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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 8 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
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    April 25, 2016 at 6:50 am

    5 stars
    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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.

    • Reply
      April 25, 2016 at 4:39 am

      No judging here….if kids eat free, it’s good for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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    April 25, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I was already drooling when I saw the feature image ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the combination of pecans and dried cranberries โ™ก

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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!

    • Reply
      April 26, 2016 at 4:43 am

      They add such a colorful sweetness!

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      April 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks for noticing! I have made some changes ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you like it!

  • Reply
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ !! Yum!

    • Reply
      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.

    • Reply
      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!

    • Reply
      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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