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!

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

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 roasted 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

Chicken Salad Recipe |

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 Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients you’ll need:

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!

Chicken Salad Recipe |

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

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

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!
4.88 from 74 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 8
Course Main Course
Calories: 262kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 4 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes halved
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 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 cherries, 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. 

Nutrition 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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Robyn xo

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278 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. 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?

  2. 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!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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:)

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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

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

  22. 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

  23. 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 a sweet white wine, 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.

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. 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. 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

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