There is no one “best” chicken salad recipe. I’ve tried several dozen over the years, and I use about five of them as a staple go to recipe when I need chicken salad.
This is one of those staple Chinese food dishes I cook. It’s filling, appetizing, and pairs well with most other Chinese dishes I throw together. The beauty of it is, I can cook this dish whilst working on two or three other dishes simultaneously.
This is one of those recipes where the time is in the prep work you do, not in the cooking.
Having everything prepared and ready to go is the key success for this recipe because there isn’t enough time between steps to prep.