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Cran-Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

I tried Chicken Salad for the first time a couple years ago at a baby shower. So good. Since then I’ve been on the search for an awesome chicken salad recipe. Everyone I asked had the same reply, “I just throw whatever in it.” Ugh. I needed specifics. Maybe this is why I love baking more than cooking. Anyways. Thanks to Pinterest, of course, I have found it! Also thanks to my Mama for pinning it and making it for me to try. She is a Pinterest Queen! We had leftover roasted chicken from last night, so hubs and I made this today and it was perfect. The babies don’t care much for the dressing so we set aside some of the chicken and fruit along with crackers and they are lovin it! I shared our quick altered version of the original below. Here is the pinterest worthy chicken salad picture and recipe that inspired mine by

Cran-Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded (about 2 chicken breasts) Roasted chicken tastes best but we sometimes use Costco’s canned chicken in a pinch!

1.5 tbsp onion, minced (roughly 1 shallot onion or 1/2 small sweet onion)

1/3 cup apple, diced (about 1/2 an apple)

1/3 cup grapes, halved (about a handful)

3/4 cup of cherry cranberry and pecan salad topping (3.4 oz bag) or 1/2 cup dried chopped cranberries + 1/4 cup of chopped pecans

1/2 cup Mayonaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar*

1/2 tablespoon rosemary, minced

Salt and Pepper to taste

*you can use another tbsp of vinegar for flavor but we find it separates in fridge the next day if you have leftovers.


1. In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, shallots, apples, grapes, cranberries and pecans.

2. In a small bowl, mix together mayo, apple cider vinegar, and rosemary.

3. Toss salad with dressing until well combined.

4. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Chill for at least an hour.

6. Spread on sandwich bread or eat with crackers.

We love this on Hawaiian sweet sandwich bread or whole wheat tortillas or crackers. I’m sure there’s a yummy gluten free cracker that would go great with this too!

Delish! And you really can throw anything in it. HA! These were perfect for our kids Peter Rabbit party!


(first posted 7-28-2012)

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