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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

April 23, 2016 (Last Updated: May 18, 2019)

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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is perfect on a croissant or just eaten with a fork!

A bowlful of Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad.

I was shopping at Costco a few weekends ago grazing my way through all the samples.  One of the samples being offered was Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad. I thought it sounded great, but I didn’t give it a try. I have a slight aversion to meats that come out of a foil pouch and have a shelf life.

I know it’s probably all okay, but I just can’t do it. That sample station did give me inspiration though! I came home and made my own chicken salad and you know what? It is pretty awesome!

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad on a croissant with lettuce.

Just imagine: Chunks of chicken, dried cranberries, crunchy pecans and green onions combined in a light  dressing.  Are you drooling yet?

What ingredients are needed for Chicken Salad?

  • Cooked chicken
  • Dried cranberries
  • Chopped pecans
  • Mayonnaise or homemade Miracle Whip
  • Dried mustard
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Chopped onions

Bowls full of pecans, dried cranberries and chicken.

Ways to eat Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

  • Add to a croissant with crisp lettuce
  • Wrap in lettuce leaves for a lettuce wrap
  • Roll in a tortilla with lettuce for a tortilla wrap
  • Serve with crackers
  • Eat straight from the bowl
  • Serve in a hollowed out tomato
  • On homemade sandwich bread

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad in a blue patterned bowl.

Other great salads to try include Oriental Chicken Salad, Pasta and Pea Salad and Black Bean Salad

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A croissant sandwich filled with chicken salad.


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5 from 7 votes
A bowlful of Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad.
Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Chunked chicken with dried cranberries and pecans

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad with nuts, chicken salad with pecans, cranberry pecan chicken salad
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 239 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries lightly chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cubed
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon green onions sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Place cranberries, pecans and chicken in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar together.
  3. Add mayonnaise mixture and green onions to chicken mixture, stir lightly. 

  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    August 24, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I always read reviews before trying a recipe to see if there’s any issues folks ran into, but it looks like all the commenters were busy drooling over the luscious photos! I actually made your recipe with the leftovers from a Costco chicken, oh my goodness is it ever good! I like that there’s not too much mayo and I’m making it every week now as a great lunch, summer dinner, or snack on crackers. Thanks for sharing this terrific recipe!!

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      August 25, 2018 at 6:14 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment! I’m glad to know the recipe was loved as much by you as it is by us! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback! šŸ™‚

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    Kim | Low Carb Maven
    April 27, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Hi Kathy. I feel the same about food in a pouch. Lol. My mother used to make a similar chicken salad with pecans and grapes. I think the cranberries sounds so much nicer and I love the idea of enjoying the salad on croissants which have to be the best invention evvver. Thanks for a great recipe.

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      April 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      I have also had chicken salad with grapes! Totally forgot about that until you mentioned it! I loved that version too!

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    April 27, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Salad is wildly tempting. loved the sald so much i feel hungry. Need a similar one to satisfy my craving

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    April 26, 2016 at 6:41 am

    This is definitely my kind of chicken salad. I love all the flavors you have going on here. The pecans and cranberries sound great!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    April 26, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Indeed this is a droolicious chicken salad, Kathy. Chunks of chicken + dried cranberries +crunchy pecans and fresh basil? So much in love with this! šŸ™‚

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:36 am

      That pretty much sums up our feelings too!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    April 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I’ve had that chicken salad sample at the Costco! I am absolutely 100% positive that your homemade version is so much better!

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:37 am

      Oh good….I’m glad I made my own!

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    April 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    That’s exactly how I like my chicken salad! On a croissant, too! Looks delicious!

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:38 am

      The croissant are a rare treat in our house. It really was wonderful with the chicken salad.

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    April 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Iam a lover of such healthy salads. This one is colorful and appetizing kathy. Iam drooling over. Feel like tossing one and satisfy my craving

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Thanks! šŸ™‚

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    Katie Crenshaw
    April 25, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Kathy, this chicken salad looks fabulous!!! I live the addition of cranberries and pecans! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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      April 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      The cranberries and pecans make this a winner!

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    April 25, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Yep, I’m drooling…all over my keyboard! Nothing like a good homemade chicken salad, I always say! De-lish!!

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Sorry about causing all that drool! Just trying to make you hungry šŸ™‚

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    April 25, 2016 at 6:50 am

    No offense to Costco, but I’m positive you chicken salad blows theirs right outta the water, Kathy! This looks so delicious and flavorful, dear! Chicken salad heaven up in here! Cheers, friend! šŸ˜‰

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:42 am

      Absolute Heaven!

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    David @ Spiced
    April 25, 2016 at 5:16 am

    This sounds like one amazing chicken salad, Kathy! The pecans in there would give this one an excellent crunch. Well done! And wouldn’t you know it, but we made a chicken salad this weekend, too. I didn’t take pictures (maybe next time), but apparently we are both craving some chicken salad right now! šŸ™‚

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:42 am

      I always love a little flavorful crunch!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    April 25, 2016 at 4:09 am

    I love how you put this “salad” on a croissant! I love those. This looks like what I’m hoping Bob Evans makes (don’t mock me for eating there, kids eat free on Tuesdays, ha) The cranberries give it a real punch too! Yum.

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      April 25, 2016 at 4:39 am

      No judging here….if kids eat free, it’s good for me šŸ™‚

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    April 25, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I was already drooling when I saw the feature image šŸ˜‰ Love the combination of pecans and dried cranberries ā™”

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      April 25, 2016 at 4:36 am

      Pecans and cranberries are great together!

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    Manali @ CookWithManali
    April 24, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    The cranberries in there sound awesome!

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:43 am

      They add such a colorful sweetness!

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    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    April 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Kathy, I just love your new website! It looks fantastic! As does this delicious salad. What a delightful combo!

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      April 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks for noticing! I have made some changes šŸ™‚ I’m glad you like it!

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    April 24, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Yes, I CAN imagine how awesome this is, especially since you have it served on a buttery croissant. Totally want this right now šŸ™‚ !! Yum!

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      April 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks, Dawn! My kids loved the chicken salad on the croissants!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 24, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I’m drooling, I’m drooling! This sounds fabulous Kathy! I make chicken salad quite often, but now mine sounds so boring against this one! Love the pecans and the cranberries! On my list!

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    April 24, 2016 at 12:28 am

    I am drooling, I love this kind of salad. And the buns look great too, croissant-like, never had any like that.

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      April 24, 2016 at 4:38 am

      It has quickly become a favorite in our house!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    April 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I tend to nosh all day on dried cranberries (I can’t resist walking by the bag of cranberries without having some). I should definitely build on this and include them in a salad. Looks simple and delicious!

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      April 23, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      I love dried cranberries too! They add a sweet touch to this chicken salad.

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