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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

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

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.

 

If you make this recipe, Iā€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or snap a picture and tag me on Instagram #beyondthechickencoop

 

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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Potassium 108mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 1.5%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    SusanM
    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!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      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.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      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!

  • Reply
    Smitha
    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

  • Reply
    Amanda
    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!

  • Reply
    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™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 26, 2016 at 4:36 am

      That pretty much sums up our feelings too!

  • Reply
    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
      Kathy
      April 26, 2016 at 4:37 am

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

  • Reply
    mira
    April 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm

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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 26, 2016 at 4:38 am

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

  • Reply
    Smitha
    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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 26, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Thanks! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      The cranberries and pecans make this a winner!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    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!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 26, 2016 at 4:41 am

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

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