasty even without time to refrigerate thoroughly – I popped it in the freezer while chopping the fruit and stirred frequently so it would cool evenly. Thanks for the treat!

  25. It was to die for! The hubby loved it and the kids (4y and 18 mo.) wouldn’t touch it, but I wasn’t expecting them to. More for us! I can’t wait for my leftovers for lunch today.

  26. I’m looking for a chicken salad recipe to go on my pretzel rolls for a baby shower. Do you think this would taste okay served that way?

  27. Saw this in your cookbook this week and just made it last night. Huge hit!! I had people asking for the recipe; I told them they needed to buy your book :). Thanks!

  28. Okay, I’m embarrassed I have to ask, but… what do you marinate the chicken in?! If it’s the Kikkoman sauce, how much?

  29. I just found this recipe and it looks perfect (and delicious) for a family reunion I’m going to. Just so I can estimate how much of everything I’m going to need, about how many sandwiches (say on croissants) would this make? A rough estimate- would be great. Thank you! and I LOVE your cookbook and so does my new husband! 🙂

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