Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

My husband loves chicken salad. I mean looooovvveeeessss chicken salad. From the poppy seed chicken salad that makes a regular appearance to a grilled chicken salad, he loves it all. And since I llllooooovvvveeee him, I make it for him as much as possible.

This chickens salad recipe makes a delicious, quick meal. Made with chicken, grapes, and roasted nuts, it is always a favorite!

But one of his favorite versions involves fruit and tons of chicken. I’m always playing around with different versions of a chicken salad with fruit for him and realized that you might like this recipe, too.

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Full of tender chicken, fresh sliced red grapes, celery, roasted pecans, and dried cherries, I’m not sure what wouldn’t be right with this recipe.

If the fact that there was none left over was any indication, my sweet husband didn’t think there was anything wrong with it either.

This makes a great salad for lunch, a light supper, and takes hardly any time to mix all together.

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Here’s my recipe for Chicken Salad with Grapes that I think you’ll love.

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Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe
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This chickens salad recipe makes a delicious, quick meal. Made with chicken, grapes, and roasted nuts, it is always a favorite!
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 pound boiled chicken, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup roasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • celery leaves, chopped (optional)
  1. Add chopped chicken to a large bowl along with celery, grapes, dried cherries, chopped pecans, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. If using chopped celery leaves, add these as well. Stir together until just combined.

Robyn xo


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    • 2

      Kelly says

      I like to add apple, frozen peas, edemame and green onion to mine. I also sub most of the mayo with plain yogurt to cut the fat. Making this this weekend. It’s been a while.

    • 3

      Joanne Devers says

      I add chopped apple and use 1/2 sour cream & 1/2 Mayo for the dressing Also, if you don’t have time to cook, cool & chop a chicken — use canned chicken breast (drained).

      • 5

        Janice Fredde says

        Where do you buy dried cherries, and what are craisins ? My questions is to L. Carson. I have never hard of dried cherries before. The salad sounds wonderful.

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    Susan H. says

    I make mine almost like this except mix in some sour cream with the mayonnaise. I’m with your hubby…love chicken salad too.

      • 10

        Kathie says

        I use frozen chicken breasts and boil them. Boil more than you need for the salad. The resulting broth (and extra chicken) makes great chicken-rice or chicken-noodle or chicken-vegetable soup!

  2. 12

    Nancy says

    BOILED chicken???? Please, no! Cooked just until done, yes. Boiling just makes chicken tough and tired and takes the flavor out of it.
    One of my favorite ways of cooking chicken is to simmer it gently in chicken broth with whatever herbs I want until it is just done. Or even to bring it to a simmer, then let it sit, covered, for maybe 20 minutes. Tender and tasty, then.

    • 13


      LOL! We actually like boiled chicken, but if you don’t you can cook it however you prefer. Roasted chicken would work well in this chicken salad as well.

      • 14

        Georgia Jones says

        Hi Robyn, we like boiled chicken also! Mine is never tough. If one lets it boil too long maybe then it would be tough, old, and certainly tired! :)

      • 16

        Cheryl Arnett says

        I love chicken salad. I’ve been buying the chicken salad from WalMart,but now I have several versions of it and won’t need to buy it anymore. I don’t put it on bread or anything else. I eat it the way it is. I will probably make wraps with it, too.

    • 17

      Sarah Marie says

      The more technical term is “poaching”, which sounds much more appetizing than boiled. Either way, it’s yummy and how most chicken salad recipes are prepared!

      • 18

        Betty Shellenbarger says

        Exactly! Poached chicken is soft sweet, healthy; easy to add flavors’ did I day Healthy! Great easy eay to add delicious protein! Is anyone dumb enough to “boil” chicken until it becomes tough and tasteless?

        • 19

          Cassandra Woodhouse says

          That’s a bit harsh. Inexperienced cooks may overcook chicken until tough. The problem with beginning cooks, I think, is that we’ve all heard that meat gets more tender and retains moisture. It’s not particularly intuitive that chicken doesn’t work that way. Another reason for dry chicken is the use of boneless, skinless chicken breasts – much more likely to dry out than bone-in, skin on.

          I’m usually a good cook, but I recently ruined a batch of chicken because I lost track of time, not because I’m “dumb.” Teach our less experienced sisters; don’t ridicule.

          • 20

            kathy says

            I agree with you Cassandra Woodhouse, no need making such an unkind statement. We say ” boil” your chicken down here in the South. :)

      • 22

        Janet says

        I buy the roasted chicken from Costco simply because it is cheaper than me buying and cooking the chicken. But BC (Before Costco) I boiled chicken all the time and it was neither tough nor tasteless.

      • 23

        Brenda says

        Even better than canned chicken from SAMS is one of their roasted chickens! I just made it two days ago and one roasted chicken for less than $5, made a large bowl of salad. Made about 12 sandwiches.
        I didn’t have grapes, so I used dried cranberries. It was better the second day after they softened up a little.

      • 24

        sheryl says

        You could do that, but the inexpensive way is to buy a family pack of breasts, drop them all in the crockpot, drop in some salt and pepper, and add 1/4 cup of water or broth. Cover for 3 hours and it will be ready to chunk up for this recipe or shred, add bbq sauce, and have pulled chicken sandwiches. Much cheaper!

      • 26

        Connie Byrd says

        I use Sam’s chicken most of the time. It is so good. I also add pineapple along with everything else….so good

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    I really like chicken salad with fruit in it. It tastes so great on a warm croissant. I use rotisserie chicken when I am in a hurry which makes it easier. Looks delicious!

  4. 34

    Misty Lynn says

    I loooooove chicken salad too. I like it with grapes or pineapple or green apples. I like it with mayo or greek yogurt with a little white wine vingar. I’ll try this recipe too as I like to change it up…Thanks!

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    Cassondra says

    I have seen this done with sliced almonds instead of pecans and added some dill in there. It was fantastic. But also want to point out that the recipe does not show how much celery stalk to use. Just Celery leaves. Thanks.

  6. 39

    Liz says

    Thank you for the delicious recipe, Robyn! It was fabulous. I made a couple of personal preference changes, 1/4 tsp salt instead of 1/2, 3/4 cup mayo instead of 1 cup, 1/4 tsp. celery salt, 1/4 tsp. celery seed. This is going in my “favorite recipes” book.

  7. 40

    Liz says

    P.S. I used a rotisserie chicken and for those who are not going by weight, it takes 4 cups of chopped chicken.

  8. 41

    Melissa P says

    Thank you for this recipe!!!!!!! I LOOOVE chicken salad!! I left out the cherries, and instead of mayonnaise, I put some veganaise! If you have never had veganaise, it is similar to Miracle whip where it has a better flavor (to me anyway), a bit of a “tang” for lack of a better word. :).

  9. 42

    Shirley says

    My daug in law pressure cooks her chicken for chicken and noodles and it is very tender. Boiling does make chicken somewhat tough. I have microwaved my chick breast in my tupperware microwave cooking bowl from years ago and it makes it quick and tender. Thank you for all the good ideas for this salad.

  10. 43

    Jennifer Hensley says

    This is almost identical to how I make my chicken salad! I use almonds instead of pecans though. Now I’m craving it, so off to cook!
    Thanks for all of your great recipes!

  11. 44

    Andrea says

    Hello Robyn.

    I know that you can eat this by itself, but do you serve anything on the side such as chips, bread, or crackers to go with your chicken salad and grape recipe? I can’t wait to try this:)

  12. 45

    Craig says

    Great recipe! I make one very like it and thought you might like to try a different type of dressing. I use a combination of one part mayonnaise, one part low-fat sour cream, and one part no-fat Greek yogurt. I also add fresh dill, celery seed, and lemon zest.

    Great website, by the way. Far and away the best photos anywhere.


  13. 46

    Natasha says

    So yummy!! I didn’t add the cherries but I was craving chicken salad and instead of going to the deli to buy dome for like 6$ a lb I had the ingredients and it came out great! So good thanks!

  14. 47

    kathy Heitzmn says

    awesome site, great recipes.Love the chicken salad with grapes or pineapple tidbits, or crushed,
    could be used,

  15. 48

    Kim Honeycutt says

    Hi Robyn! I’m with your husband on this one, I also LOVE chicken salad!! This sounds so delicious. Thanks!! You know I’m pinning it!

  16. 49

    Lilianne says

    I use chicken, celery, onion, dried cranberries, roasted cashews, red grapes and mild CURRY POWDER (and, of course, mayo) The addition of curry powder and serving the salad over AVOCADO halves makes the salad even more delicious and healthy.

  17. 51

    Suzanne says

    I used to hate all “salads” because of the mayo. When I became an adult and started experimenting, I found that for those of us with a distaste for mayo or any of the egg based spreads, subbing three parts sour cream and one part unsweetened whipping cream (whipped), is a wonderful substitute. In a pinch, I use just sour cream, and it’s fine, too. Just so glad that now I can enjoy all these yummy salads… thanks for the reminder, Robyn.

  18. 52

    Jamie says

    This is similar to my favorite chicken salad recipe. I use Miracle Whip, but just enough to moisten, & I use craisins instead of dried cherries. I use lemon pepper seasoning and a tiny bit of finely diced onion (maybe 1-1 1/2 Tbsp.) I’ll have to try dried cherries next time. I always use rotisserie or I poach my chicken. Delicious! I love your website & gorgeous pictures Robyn!

  19. 55

    Wendi Martin says

    I love this salad especially with the grapes and dried cherries. Instead of boiling or canned chicken I cut the chicken up and saute’e the chicken in with 3 tbl butter (real, no margarine) 2 tbl white cooking wine and one of the containers of the Knorr Chicken Homestyle Stock. It adds a couple extra steps, but you won’t believe how much extra flavor it adds and really makes the salad unbelievably yummy….

  20. 56

    nicole thompson says

    I cant wait to make this. I have had canned chicken chunk in my pantry for a couple months and just stare at it….what to do? This is the solution, thanks. Hey, I am sorry some people were rude to you saying things like yuck. boiled. How rude, when all you are trying to do is help families out wuyh a recipe. Shame on the critical people.

  21. 59


    Chicken salad of any kind lovers here as well. Mine is quite the same except I either mix greek yogurt or sour cream in with the mayo. Two thirds mayo and one third yogurt or sour cream.

  22. 60

    Joan Taylor says

    I’ve made mine like this for years, except I leave the grapes whole and I use the breast of a rotisserie chicken. Also, we prefer chopped walnuts instead of pecans. A little sweet pickle relish, drained, is also good in it. We can’t seem to keep it very long in the fridge…it just disappears. I like to just eat it with a fork or in a sandwich. Another thing…keep some boiled eggs in the fridge and when you have it, slice up an egg and mix it in…it’s”delish”! Thanks for the great recipes!

  23. 62

    Danny says

    I like to use whole smoked chicken and tasted almond slices. The other ingredients are like what I use. Our 5 daughter in laws and my wife love they way I make it.

  24. 63

    Arletta says

    I use strawberry poppy seen dressing instead of the mayo. Of course, I add the other listed ingredients. This chicken salad is awesome.

  25. 64

    Tina Bowens says

    Found this on Pinterest and I just have to say it is amazing I added some bowtie pasta to it and made it a meal now I get requests to make it for people so thank you!!

  26. 66

    Kathy Richardson says

    I love chicken salad but HATE celery. The smell, taste everything about it. I also like to cook my chicken in my Cuisinart Pressure Cooker. Quick and easy too.

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    Sounds delish, I make mine like this also, so nice on a hot day, refreshing and not heavy. I have recently started using an electric pressure cooker. Love it! Cooks the chicken very quickly. I don’t understand why people have to be so rude about recipes, Recipes are for sharing, if your family prefers it a little different, then change it to suit your family. Simple. Be nice.

  28. 69

    Mary Battles says

    This receipe is so verastile. As stated by others, pineapple is good in this. I also add a teaspoon of curry powder, gives it a different flavor I have used the roasted chicken, but did not like the taste of the roasted chicken Sorry, but I boil mine.

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    I make my chicken salad with a rotiserre chicken, 1 cup of chopped celery, 1 1/2 cups green grapes (halved). wet salad with Ranch Dressing (I use Hidden Valley). Have served this numerous times at showers and other women events in addition to my Husband who loves it.

  30. 71

    Bobbi Snider says

    i use SAMs chicken and for the dressing I use 1cup Hellmans to 2 cups cool whip light I get lots do compliments on the dressing…

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    For chicken salad, I like to cook my chicken breasts in a crock pot on low for 5 hours. I add 2 cups of water before cooking to make the chicken more tender. I also season the breasts with salt & pepper prior to cooking.
    For the dressing, I use Kraft mayonnaise mixed with honey mustard dressing. I usually add 3 to 4 tablespoons of honey mustard, depending on the number of chicken breast I use. Also, I used churn canned sweet pickles, along with red grapes & pecans.
    The honey mustard gives it a wonderful sweet taste. Everyone that has eaten my chicken salad begs me to make it for them.

  32. 74

    ERIC says

    if you are in a real hurry you can use the bags of precooked fajita chicken and dice it a little more. I then use 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 mayo.

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    Yvonne says

    I use 1/2 cup of plain low fat Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup light mayonnaise. More protein while cutting down on the calories! My husband loves it and he doesn’t like yogurt. Very tasty especially when it marinates in the mixture overnight, everything just blends and taste great. My teen daughter loves it as well. We buy the tomato basil or spinach wraps and use about 1/4 of a cup per wrap. Very tasty!!

  34. 77

    Chelsea Mills says

    Can someone tell me how much this recipe makes? I see 4-6 servings on the original recipe, but how large are those servings? Or how much does it make total?

  35. 78

    Leslie says

    I have a caterer friend who told me their trade secret. They boil the chicken breast in Apple juice instead of water and of course add diced apples to the salad. It makes all the difference! So yummy!!


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