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!

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 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

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

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

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!

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

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!
4.9 from 87 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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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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! 🙂

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

    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! 🙂

  15. 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. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!!

  18. 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!

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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. 

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

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