Chicken Salad Recipe – Shelf Stable

Last Updated on February 11, 2022 by Ellen Christian

This chicken salad recipe is the perfect emergency preparedness recipe. Have you ever had to prepare a meal for your family with no power or only shelf stable ingredients? If you have, you know it can be a challenge.

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Emergency Preparedness Recipe

Being prepared for emergencies means having food on hand you can cook with no power and no refrigeration.   You don’t want to be stuck eating peanut butter and jelly for days when you lose power in a storm. So, this emergency preparedness recipe is an easy option.

dehydrated celery onion

So, what types of foods should you keep on hand in case you lose power? You want to be sure that you have a variety of dehydrated and canned foods that are pre-cooked. Yes, if it’s nice outside you can go out and fire up the grill or the solar oven. But, what if it’s not?

Chicken Salad Recipe - Emergency Preparedness Recipe


Pasta, rice, and potatoes all need to be cooked. So, it’s better to keep crackers and bread on hand for carbohydrates. You can eat it right out of the bag and it will help bulk up your meals.

Chicken Salad Recipe - Emergency Preparedness Recipe

Fruits and vegetables

If you have fresh fruits and vegetables, eat them before they go bad. After that, canned works well. Cold canned carrots may not taste great, but they are edible and filling. If you have a garden, make sure you keep up with eating the produce as it’s ripe. Dried vegetables are compact and easy to store as well.

Chicken Salad Recipe - Emergency Preparedness Recipe


Dairy is a challenge with no refrigeration. You can keep powdered milk on hand. And, there are a few processed cheese foods that will work if you must have cheese.  There are also a number of dairy and non-dairy shelf stable kinds of milk available.

Chicken Salad Recipe - Emergency Preparedness Recipe


When we lose power, our well pump doesn’t work. So, we always make sure to keep a few gallons of bottled water on hand just in case. It’s the only time we use bottled water. You should also be sure you have enough on hand for your pets to drink.

dehydrated chicke

This chicken salad recipe is perfect for emergency preparedness because it uses no refrigerated products. I put together this chicken salad recipe using Thrive Foods dehydrated foods.

chicken salad recipe

If you keep a small jar of mayonnaise or some leftover packets of mayonnaise on hand, you can make this any time you like.  Check out this emergency preparedness food storage list for more ideas.

Next, why not try my New England clam chowder from shelf-stable foods.

Chicken salad emergency preparedness recipe

chicken salad recipe

Chicken salad recipe - emergency preparedness recipe

Yield: 3

Chicken Salad Recipe - Emergency Preparedness Style

Chicken salad recipe - emergency preparedness recipe

This chicken salad recipe is the perfect emergency preparedness recipe and can be made with only shelf stable foods.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 pkg Thrive premium freeze dried cooked white meat, chopped chicken
  • 1/4 cup Thrive premium freeze dried celery/onion
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  1. Re-hydrate chicken and celery & onion according to package directions.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Serve with baby spinach greens on sandwich bread.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 18g

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6 thoughts on “Chicken Salad Recipe – Shelf Stable”

  1. I've never tried Thrive before, but that sandwich looks appetizing! What a great idea, as constant PBJs would be tiresome! Great post.
  2. Thanks for a good on hand recipe! I've never tried this company but would be able to do it with other 'names' of on hand foods I have here. I'm a prepper myself, and live in the South....where we often lose power due to weather! Either way, it's a great idea! Thanks for the post!
  3. I have never used dehydrated food. It looks a lil different but once all put together it doesn't look too bad. Plius I have never added fruit to my chicken salad. So how did it taste?

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