Spring Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Lentils and Spicy Honey Mayo

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It’s an addiction I think. When it comes to chicken salad, I just can’t stop. When spring rolls around, all I want is ice cream, strawberries and homemade chicken salad. Who am I kidding…I could eat ice cream with it being -20 degrees F out and be perfectly content, but I think you understand. These spring chicken salad sandwiches with lentils and spicy honey mayo is the most recent twist on a classic to make it into the old recipe vault. Perfect for a picnic, quick lunch or late afternoon snack this sandwich is pretty to look at, has the perfect amount of texture and is loaded with an insane amount of flavor.

Spring Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Lentils and Spicy Honey Mayo are a fun twist on your traditional chicken salad sandwich and are perfect for lunch or dinner! | www.cookingandbeer.com

It’s no wonder I am obsessed with anything that involves chicken salad. I mean you can find a recipe here

and here

…and here

oh … and here too …

It has been quite some time since I’ve posted a chicken salad recipe, so here we are and I may just bombard you with chicken salad recipes for the rest of the spring/summer. Chicken salad is the perfect blank slate to create something magical, and it goes above and beyond chicken breast, grapes, celery and a mayo dressing. It can be oh so much more than that! This spring chicken salad sandwich recipe is one of my favorite and combines some of my favorite flavors.

Diced chicken breast is tossed with fresh peas, fully-cooked green lentils, celery, green onions and roasted cashews for some texture. It all gets folded together in an addicting spicy honey mayo dressing that I literally could slurp up with a spoon. It’s a great salad to serve on top of a bed of arugula or soft sandwich rolls.

Pair these scrumptious spring chicken salad sandwiches with a crisp pale ale and have a wonderful Monday everyone! xo

Spring Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Lentils and Spicy Honey Mayo are a fun twist on your traditional chicken salad sandwich and are perfect for lunch or dinner! | www.cookingandbeer.com


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Spring Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Lentils and Spicy Honey Mayo are a fun twist on your traditional chicken salad sandwich and are perfect for lunch or dinner! | www.cookingandbeer.com

Spring Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Lentils and Spicy Honey Mayo
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Yield
6-8

Cook time reflects time to cook chicken and lentils.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (I used Huy Fong)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound fully-cooked boneless and skinless chicken breast, diced small or shredded
  • 1 celery stalk, diced small
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1 cup green lentils, cooked per manufacturer's instructions
  • 3/4 cup roasted and chopped cashews
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 4 ounces goat's cheese
  • sandwich rolls, lettuce wraps or wraps

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, chili garlic sauce, honey, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste and add chili garlic sauce, honey or more mayo where desired.
  • To the bowl with the dressing, add the chicken, celery, peas, lentils, cashews and green onions. Fold the ingredients together until combined. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Assemble your chicken salad sandwiches on top of beds of lettuce, sandwich rolls, wraps or lettuce wraps. Top with fresh baby arugula and goat's cheese.
  • The chicken salad with store for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Spring Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Lentils and Spicy Honey Mayo are a fun twist on your traditional chicken salad sandwich and are perfect for lunch or dinner! | www.cookingandbeer.com

 

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  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    This looks like such an incredible combination, and I’m not even an avid chicken salad lover like yourself! But yes, ice cream at ALL times. Even today when it’s snowing! (WHAT?!)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Oh no! Not more snow!? Thanks so much girl!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    Chicken salad is definitely perfect for spring! I love the looks of this, Justine! Such a good idea to add in some lentils, too. Sounds delicious!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thanks girlfriend.

  • Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I would never have thought to put lentils in chicken salad, but that looks amazing Justine! Love the sound of that spicy honey mayo!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Stacey!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    I love chicken salad too, and this is such a great twist! Especially that spicy honey mayo! Pinned. :)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you Marcie! xo

  • Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Loveeee chicken salad! I’m with ya, if I’m going the sandwich route, I always go for a chicken salad sandwich! Yum!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Nicole! ;)

  • http://www.whiskandshout.com Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    These sandwiches look so fresh and delicious! Love your photography :)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Medha!

  • http://lifemadesweeter.com/ Kelly @ Life made Sweeter

    Loving all your chicken salad variations especially this spring one! The green veggies and lentils look so refreshing and delicious! I could just eat the dressing by the spoonful too, ti sounds delicious!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thanks so much pretty lady!

  • http://www.mykitchencraze.com/ Cyndi – My Kitchen Craze

    I love chicken salads too!! They are easy and so many choices. Yum! I am craving that sandwich right now and it’s bed time. Hehe. Pinned! ;)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Haha! Thanks for the pin, Cyndi!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I love trying new recipes for chicken salad! It is the perfect lunch and I love the addition of the green lentils!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thanks Ashley!

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    Chicken salad is a favorite around here. It’s light and perfect for warmer weather. Love everything about this sandwich!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you, Jen!

  • Lily Lau

    This looks so tasty and so healthy! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us :)

    Lazy Penguins

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you Lily!

  • http://lslfun.blogspot.com Mira L

    Love chicken salad! These sandwiches look so fresh! Love how you added lentils, too :)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Mira!

  • CakePants

    I adore fancy chicken salads like this! I’ve never had peas or lentils in chicken salad before, and now I can’t wait to give it a try!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      You have to do it! Thank you so much!