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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

April 23, 2016 (Last Updated: October 18, 2020)

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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is perfect on a croissant or just eaten with a fork! Made with chunks of chicken, dried cranberries and chopped pecans.

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!

A croissant filled with chicken salad and a slice of lettuce.

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

Bowls filled with  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 filled with a chicken salad with cranberries and pecans.


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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad on a croissant.

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Chunked chicken with dried cranberries and pecans
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 239 kcal


  • 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


  • Place cranberries, pecans and chicken in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar together.
  • Add mayonnaise mixture and green onions to chicken mixture, stir lightly. 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 8gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 86mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.6mg
Keyword chicken salad with nuts, chicken salad with pecans, cranberry pecan chicken salad
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.



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  • Reply
    August 24, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    5 stars
    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!

    • Reply
      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!

    • Reply
      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

    5 stars
    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Katie Crenshaw
    April 25, 2016 at 9:00 am

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

    • Reply
      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

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

    • Reply
      April 26, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Sorry about causing all that drool! Just trying to make you hungry ๐Ÿ™‚

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