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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!

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!

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

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 just have to try this for the best chicken salad sandwich ever!

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

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This makes a great salad for lunch, 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 and 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 the 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

Ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious salad:

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 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 just omit.

How Long Does Chicken Salad Last?

In the Refrigerator? This recipe keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply 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 Sandwich Recipe - A quick and easy chicken salad recipe with grapes made in a delicious sandwich! // addapinch.com

How to Serve:

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

How Much to Serve Per Person:

If you are making for serving a large group, at 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

Other Chicken Salad Recipes We Love:

To say that we enjoy chicken salad in our family is an understatement! My husband is especially a fan – from this all-time favorite and other recipes listed – 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. // addapinch.com
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Here’s my recipe for Chicken Salad with Grapes that I think you’ll love.

4.91 from 98 votes

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

Dinner 5 mins

Photograph of chicken salad in a blue bowl on a dark counter.
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 8
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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!

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 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.

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. 

Nutritional Information

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

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  1. Used Costco chicken and a portion of cranberry and walnut pkg.

    Delish. Nice hot outside dinner for us. The grapes are so refreshing.

  2. This sounds awesome! I had a similar recipe, which I misplaced; am looking forward to trying this.
    My two cents worth on the boiled/poached hicken controversy: Some time ago, I stumbled on a method for juicy never-overcooked chicken breast — steeping! You need a large pot, that your breasts will essentially form a single layer on the bottom, don’t worry if the skinny, pointy tips overlap. If you’re only doing one breast, just use a small pan. Anyway, lay out the breasts in the bottom of the pan, add enough water or chicken broth to come up to one inch over the chicken. Now, remove the chicken and reserve it — you don’t need to put it back in the fridge. Bring the water/broth to a boil. Once it is boiling, remove the pan from the heat, and put the chicken back into the pan. Cover the pan and let it stand for 20 minutes. To refrigerate, place cooked chicken in a bag or container, add a little bit of the broth to help keep the chicken moist. The meat stays tender ‘cuz it never gets up to full boiling temperature, and it doesn’t overcook ‘cuz there’s no heat under it.

  3. Absolutely a Delicious Recipe for Chicken Salad! I love it! So great on Whole grain bread slice with lettuce leaf too! Great for party also! A true Winner!

    1. Thanks, Cynthia. Thanks for the tip with the whole grain bread. I love this salad when entertaining, too.

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