cranberry pecan chicken salad in a large white bowl

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is a high protein salad filled with sweet and savory flavors and lots of texture and crunch. It is a great salad to meal prep and have throughout the week.

Table of Contents

  • My New Favorite Lunch: Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
  • How to Make Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
  • Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Recipe
  • FAQs

My New Favorite Lunch: Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

I have three basic criterias that makes a lunch become one of my top favorites:

  1. It has to be easy to prep and keep me full through dinnertime.
  2. It has to have lots of flavors, texture, and crunch.
  3. It has to be versatile.

Lucky for me (and you) this cranberry pecan chicken salad has all three and more. When I prep this chicken salad, I can have it for lunch all week. It’s the perfect meal prep dish because if you’re already making shredded chicken, you can use have in this chicken salad and it just makes a lot so you can have it for lunch throughout the week. You can also easily change up what is added to this chicken salad (like swapping with shredded turkey) without totally ruining it. It’s really whatever you love!

For me, salads have to have a lot of texture and crunch otherwise I just feel like it’s slimy and boring. This chicken salad with cranberries and pecan have the right amount of crispy tang from the granny smith apples. It lend a balance to the fresh crispiness of the celery and the bite from the shallots. Then toss in some nutty flavors from the pecan and sweet tartness of the dried cranberries and this salad is truly a dream come true. The lean shredded chicken amps up the protein in this dish to keep you full and satiated.

cranberry pecan chicken salad on top of toasted bread

I like serving this open-faced on top of some toasted bread or a croissant half with a side of garlic fries or Cajun fries. Of course potato chips are a classic choice as well. You can also scoop a large amount and put it on top of a chopped salad for double the salad. You know what I did that was also so freaking good? I used corn tortilla chips as the vessel to eat this chicken salad. Give it a try!

How to Make Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

  • Shred the chicken. If you’re using a rotisserie chicken, shred by hand and measure out 3 cups or 375 grams of chicken and add it to a large bowl.
  • Chop all the other ingredients. Chop the celery, Granny smith apple, and shallots and add it to the shredded chicken along with dried cranberries and chopped pecans.
  • Toss in mayo and plain Greek yogurt. Add 1/2 cup of mayo and 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt to the large bowl and mix everything up until ingredients are evenly coated and distributed throughout.
  • Chill and/or serve at room temperature. At this point, you can serve as is at room temperature or cover and put in the refrigerator to chill and eat later.
cranberry pecan chicken salad sits on top of bread that has been bitten into

cranberry pecan chicken salad in a large white bowl

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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

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A high protein salad filled with sweet and savory flavors and lots of texture and crunch. It is a great salad to meal prep and have throughout the week.

Course SaladCuisine AmericanKeyword chicken salad recipe, cranberry pecan chicken salad, easy chicken salad

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 0 minutes Total Time 15 minutes

Servings 6
Calories 519kcal
Author Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 130 grams chopped celery this was about 3 stalks of celery for me
  • 160 grams diced Granny smith apple this was 1 large apple for me
  • 1 large shallot finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Ground black pepper

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Instructions

  • Add shredded chicken to a large bowl then add all the other ingredients on top.mayo and plain greek yogurt with freshly ground black pepper on top of diced apples, shallots, celery, pecans, cranberries, and shredded chicken in a large white bowl
  • Using a large spoon or spatula, toss the ingredients together until everything is evenly distributed and coated in the mayo and Greek yogurt.all the ingredients for the cranberry pecan chicken salad is mixed together in a large white bowl with a silicone spoon
  • Serve at room temperature or cover and put in the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (188 grams) | Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g

FAQs

how do i get shredded chicken?

Typically I buy a rotisserie chicken and shred the chicken by hand. I have also made this salad by putting 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts into the Instant Pot and cooked it on high pressure for 15 minutes and shredded it with 2 forks when they’re done.

What else can i add to this chicken salad?

You can truly add any other toppings or ingredients you think would be good in a chicken salad. Raisins, dried apricots, chopped walnuts, and grapes are additions I’ve seen people use. You can also substitute shredded turkey for the chicken.

how do i store leftovers?

Cover and store the chicken salad in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Before eating, give it a good mix and that’s it!

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