We call this fancy chicken salad because of the dressing, grapes, and pecans, but it’s really easy. This is a fresher, lighter version of the classic chicken salad and is perfect for meal prep.
This is the perfect side dish or main dish. It’s especially easy if you’re using leftover roast chicken. Watch the video tutorial and see how simple it is.
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We love protein-rich salads like our Chicken Avocado Salad, Fall Chopped Chicken Salad, and Cobb Salad. This creamy chicken salad is truly the best chicken salad and Waldorf salad combo that will become a lunchtime must.
Chicken Salad Video Tutorial
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Ingredients for the chicken salad
The 5 ingredients in this chicken salad are so simple, but each one matters for the best taste, texture and color.
- Chicken – we use 2 large chicken breasts from a whole roasted chicken, but you can use rotisserie chicken or sauteed chicken breasts instead. Leftover dark meat chicken will also do.
- Celery – adds an excellent crunchiness to the salad and lightens its flavor. Even if you’re not a fan of celery, don’t skimp on it and hope you try it.
- Grapes – add a sweet juiciness to the salad. Just like in our broccoli and grape salad, grapes are a refreshing addition and make the salad “fancy”.
- Pecan nuts – we toasted the walnuts on a dry pan to give them even more flavor.
- Red onion – Finely chop half of a medium red onion, or you can add red onion to taste. You can also substitute chopped green onion, but red onion keeps best in the refrigerator.
The best chicken salad dressing
This is similar to the dressing we love for our famous broccoli salad, except we didn’t add sugar or honey as the grapes add a lot of sweetness. This dressing is creamy, tangy, and the addition of sour cream makes it lighter than plain mayonnaise.
- mayonnaise – use real mayonnaise for the best flavor.
- Sour cream – we use whole sour cream, but you can replace it with lean sour cream or fat-free Greek yogurt.
- Lemon juice – be sure to use freshly squeezed and not from concentrate.
- dill – finely chopped fresh dill is our favorite, but you can replace it with 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley.
- Salt and pepper – added to taste
How to make chicken salad
- Roasted pecans – place on a dry pan over medium / low heat and stir frequently until the pecans are golden and fragrant. Transfer to a cutting board to coarsely chop and set aside to cool, then add to a large bowl.
- Chop the chicken – Dice the chicken breast and add it to the bowl. Note: We prefer the texture of chicken when diced rather than in small pieces.
- Halve the grapes – Cut the grapes in half with a serrated knife and add them to the bowl.
- Chop the celery – Remove the ends, cut the celery sticks in half lengthwise, then slice them thinly and add them to the bowl.
- Onion – Finely chop and add half of a red onion.
- Prepare the dressing – Add the ingrine to the dressing and add the dressing to the salad.
- Throw to combine – Stir until the salad is evenly coated with dressing, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
How to serve chicken salad?
This salad can be served as a side dish or as a main course. We like to serve it for lunch because it’s easy to turn it into a meal.
- On mixed vegetables – put your favorite vegetables such as rocket or mixed salad in a large bowl, dress with the chicken salad and serve.
- cups of lettuce – serving in cups of lettuce is a great low-carb option for lunch.
- Sandwiches with croissants – Cut the croissant in half without cutting it all the way, then stuff it with the salad. It tastes like a quality baked sandwich.
- Pita bread – we love to stuff a chicken salad pita, it’s that simple and good.
Professional tip: The best way to reheat a croissant is to toast it in an air fryer at 350 ° C for 3 minutes until slightly crispy on the outside and reheated. This is what we do with store-bought croissants and they taste like straight out of a bakery oven.
To refrigerate – Store the leftover chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days depending on how fresh the cooked chicken is. The USDA recommends storing cooked chicken for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Easier lunch ideas
If you love this chicken salad, you won’t want to miss out on these lunch recipes that keep well in the refrigerator and are perfect for meal planning.
Hope this creamy chicken salad gives you a great lunchtime inspiration. I am convinced this will become your new favorite creamy topping – it’s easy and excellent.
Fancy Chicken Salad Recipe F
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Time to cook: 5 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
We call this fancy chicken salad but it’s really easy. It’s a fresher, lighter version of the classic creamy chicken salad and keeps well, so it’s perfect for meal prep.
Cost to be made:
$ 10- $ 12
Salad, Side dish
Calories: 438 kcal
Portions: 6 people like side salad
Ingredients for chicken salad:
cooked chicken breast
4 cups, diced *
red seedless grapes
celery, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced
(from 2-3 celery stalks)
finely chopped (1/2 medium red onion)
toasted and coarsely chopped
Chicken Salad Dressing:
or plain Greek yogurt
or to taste
Place the pecans on a dry skillet over medium / low heat and toast them for 3-5 minutes, turning them often until golden and fragrant, then transfer them to a cutting board and chop coarsely and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the diced chicken, halved grapes, sliced celery, chopped onion, and cooled pecans.
In a small bowl, add all of the seasoning ingredients and mix to combine.
Add all of the dressing to the salad or add it to taste and stir until the salad is evenly coated with the dressing. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
* You can make a roast chicken, buy a rotisserie chicken or cook your own chicken breasts.
Fancy Chicken Salad Recipe F
Quantity per serving
Calories from Fat 297
% Daily value *
Fat 33 g51%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fats 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Sodium 398 mg17%
Potassium 453 mg13%
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Protein 22 g44%
vitamin A 236IU5%
C vitamin 6mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.