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This delicious Chicken Salad with chicken, mayonnaise, grapes, and pecans can be assembled in just minutes and chilled ahead of time for a delicious summer lunch or picnic!
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I’m not sure if it’s a Southern thing or not but I love anything with the word “salad” behind it: egg salad, potato salad, pasta salad-and of course-chicken salad! And like all those other salad recipes I love, chicken salad seems to be such a subjective thing.
There are thousands of different chicken salad recipes out there and I particularly like to experiment with new combinations-my current favorite is this grape and pecan chicken salad recipe that has been my go-to weekend lunch lately!
Why I love this recipe
I’m not a fan of celery which is included in a lot of chicken salad recipes. To substitute the crunch I add pecans. This perfectly balances out the sweetness of the grapes. The result is a flavorful chicken salad perfect for lunch!
- shredded chicken
- Mrs. Dash
- garlic powder
Step by step
Chicken Salad is the easiest recipe ever, you can whip it up in just minutes.
Simply combine shredded chicken with Mrs. Dash seasoning, garlic powder, a pinch of salt, mayonnaise, grapes and pecan chips. Mix it well and let it refrigerate an hour or two to let the flavors blend, it’s that easy!
Tips for best results
- Experiment with switching out the grapes for raisins, chopped apple, or even blueberries.
- The pecans can be substituted with other nuts such as cashews, walnuts, or almonds.
- Use canned chicken or rotisserie chicken if you do not have time to cook and shred the chicken yourself.
I do not recommend freezing chicken salad or most any food made with mayonnaise, as it can separate when frozen. As an alternative, you could freeze just your shredded chicken then assemble the salad after thawing. The recipe mixes up very fast!
Chicken Salad will last 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Never leave the salad out of the fridge for more than 90 minutes at a time for food safety reasons.
There are so many different ways to serve chicken salad! Popular options are over salad greens, on a croissant or baguette, even over tomato slices.
You might also enjoy these make-ahead summer tarts, my Southern Collard Greens Recipe, Egg Salad or my favorite potato salad recipe to round out your summer menu! And for a different take on this recipe, check out this Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad or Grandma’s Secret Ingredient Chicken Salad from Shaken Together.
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This recipe was originally published in May of 2016 and updated July 2019 with new photos and answers to reader questions.