Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

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This Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe makes a quick, delicious meal! It also has roasted nuts for the best chicken salad recipe and makes a great chicken salad sandwich too! Perfect for serving for lunch, supper, or entertaining too!

Looking for more delicious chicken recipes? You’ll love Chicken and DumplingsChicken Parmesan, and Chicken Fajitas, to name a few!

Closeup photograph of chicken salad made with grapes, raisins, celery and pecans in a blue bowl.

Chicken salad has to be one of the most perfect dishes for an easy meal at home or to take to a picnic or potluck. This recipe is absolutely full of amazing flavor, is simple to make, and is positively the best chicken salad I’ve ever eaten!

I think this chicken salad recipe is such a delicious one because the generous amount of chicken is combined with fruit and toasted pecans for a savory crunch and flavor that’s a hit every time! It’s a recipe that I turn to time and time again for family meals, picnics, and parties. And you have to try this for the best chicken salad sandwich ever!

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

Photograph of chicken with grapes in a blue bowl on a wooden background.

This makes a great salad for lunch and a light supper and takes hardly any time to mix all together. I love to keep a container of it in the refrigerator for super quick lunches. It’s great on its own, makes the best sandwich, and is delicious to fill wraps. I also love to make it to serve large gatherings of people at potlucks, picnics, or even tailgating! It is always a hit!

I think everyone enjoys this recipe because of the addition of fresh grapes. They add a burst of sweetness to the salad for the perfect blend of savory and sweet!

How to Make the Best Chicken Salad

You’ll need the following to make this delicious salad:

Ingredients

Chicken. You’ll need four cups of cooked chicken that you shred or chop, depending on the texture that you prefer. You can easily shred the chicken in your stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer if you want. Shredding with two forks also works great.

For the chicken, you can use baked chicken or roasted chicken that you cook ahead or make Instant Pot chicken. You can even use rotisserie chicken if you wish.

Celery. Chopped celery adds the perfect amount of crunch and freshness.

Grapes. Halved seedless grapes add a touch of sweetness. I love to use red seedless grapes as they add another bit of color to the salad.

Dried Cranberries. Sweet and yet a little tart, the dried cranberries are a delicious addition as well.

Roasted Pecans. Chopped roasted pecans are a great addition. Omit them if allergic to nuts or if you are serving at an event and do not know if there are nut allergies.

Mayonnaise or Greek Yogurt. You can use all mayo or all Greek Yogurt in your salad or even a little bit of each. Greek Yogurt will help to lighten up the recipe, but it is definitely a matter of preference.

Seasonings. Salt and pepper are the perfect seasonings for it.

Celery leaves. Chopped celery leaves add so much flavor, but if you don’t have them, omit them.

Step-by-Step Instructions

This is incredibly simple to make yet so scrumptious.

  • Add the chopped chicken and all of the other ingredients to a large bowl. If using chopped celery leaves, add these as well.
  • Stir together until just combined.
  • Serve in your favorite way, and enjoy!

How Long Does Chicken Salad Last?

Refrigerator – This recipe keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store in an airtight container. Refrigerate right after serving.

Left Out at Room Temperature – For food safety, I like to stick to what the FDA advises… “the two-hour rule,”….which applies since this recipe has chicken and mayonnaise; you should not leave this out at room temperature for any longer than two hours.

Left Out at Picnic or Potluck – If you are serving this at a summer event and the temperature is warmer, you should be extra careful to refrigerate as soon as possible. Again, I look to the FDA for their safety rule. If the outside temperature is above 90 degrees, the “two-hour rule” becomes ONE hour.

Chicken Salad on a croissant surrounded by red grapes.

Ways to Serve

  • Wrap. Stuff and slice in half for a simple wrap.
  • Croissant. Toast a croissant and then fill it with the chicken salad.
  • Bibb Lettuce. Make lettuce cups by washing and drying leaves of Bibb lettuce and placing them onto a plate. Then, fill with scoops of chicken salad and serve.

Tip – How Much Chicken Salad to Serve Per Person

If you are making for serving a large group for a party or event, you’ll want to increase the amount that you make. Here is the rule of thumb that I use for how much to prepare per person.

  • Sandwiches and wraps = 4 – 6 ounces per person
  • Lettuce cups = 4 – 6 ounces per person
  • Main dish = 8 ounces per person

More Chicken Salad Recipes We Love

To say that we enjoy chicken salad in our family is an understatement! My husband is especially a fan, and it’s always a hit around my house!

Photograph of chicken salad with grapes, celery and raisins in a blue bowl on a wooden background.

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

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

4.96 from 146 votes
Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe – This chicken salad recipe makes a delicious, quick meal. Made with chicken, grapes, and roasted nuts, it is always a favorite!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, or Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • celery leaves, chopped (optional)

Instructions 

  • Add chopped chicken to a large bowl along with celery, grapes, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. If using chopped celery leaves, add these as well.
  • Stir together until just combined. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Lighten Up!

To lighten up the recipe, you can use Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise. 
I used plain Greek Yogurt for the nutrition calculations. 

How Long Does Chicken Salad Last?

Refrigerator – This recipe keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store in an airtight container. Refrigerate right after serving.
Left Out at Room Temperature – For food safety, I like to stick to what the FDA advises… “the two-hour rule,”….which applies since this recipe has chicken and mayonnaise; you should not leave this out at room temperature for any longer than two hours.
Left Out at Picnic or Potluck – If you are serving this at a summer event and the temperature is warmer, you should be extra careful to refrigerate it as soon as possible. The FDA food safety rule notes if the outside temperature is above 90 degrees, the “two-hour rule” becomes ONE hour.

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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425 Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    5 stars
    I made this yesterday and it turned out really well. I prefer sweet chicken salad to “regular” and this was right up my alley. I added a bit more mayo, and a few tablespoons of sweet relish. It was so easy and delicious, and I definitely will make it again.

  2. Sandra Gregg says:

    Delicious chicken salad recipe! With grapes, celery, pecans!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Sandra. I’m so glad you enjoyed this chicken salad.

  3. Debra says:

    This recipe sounds amazing. For a baby shower, I’d like to make this for the party of 45 ppl. How much would I need to XX this recipe to feed that many people? Thank you.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Debra, if you are using this salad as a main meal, you would need to make 6 times the recipe. If you are using it as an appetizer or in a sandwich, you would need to make 3 – 4 times the recipe.

    2. Maurissa says:

      5 stars
      Hello! Can this recipe be frozen? It was so delicious the first time I had to it-made by my sister and then she shared the recipe with me and I made it too…delicious!! Thank you 🙂

    3. Robyn Stone says:

      Maurissa, I would not recommend freezing it. Some of the ingredients do not freeze well. For example, the ingredients in the mayonnaise tend to separate when frozen.

  4. Elise says:

    5 stars
    This chicken salad is SOOOO good!! I used a Costco roasted chicken (breast), which I chopped in a food processor, and praline pecans. I have already made it twice! All the flavors go so well together. This will be my go to chicken salad from now on!!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Elise, this sounds delicious with praline pecans. I’ll have to try that.