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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!

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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! //

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. //

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

4.92 from 104 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!


  • 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)


  • 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.


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. 5 stars
      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.

    2. 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).

    3. Instead of dried cherries; try substituting craisins and add about 1/4 cup of Honey! Yummy!!

    4. 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.

    5. They are hard to find. They and craisins would be by the raisins at the grocery store.

    6. Craisins are sweetened, dried cranberries. Craisins is the brand name. Dried cherries are available in BIG cities. Personally, I prefer the Craisins. They’re also yummy in turkey salad.

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

    1. Could you use can cbicken breasts for this or does it have to be boiled chicken?

    2. 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!

    3. I use rotisserie chicken from HEB all the time (original, not lemon, etc.). It’s great and saves time. Also, the chicken has a little more flavor.

  2. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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! 🙂

    3. 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.

    4. 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!

    5. 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?

    6. 5 stars
      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.

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

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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!

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

  3. 4 stars
    Oh yeah you are a girl after my own heart. I usually make chicken salad with dried cherries or grapes but never together! Looks look to good.

  4. 5 stars
    this is very similar to one my hubby loves, except I use dried cranberries and add some tarragon and a little ground celery seed.

  5. 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!

  6. 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 vinegar. I’ll try this recipe too as I like to change it up…Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    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.

    1. Good grief I am an idiot. It is there and a finally saw it after my post…LOL.

  8. 5 stars
    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.

  9. 5 stars
    P.S. I used a rotisserie chicken and for those who are not going by weight, it takes 4 cups of chopped chicken.

  10. 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. :).

  11. 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.

  12. 5 stars
    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!

  13. 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:)

  14. 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.


  15. 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!

  16. 5 stars
    awesome site, great recipes.Love the chicken salad with grapes or pineapple tidbits, or crushed,
    could be used,

  17. 5 stars
    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!

  18. 4 stars
    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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….

  22. 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.

    1. I have to agree on Nicole T’s message #42. How rude of the lady who asked, ‘Boiled? How rude!!!

  23. 5 stars
    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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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!!

    1. Thanks so much, Tina. I’m so glad you love it and what a great idea to add bowtie pasta to it!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

    1. Was also thinking fresh made Hidden Valley. I don’t like mayo, but Hidden Valley is a winner! Thanks for confirmation. 🥰

  32. 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…

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!!

  36. 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?

  37. 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!!

  38. I’ve always put either dried cherries, golden raisins or fresh grapes in my chicken salad. I also add slivered almonds (toasted) along with finely diced celery for crunch. As for seasonings, besides salt, pepper and garlic powder, I put in a pinch or two of curry powder. The curry makes it “pop” and it is super yummy, we serve it on croissants or in a halved cantaloupe. One of my favorite meals.

  39. I Love trying new recipes if it has things in it that we like. Sometimes I will alter what’s in it and create my own recipes. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes. P.S. I collect Cookbooks and will pass them down to my daughter and daughter in law some day. Both of the girls are really close and Love to share thing’s between them.

  40. I add curry, black olives and rotini noodles to stretch it and the dressing I use is Marzettis Slaw Dressing. I’ve found roasting a whole chicken makes the best chicken salad

  41. 4 stars
    i leave out cherries. i use green grapes, halved, and almond slivers. i also bake the chicken breasts instead of boiling. fab in flavored flour tortillas!

  42. 5 stars
    if you want the best tasting chicken for this & the easiest~~use a rotisserie chicken from the store. this is basically the recipe I have made for yrs., have used some dry Lipton onion soup for a flavor of onion without using onion

  43. I like to use an old recipe of my Aunt Lillian’s for the dressing. It consists of 1 cup real mayo,1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cider vinegar. It is just mildly sweet….it works well on Waldorf Salad, coleslaw, and chicken salad. Aunt Lillian is gone now, but her recipe lives on!

  44. 5 stars
    Hello…and thank you Robyn for sharing this wonderful recipe. I made it today for my family and it was truly delicious. I doubled the recipe just to make sure there would be enough for tomorrow and maybe, if I am very lucky, even Tuesday? Most of us decided to skip the bread route entirely and ate our salad in Napa cabbage rolls. Yummy crunch!! Already pinned:)

    1. We made it this weekend, too! Isn’t it delicious? I’m so glad you all enjoyed it! xo

  45. This was really fantastic! I just made one change. Instead of 1 cup mayo, I used 1/3 cup mayo & 1/2 cup Fage Greek yogurt. I have tried with plain & vanilla ( used today when I was right in the middle & realized I was all out of plain). This is now my go to recipe for chicken salad. I get requests for it frequently. Thank you for the great recipes on this site.

  46. I used this recipe and add about 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream to make the salad a little more “wet” and use less mayo. I also have to add choped onions!

  47. Wow I am always looking for extra bits to pop in packed lunches and this chicken salad is perfect. I love the added crunch of Pecan nuts. Genius and thank you for sharing. Sammie

  48. Hello Robyn, I’m wondering how you created this recipe card? Is there a program that you use? I love it and LOVE the recipe. Thank you <3

  49. I usually make my own mayo (or use Paleo mayo) so I don’t get all the added sugar and soybean oil. I always add chopped boiled eggs and grapes. I don’t love celery, but will add it if I chop it up fine. But I usually add green pepper instead. Red pepper makes it more colorful. Sometimes I add curry. I poached my chicken in my Instant Pot last week, and shredded it with forks. Added both celery and red pepper, salt and pepper, a little lemon juice, a little Dijon mustard, and just enough mayo to hold it together. I never measure anything — just add until it looks right. Delicious!

  50. 5 stars
    I have always made my chicken salad with grapes & apple mayo must. Just a squirt celery. I usually get a cooked chicken at grocery story. Very yummy!!!

  51. 5 stars
    I love the versitalitu of this recipe. I’ve never used dried cherries, but I will try it. I have even added cooked shells for a church potluck. Always a welcome addition.

  52. 5 stars
    I made this Chicken Salad yesterday. This is so refreshing when you wsnt a lite meal. Went to to the store and picked up some fresh rolls to serve on. Fabulous. Had fruit on the side. Heaven. Thanks. I had your recipe saved. Make this quite often.

  53. I make a similar version, but with siced apples and raisins, and a little bit of cinnamon. I soak the raisins first in some warm water for just a few minutes. Cherries sound delish – I’ll have to try that!

  54. 5 stars
    We make this same chicken salad but add a little yellow curry powder. I am not really into curryn but it adds a wonderful dimension!

    1. I love just a touch of curry powder in a some recipes, too! Sounds like a great addition!

  55. Sounds yummy!!! My dear Mom used to make hers with pineapple pieces, grapes, celery, and poached chicken breasts. Served with a curry sauce on the side and Hawaiian bread. Mmmmm

  56. I’ve had a version of this and used cashews while serving it on big fluffy croissants. Makes a nice luncheon for the gals.

  57. When my son came home from service, The Mother’s made food to be served at the unit after the “higher ups” had their little say. I made 2 tubs full of chicken salad with just the chicken, celery, grapes, and nuts. Did not bring home much. It is a great lite meal and not time consuming to make especially if you use chicken that has been cooked ahead of time and frozen. Love you posts!

    1. Thank you so much to your son and your family for your service! I am so thrilled that everyone loved this chicken salad! xo

  58. 5 stars
    I have been making a similar chicken salad recipe for years, except to cut back on fat and calories of the mayo I use about half buttermilk instead of all mayo, adds a nice tang to the salad. I also cook boneless skinless chicken breasts with garlic slices and dill. I add cooked pasta and more dill to the salad, I never measure the mayo and buttermilk, it depends on how moist or dry you like it. I have never added cherries though that sounds good.

  59. I made this with half the mayo and a lot of grapes and celery and it was great! I want to try with Greek yogurt next time to lighten it up even more.

  60. 5 stars
    I have loved this for years however I do not add extra salt to mine and I use craisins instead of cherries. Highly recommend .

    1. I like to broil my chicken. Make sure i season it well. i like to use curry powder to my seasoning.

    1. Hi Brenda,
      You can simply omit it if you don’t care for it. I hope you enjoy it! xo

  61. I like to substitute with vegenaise, can be found in health food and some grocery stores. It’s an egg free mayo that actually claims its so good for you you can eat it with a spoon! I’ll never go back to regular mayo again. Good luck!

  62. 5 stars
    This is a terrific and quick recipe that rivals the $6.00 per pound you pay at the Super market! Now a staple around our house, as family and friends love this.

  63. This chicken salad is VERY GOOD, but I’m a little confused on the 5-minute prep and total time when the nuts have to roast for 20 minutes and it took me a bit longer to cut chicken, celery and grapes. A bit misleading, tasty nonetheless!

  64. 5 stars
    I made this and it was great. I did make a couple of changes in that I used toasted slivered almonds because that’s all I had and I used plain greek yogurt for part of the mayo. Woulda been better with the pecans I think. I wound up with too much chicken in the mix, but my husband is the type that needs to see more meat on his plate than anything else or he’s not a happy caveman, so it was all good. Delicious and easy summer meal served on some fresh salad greens with fruit for dessert. Loving your recipes! They always seem to turn out right!

  65. I make one similar to this. Add tri-colored pasta and a little finely chopped onion. (I don’t do the dried cherries) to make it a more complete lunch item. One of my families favorite summer
    Lunch items.

  66. Just googled “Chicken Salad With Grapes Recipe” and look at whose came up first!!! Love it!!
    I will be making this tonight or tomorrow one. I know it will be great!!
    Merry Christmas to the Stone’s!

    1. Hey Mandy! That’s great to know! I hope ya’ll enjoy it – we love this! So happy to hear from you!
      Merry Christmas to all of you too!

  67. 5 stars
    Wow! This was perfect and I would not change a thing! Made it as part of the food items to bring in the New year 2017. Thanks for the share.

  68. 3 stars
    This recipe has an overwhelming amount of mayo. You may consider halving it, and adding more later if you really just cant get enough mayo.

    1. Hi Charles,
      You can add more or less mayo to your particular taste. You can also use Greek yogurt if you wish. Thanks so much!

  69. 5 stars
    I was craving a chicken salad so i made this for me to take to work. well i never EVEN had a chance to take it to work.. My teen daughter loved it, then my mom tried it and kept putting the cover back on only to take it off to have a few more bites, then my daughters boyfriend had some then had 3 servings and finished off hat i made!! this recipe is going into my keeper binder. Thank you for such a good recipe.

    1. I’m so happy you – and all your family – enjoyed it so much! It is a regular dish around my house! We all love it! Thanks so much for letting me know how much you liked it! xo

  70. 5 stars
    Well of course I made this after tasting it at the girls weekend!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! AND I got Dukes mayonnaise ? .. which made me smile also! BEST
    CHICKEN salad ever!!

    1. I’m so glad to see you made it Cindy! Glad you found that mayo!!! 😉 Happy you enjoyed it! Love hearing from you – hope all is great with you!!! xo

    2. Hi Kathleen! It’s definitely delicious with Duke’s mayo if you can find it in your area, but it’s great made with other mayos too! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks! xo

  71. When we do our chicken salad, we use half mayonnaise and half sour cream. The sour cream cuts the mayonnaise and is delicious.
    Love your cookbook!

  72. I would have to leave out the celery because I dislike it intensely. Perhaps some finely chopped jicama would do the trick – it would add crunch without the celery flavor. Apart from the celery, this does sound very good, and I like the idea of mixing the mayo with Greek yogurt.

    1. Hi Susan,
      You can certainly leave out the celery if you wish…it’s delicious and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks!

  73. I have made this salad for years but use cut up apples instead of the cherries, but that sounds like a great addition, and I use much less mayonnaise. I serve it on romaine lettuce along with sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, sliced cheddar cheese and crescent rolls.

    1. Hi Karen,
      Thanks so much for sharing this! It is delicious with apples – I make it that way sometimes as well. Some people enjoy more or less mayo, and it is delicious made to either particular taste.
      Thank you!

  74. 5 stars
    Hi Robyn,

    I love all that you do and look forward to your posts always. My only problem is I dislike mayo. What can I substitute for mayo and most likeoy other recipes. Thank you.


    1. Hi Joanne,
      Thank you – I’m so glad you enjoy the recipes! You can use Greek yogurt to replace the mayo in this recipe. I make this Chicken Salad often (it’s one of my husband’s very favorites) – I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
      Thanks so much, Joanne! xo

  75. This is a wonderful basic chicken salad recipe. I add a tsp. curry, 1 Tbs. soy sauce to the mayo.
    I also substitute macadamia nuts or slivered almonds for additional crunch. I also substitute apples
    For the cherries . Served on a butter lettuce leaf or half a papaya it is fabulous.

  76. 5 stars
    A really great chicken salad that I will be using all summer! I followed the recipe except that I sheet pan roasted the chicken breast with some pork and poultry seasoning we get up in Michigan. The resulting salad was delicious but I then added a hefty squeeze of fresh lemon juice which took it over the top in my book! I imagine it would be slightly similar to using the Greek yogurt….a bit more tang for all the mayo. Thanks! A great recipe!

  77. 5 stars
    I made this with leftover rotisserie chicken. Instead of grapes, I had fresh cherries to use up, so I seeded and halved them. Also added the kernels from one ear of fresh summer corn!

    1. Sounds delicious! It’s great with rotisserie chicken – and with cherries. I love the idea of the fresh corn…sounds tasty! Thanks so much, Becky! Glad you enjoy the chicken salad! xo

  78. 5 stars
    My chicken salad recipe calls for green grapes, and their sweet-tartness really wake up the chicken! Add lots of chopped celery (1/4″ bits) and slivered almonds, and you have a meal fit for a queen. (The king wants steak!)

    With red grapes, I would give this recipe 4 stars, but with a change to green grapes, PERFECTION!

    1. Hi –
      Chicken salad is such a favorite dish – yours sounds delicious as well!
      We all definitely have our favorites and varying tastes, don’t we?! I’m sure green grapes are very tasty as well! We like red grapes in this particular chicken salad recipe, but you can definitely use either one you prefer!
      Thanks so much!

  79. The recipe AS IS sounds scrumptious, don’t know why people don’t try it the way you offered it without tweaking it! Try it first, then tweak it if you want to, but leave your original recipe alone.

  80. 5 stars
    OMG!! I have made your recipe at least 40 times. The toasted nuts add a wonderful texture and flavor. I use Costco’s rotisserie chicken (breast meat) and replaced the dried cherries with craisons. The grapes and dried fruit along with the celery makes for a pretty presentation. Make it for parties, lady’s lunches and of course for my family. Thanks!

    1. I’m so thrilled that you enjoy it so much, Marilee! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me! xo

  81. Sounds delicious! I just happen to have some leftover rotisserie chicken, grapes, and celery that all need to be used up before they go bad. Low on mayo, but I’ve got Greek yogurt! No dried cherries, but a couple apples that need to get eaten, as well. This recipe couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! And who doesn’t love chicken salad? Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  82. 5 stars
    I made your recipe several times – it is excellent for a brown bagging lunch! A friend “stole” the idea and added thinly sliced raw jalapeno to her version. So, not to be outdone, I made a huge bowl, kept the original ingredients, added her jalalpeno (small) and some Chayote in matchstick pieces. I lined the bowl with spinach leaves. This mountain of chicken salad went to an office luncheon with a side of Pita chips for dipping. 38 officee staff rate this recipe double thumbs up! Thanks for the inspiration. When I have the gift of extra fish, I plan to try a small scale version subbing the free protein for chicken

  83. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night for my friend and two roommates and it was a hit! I used an olive-oil based mayo to cut down a bit on calories. Also could not find plain or roasted pecans at my grocery store, but used candied ones, still super yummy! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be having great leftovers this afternoon.

  84. 4 stars
    Also good with chopped granny smith apple too! and walnuts instead of pecans. Called Brandywine Chicken Salad here in Delaware. Yummy.

    1. It will keep in the refrigerator for a few days, Nancy, but I have not frozen it before. Thanks! xo

    1. Hi Chris, you can use yogurt – I mention using Greek yogurt in the recipe instructions instead of mayo if you want. Thanks for mentioning again. Hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

  85. Your site has come to me in perfect timing. I roasted a chicken for our Saturday dinner, reserving the breast to make chicken salad. I have red grapes and pineapple I wanted to use. I’m feeling a bit lost with cooking for 2. My son bought his first house on Tuesday, moved the pets and a bed on Wednesday.. We just enjoyed your Easy chicken chili as a family, it served 5 and there is just enough leftover for me for lunch.

    1. I can’t imagine that empty nest feeling, Mara! Hang in there! I do hope you enjoy this – and glad you liked the chili! Thanks! xo

    2. Served this chicken salad on romaine lettuce and mango on the side. I used half mayo and greek yogurt. I didn’t add the cherries, thus needing a bit of honey to sweeten. It has a bit more dressing then I usually like but overall was pleasing. Thank you for the wonderful meal ideas.

  86. I make my chicken salad like this, but bake chicken breasts the night before then chill overnight so they’re super easy to shred by hand the next morning. Baking the chicken instead of boiling gives so much more flavor.

  87. 5 stars
    This chicken salad was great! Instead of dried cherries, I added a small bunch of cilantro, chopped, and uses 1/2 & 1/2 mayo(Best foods) and plain Greek yogurt. Delish!!!

  88. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I left out the nuts due to allergies in the family, but followed the recipe exactly, other than that. Very good chicken salad. Everyone loved it! Will definitely make it again.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it too, Lisa! It’s one of my family’s absolute favorite dishes! Thanks so much for letting me know you liked it! xo

  89. Chicken salad with grapes is always delicious and healthy!
    I just made the same recipe a couple weeks ago xD
    But you add more mayonnaise than me 😉

  90. How many servings does the recipe make? I would like to make this for on sandwich bread or croissants but I’m not sure how many sandwiches this would make?

  91. 5 stars
    Turned out great! Grilling the chicken, gives it an awesome flavor. I substituted dried cherries, with Dates, red grapes with white grapes and Dukes Mayo is a must. The funny face that my daughter made while I prepared it, quickly turned into a big smile once she sampled it.

    1. I’ve not tried this with dates, Byron – I’ll have to give it a try sometime! I’m happy this got smiles from your daughter! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  92. 5 stars
    Absolutely wonderful! I made this for and everyone loved it. Super easy and light for summer.

  93. 5 stars
    I tried putting yogurt in my salad and it never turned out vary well. But this is 5x better thanks.

  94. 5 stars
    Delicious. Simple and satisfying. A perfect lunch pairing for this sweltering Oklahoma summer heat! I did add 1/3 cup of red onion and found it quite complementary!
    Thank you for posting!

    1. I think so too, Kristi! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy it as much as we do! xo

  95. 5 stars
    Never boil chicken for your recipes, season the chicken breasts,put them in a frying pan on medium heat COVERED,for 20 to 25 minutes let it cool, maybe 5-10 minutes then cut your cubes,etc. Trust me, my parents were Chefs.

  96. 5 stars
    Best chicken salad ever! I chopped some praline pecans to use in place of the toasted pecans. Also added a bit of chopped red onion.I will make this often! Thank you!

  97. 5 stars
    Yum loved this chicken salad. I served it with fresh fruit and little mini muffin muffins. I also learned how to toast pecans haven’t ever done that. A wonderful summer meal. Will add it to our rotation. 

    1. This sounds like one of our favorite ways to eat this as well, Jan! And it’s perfect for summer! Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed it! xo

  98. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for guests with just a few minor changes, and it got rave reviews. I’ll definitely make it again! First, I poached the chicken breasts (skin on, bone in) for 20 mnutes in vermouth and chicken broth. I let it cool and took off the skin and deboned it, then cut it into chunks.
    I left out the dried cherries as I didn’t like the texture with the fresh chicken and grapes, and I wasn’t able to use the pecans because my guest has a nut allergy. I’m looking forward to using them next time though. I also used less mayo. What a great recipe this is!

  99. 5 stars
    Just found your website and tried your recipe for Chicken salad earlier today. My wife and I loved it. What I used rather than yogurt or mayonnaise is a product called just mayo. It is egg free and made from the yellow pea and other natural ingredients. Your recipes are just what we needed. They are fresh and very good. Thank you for your website. I am making the chocolate cake you list for my wife’s birthday cake. You have 2 new fans!

    1. I’m so happy to hear this, David! Glad to know you loved the Chicken Salad. It’s one of my husband’s absolute favorites! Can’t wait for you both to try the Best Chocolate Cake! Please wish your wife a very happy birthday from me! I’m glad to have you here! Thanks!

  100. Making this for our “Girlfriend’s Pajama Party” at my church this Friday night. Can’t wait! So grateful I found this recipe! NEVER made chicken salad in my life and have been so nervous about it. Your recipe has eliminated my fear. Its reviews are what caught my attention. Wish me luck!

    1. If you wish to add some you can, I use it in other chicken salads I’ve made but don’t prefer to use it in this one. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks!

  101. Very yummy. I used a store bought rotisserie chicken. My teens love this recipe and they’re very picky. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      This is my second time making this recipe its a great recipe this time I substituted apples for the cherries. So yummy I even made a version for my son who has lots of allergies (he usually doesn’t like meats) he’s eating this win win for getting meat into my 2 year old. 🙂

  102. Delicious! I substituted 1/2 cup of chopped apples for the dried cherries, used a little less mayo, and added a tiny squirt of honey. On toast with a little butter, yum! 😋

    1. It says serving of 8. Is that if it’s a meal or a sandwich. Making about 35 sandwiches for a baby shower. Not sure if that is 6 oz’s or 8.

  103. 5 stars
    This was delicious.  I made a couple of alterations.  I used a rotisserie chicken, also, substuted pistacios for the pecans and I used 1/2 plain low fat Greek yogurt and 1/2 regular Mayo.

    Also, I would like to say that it does only take 5 minutes once everything is prepped.  Pulling the chicken off the carcass and chopping it took longer than 5 minutes, not to mention, roasting and chopping the nuts, washing and chopping the celery, washing and halving the grapes and locating and measuring the dried cherries.  In all, it took about an hour to come together.

    It is a nice make ahead dish and a good thing to keep in the fridge for when you get hungry.  I served mine on a croissant with lettuce.  And I had fresh tomatoes on the side.  

    This one is a keeper.

  104. I am not much of a cook, BUT, I made this up with craisins I had instead of grapes and Cherries. Used the Pecans! And my husband LOVED it! Going to be a go to on a simple dinner night, or lunch!

    1. 5 stars
      Robyn, thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe! Can you please tell me if the calorie count of 263/serving is for a 4 ounce or an 8 ounce serving? Thanks!

    2. 5 stars
      Excellent recipe. I am vegetarian, but used a meat alternative, adding just a touch of poultry seasoning and fresh lemon juice to enhance the chicken flavor and lighten up the creaminess of the mayo. Otherwise, followed the recipe exactly as written. Will definitely make again.

  105. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Made it exactly as recipe says and I will not be deviating one bit. My sil said only thing wrong was I didn’t make enough! So getting ready to make another batch. 

    1. Hi Robert,
      My family enjoys it best with mayo, but it’s good with Greek yogurt too for those that don’t like mayo, or may want to lighten it up a bit. I hope you enjoy it – it’s one of our favorites! Thanks!

  106. I did not have any grapes which I usually have but I added diced granny smith apples and of course substituted turkey for chicken this time of year! Thanks

  107. When using rotisserie chicken, do you use the dark meat? In the past, I have only used chicken breast. Thanks.

    1. I’m hosting a Sip and See for my daughter in law and want to make your chicken salad- what sides would be good with it?

    2. Cindy, at the top of the home page of my site, there is a list of categories. Click on Celebrations, then click on Shower Recipes. There are pages of recipes there for you to choose recipes that you might like to make for this event. Hope you have a wonderful Sip and See for your daughter-in-law. Thanks!

  108. My bf ‘s comment and I quote “This is the best sandwich I have ever had. ” (I served it on croissants) Absolutely delicious!!

  109. 5 stars
    The chicken salad with grapes, small amount pecans, and used small amount apple minced instead of cherries. Made sandwiches of this for church sunday, everyone loved them. Thank you

  110. 5 stars
    I made it with a rotisserie chicken also. Had a pomegranate I needed to use up, so I used pomegranate seeds in place of dried cherries and also subbed 1/2 Greek yogurt for 1/2 of the Mayo. It tastes great!

    1. Hi Diane,
      I’ve never made it with canned chicken but it would be probably be fine. If you try it, let me know how you like it.

    1. Hi Marti,
      The calories are per serving. Hope you enjoy the salad. Thanks!

  111. I was skeptical of trying with greek yogurt, but it’s such a good healthy alternative!!

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      I love the taste with the Greek Yogurt almost as much as with the mayonnaise! I agree, it is a good healthy alternative! Thanks!

  112. 5 stars
    This is my first attempt at chicken salad and I want to say a big THANK YOU! This is delicious and I really appreciated your optional variations.

  113. This is yummy! I used left over grilled bbq chicken .Added pomegranate seeds instead of cranberries because i needed to use up.
    Really tasty.

    1. Thanks for this recipe. This was deliish!! Made it several times. My favorite way to use rotisserie chicken. The grapes, celry and pecans are the key. I’ve used cream cheese for part of the mayo and green onions. So easy to make and so good!! Better the 2nd or 3rd day😉.

  114. Great, easy recipe! While my rotisserie chicken was shredding in the KitchenAid, I chopped up my celery and nuts. I didn’t toast the pecans (would that make a big difference?) Also I used dried cranberries, as I had no dried cherries, so I added a tap of sugar. I used 2/3 mayo and 1/3 Greek yogurt. I also used green grapes mainly for the color. I used light and dark meat so it would have more moisture and lots of flavor. A perfect recipe, thank you so much. I like the suggestion of diced apple, too and may try that next.

    1. Thanks, Jeanne. The toasted pecans add a slightly different flavor and a little crunch but I like it with raw pecans sometimes, too.

  115. 5 stars
    This was an absolutely scrumptious dish!
    I added a couple spoonfuls of Durkeee Famous Sandwich & Salad Sauce. I like that tart taste and I thought
    it was superb! Thank you. I will definitely be making this as my “go to” chicken salad.
    My husband made a sandwich but I like this as a salad. Either way we loved it.

  116. 5 stars
    This was a delicious big hit for dinner. I used a pkg of Planters wholesome nut mix chopped as I didn’t have pecans and also some frozen cherries thawed out with the grapes and the flavors were perfect. I paired with seasoned red potatoes (baked Alexia oven reds) for easy gluten-free dinner and used a shredded rotisserie chicken. I will definitely make it again.

    1. This recipe makes 8 cups for 8 servings for main meal. You can use 4 to 6 ounces per wrap or croissant. Hope you enjoy!

  117. I’m going to buy some grapes and celery with lots of yellow leaves inside and guess what’s for lunch.

  118. 5 stars
    So good! I had a curry version of this recipe in restaurant a few years back then spent some time trying to replicate it. I brought my test samples to work so people could give me their opinion and they still beg me to bring it all the time. I think I will make this tonight!

    1. I’ve never used black olives in this chicken salad recipe, Rita. I’m not sure how it would taste with the rest of the ingredients. I use croissants, wraps, or crackers. Hope you enjoy!

    2. Robyn thank you for the best chicken salad recipe ever written! Made the recipe! Didn’t use the olives! However everything else followed recipe exact! The toasted pecans are indeed a must! Many years ago had a chicken salad sandwich at a high end restaurant that I tried for years to find a similar recipe……this is it! The taste is so delicious! Will make again! Bon Appetit!

  119. 5 stars
    Wow…this is amazing and perfect recipe till now…i will trying to make it few days later….am so glad to read it…Thanks for sharing….a beautiful recipe ….!

  120. This looks ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!! Will definitely have to try this one, tho will substitute roasted Sunflower Seeds for the pecans, and Dried Cranberry for the Cherries, since both are much more affordable… I’ll have to look at the recipe again — don’t remember any onion? Thanks for such great ideas!

  121. 5 stars
    I’m absolutely delighted with this recipe! It comes so close to my Mother’s Chicken Salad from the 1960’s, which used orange yogurt, and mandarin oranges in lieu of the cherries. This recipe, dare I say it, tasted better than Mom’s. Hers adds celery seed instead of the pepper, which really picks up the flavors.

    1. I’ve never had chicken salad the way your Mom made it, Susan, but it sounds good. I’m so glad you like the way I make mine, too. Thanks!

  122. I made this tonight to use up some rotisserie chicken. I actually had all the ingredients on hand. Super delicious with great textures. Thank you.

    1. You really need to try it with the grapes sometime, Nadia. They really make a difference.

  123. I added chopped apples and used dried cranberries. I also added a splash of ACV and a tsp of sugar to the dressing.

  124. 5 stars
    Very delicious, everything you want in a chicken salad. I substituted fried cranberries for cherries and substituted sour cream for half the mayonnaise.

    1. Thanks, David. I sometimes substitute dried cranberries for the grapes in this salad.

  125. 5 stars
    This recipe is a keeper and oh so easy! We’ve bought three different deli chicken salads, and they have all left a lot to the imagination. This recipe does not disappoint! Words of wisdom, roast the nuts, the flavor is worth the time! My husband said that it was the best chicken salad he’s ever had and that it blew the doors off the deli ones we wasted (way too much) money on! Thank you!

    1. Erin, I agree. The roasted nuts do make a difference. I’m so glad you and your family loved this recipe. I think my husband could eat it every day! xo

  126. This is really good. I burned the nuts but it gave it a smoky flavor. I will be making this a lot, especially when/if we get to have guests again.

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

  127. 5 stars
    I just threw this together and it’s absolutely delicious. Just toasted pecans and red grapes in mine. I am a weirdo who doesn’t like fruit unless it’s by itself, but this is making my mouth happy! Thanks so much for posting the beautiful pictures that encouraged me to try it!

    1. Kristen, I’m glad you tried this and loved it. I think my husband could eat it at least once a week.

  128. I made this one day years ago with all the nuts, for my daughter and her boyfriend. He fell in love with it. My daughter still asks for it but we ended up just omitting the nuts altogether and she still loves it. We moved states so she is not near her boyfriend to share with him but she teases him when I make it by sending him a pic!

    1. Thanks for the story, Kim. That’s funny. Maybe her boyfriend needs to learn to make this chicken salad. Then he can send her pics..

  129. Super good! I made this but didn’t have pecans so I used a bag of dried cranberries and slivered almonds. I also added about a tablespoon of curry powder. It added another dimension of flavors.

  130. 5 stars
    JUST LIKE THE RESTAURANTS!!! This is so delicious! I used slivered almonds instead of pecans and I added some spinach and maaaybe half a teaspoon of sugar… shh! So yummy!

    1. I like this chicken salad with slivered almonds sometimes, too, Maggie. Thanks.

  131. 5 stars
    I added two ingredients to this recipe…2T. of poppy seeds and 3 T. of maple syrup, both mixed into the mayonnaise. The flavor boost from the maple syrup is incredible! Everyone wants to know the secret ingredient….which you can keep secret or share.

  132. I made this and it is delicious. However the prep time is way off. It says five minutes… Not so. I’m a very seasoned cook and it took me at least a half hour to get everything chopped, measured and put together.

    1. Barbara, prep time in a recipe considers that the chopping, measuring, etc. have been done and the ingredients are at the level described in the recipe ingredient list. Prep time just figures the time it takes to follow the steps in the recipe instructions. While it took you half an hour to prepare the ingredients, it might take someone else 45 minutes.

  133. 5 stars
    Very easy and tasted very good. We added sliced almonds instead of pecans because that is what we had on hand. We added all mayo for the person with a dairy allergy and mostly yogurt for the rest.

    1. Thanks, Joyce, I like it with sliced almonds sometimes, too. So glad this worked for the person allergic to dairy.

  134. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Easy to make and very tasty. My husband rarely repeats a compliment but he repeatedly said, “That was a really good salad!”

    1. Thanks, Grace, I’m glad your husband liked it. It is one of my husband’s favorites, too.

    1. Jan, this recipe keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I would make it no more than a day ahead. Simply store in an airtight container.

  135. 5 stars
    Yummy! Printed off after eating it. Now you know it’s a real winner when I print a recipe. Perfect for our 4th of July celebration.

  136. 5 stars
    Used Costco chicken and a portion of cranberry and walnut pkg.

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

  137. 5 stars
    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.

  138. 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.

  139. 5 stars
    The best recipe! I do modify it slightly—we like ours SWEET. I put some sugar in mine. The dried cranberries and celery leaves make all the difference!

  140. 5 stars
    Outstanding! I dry-toasted some pecan chips in a saute pan and it really enhanced the flavor. Love the grapes AND cranberries. This will be a go-to recipe for me, for wraps, salads, and paninis.

    1. Cathy, I love this chicken salad with both grapes and cranberries sometimes, too. Thanks!

  141. 5 stars
    The Chicken Salad is delicious and easy to make. And , a wonderful tasty lunch with crunch in every bite !

    1. Mary Jo, I’m so glad you liked this chicken salad recipe. I don’t use fresh cranberries; I use the dried ones like Craisins or the organic dried ones. Maybe you can try it with them sometime, too.

    1. Thanks, Janna. This salad does stay fresh for a couple of days. I’m so glad you and your friends enjoyed it.

  142. Robyn, could plz note how many servings this makes. Thank you-your chicken salad, with grapes, cranberries, pecans.

    1. Dixie, this recipe makes 8 (8 ounce) servings for main meal. You can use 4 to 6 ounces per wrap or croissant. Hope you enjoy!

  143. The prep time for chicken salad is 5 minutes if someone else does the chopping. Otherwise at least half an hour, even more when you try to chop up dried cherries. But the results are worth it- my kids and grandkids love it. I could eat it three times a day.

    1. Jim, I’m happy that your family loves this chicken salad. Prep time in a recipe considers that the chopping, measuring, etc. have been done and the ingredients are at the level described in the recipe ingredient list. Prep time just figures the time it takes to follow the steps in the recipe instructions. While it took you 30 minutes to prep the ingredients, someone else may take 45 minutes or 20 minutes to prep.

  144. I make this recipe a little different. I use a store bought rotisserie chicken, deboned. And use 1/4 c. mayo. And 3/4 c sour cream for the dressing. It cuts the calories drastically. I also add pecans and raisins.