Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

CRANBERRY PECAN CHICKEN SALAD

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Cranberry pecan chicken salad is a delicious combination of tender chicken, juicy cranberries, and crunchy pecans. It is all brought together with a luscious Greek yogurt sauce. The creamy sauce adds a tangy twist, complementing the sweetness of cranberries and the nuttiness of pecans. This chicken salad comes together effortlessly for a satisfying meal. Also, it is fantastic for meal prep!

Why You Will Love This Chicken Salad

  • This chicken salad is easy to make and has the delicious flavors of cranberries and pecans.
  • The cranberries and apples give a burst of sweet and tart flavor.
  • The pecans add a nuttiness and crunch to the salad.
  • You can store it in the refrigerator for meal prep!
  • The sauce is creamy and flavorful while being lightened up.

What Is Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad?

This chicken salad is made with chopped fully cooked chicken and has the addition of flavorful dried cranberries, pecans, celery, apple, and red onion. Also, this chicken salad is tossed in a creamy sauce made with Greek yogurt. It is the ultimate combination of flavors for a mouthwatering chicken salad.

Ingredients Needed For Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Ingredients for cranberry pecan chicken salad
  • Chicken: Use fully cooked chicken breast and chop it into bite-sized pieces.
  • Cranberries: Roughly chop the dried cranberries to distribute them throughout.
  • Pecans: Chop the pecans to distribute them evenly.
  • Celery: Finely dice the celery. It adds crunch to the salad.
  • Apples: Finely dice one large apple and remove the core.
  • Red Onion: Finely dice the red onion.
  • Greek Yogurt: The base of the sauce is 0-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Vinegar: Champagne vinegar brightens the sauce and adds another layer of flavor.
  • Rosemary: Complements the flavor of the chicken.
  • Garlic Powder: Adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Salt and Pepper: Salt and pepper to season the sauce and enhance the flavors.

What Chicken To Use

We used fully cooked chicken breast in this recipe. Some options are grilled chicken breasts, rotisserie chicken, slow cooker shredded chicken, or drained canned cooked chicken breast. Just make sure to use fully cooked chicken in this recipe. Also, chop the chicken into small bite-sized pieces for this salad. You could even use leftover cooked turkey instead.

Chopped cooked chicken

How To Make Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Step 1: Chop the fully cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces. After that, roughly chop the dried cranberries and pecans. Then, dice the celery, apple, and red onion.

Step 2: Add the cooked chicken, dried cranberries, pecans, celery, apple, and red onion to a large bowl. Next, mix these ingredients.

Salad ingredients in bowl

Step 3: Add the 0-fat Greek yogurt, champagne vinegar, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a bowl. Then, mix to combine the sauce.

Step 4: Add the sauce to the large bowl and thoroughly mix the salad. After that, serve this salad or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How To Serve

Serve this chicken salad after making it. You can enjoy it right out of the bowl. Or, make lettuce wraps or sandwiches with it. Also, you can add a scoop of it over a salad or enjoy it with crackers. Store leftovers for meal prep.

Expert Tips

  • Chop To Evenly Distribute: Roughly chop the cranberries and pecans to maximize the flavor of this salad. It allows you to get their delicious flavor without having to add a lot of them. Also, it helps evenly distribute the flavor throughout.
  • Use A Chopper: We recommend using a chopper to make preparing the ingredients even easier. I used it to dice the apple, celery, and red onion.
  • Add The Rosemary: The rosemary elevates the flavor of the chicken in this salad. You can use 1/4 teaspoon of fresh chopped rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon of dried rosemary.

How To Store Leftover Chicken Salad

This cranberry pecan chicken salad is excellent for meal prep! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Storing cranberry pecan chicken salad

Variations

  • What Kind Of Apple To Use: We love the sweet and tart flavor of pink lady apples in this salad. For a more tart flavor, use a Granny Smith apple. Or, for a less tart flavor, use a Honey crisp apple.
  • Vinegar Substitution: We used champagne vinegar in this recipe. If you don’t have any champagne vinegar, you can replace it with white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • Onion Substitution: We used a red onion in this salad. You can substitute a sweet or green onion instead.
  • What Pecans To Use: Make this recipe with regular pecans. Or, you could substitute them for salted pecans or candied pecans.
  • Add More Cranberries and Pecans: You can always add more cranberries or pecans to this salad if you would like.
  • Use Walnuts Instead: If you don’t have pecans, you can substitute them for walnuts instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Last?

Store this cranberry pecan chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Is Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Healthy?

We have lightened up this chicken salad! The base of the sauce is 0-fat Greek yogurt, and there is no mayonnaise in this recipe. This salad consists of simple ingredients such as cooked chicken, apples, celery, dried cranberries, and pecans.

Can This Chicken Salad Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Yes! You can make this chicken salad with cranberries and pecans ahead of time. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy it within three days of making it.

More Salad Recipes To Try Next!

If you try this recipe please be sure to leave us a comment and star rating ★★★★★ letting us know how it turns out for you. We hope you enjoy this cranberry pecan chicken salad!

CRANBERRY PECAN CHICKEN SALAD

4.8 from 9 votes
Recipe by Shawna Course: SaladsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

1

minute
Calories

306

kcal

Cranberry pecan chicken salad is a delicious combination of chicken, juicy cranberries, and crunchy pecans. It’s all brought together with a Greek yogurt sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound of fully cooked chicken breast, chopped

  • 1/2 CUP dried cranberries

  • 1/3 CUP pecans, chopped

  • 1/2 CUP diced celery

  • 1 CUP diced apple, about 1 large apple

  • 1/4 CUP diced red onion or sweet onion

  • For The Sauce
  • 1/2 – 3/4 CUP 0-fat Greek yogurt

  • 1 TSP champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar

  • 1/4 TSP chopped fresh rosemary or 1/8 TSP dried

  • 1/2 TSP garlic powder

  • 1/4 TSP salt

  • 1/8 TSP pepper

Directions

  • Chop the fully cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces. Then, roughly chop the dried cranberries and pecans. Also, dice the celery, apple, and red onion.
  • Add the cooked chicken, dried cranberries, pecans, celery, apple, and red onion to a large bowl. Mix these ingredients.
  • Add the 0-fat Greek yogurt, champagne vinegar, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a separate bowl. Thoroughly mix to combine the sauce.
  • Add the sauce to the large bowl and thoroughly mix the salad. Then, serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Video

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Notes

  • Use a pink lady, Granny Smith, or Honey crisp apple in this recipe.
  • Use fully cooked chicken for this recipe. You can use cooked chicken breast, rotisserie chicken, or drained cooked canned chicken.
  • Store leftover chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • WW Points™: 3 points per serving; this recipe makes 4 servings
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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories306
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 10.2g 16%
    • Saturated Fat 1.5g 5%
  • Cholesterol 89mg 30%
  • Sodium 240mg 10%
  • Total Carbohydrate 15.9g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    • Sugars 11.4g
  • Protein 36.8g 72%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    4 Comments

    1. When I first tasted the salad after preparing it, I thought the onion flavor was overwhelming and there wasn’t enough dressing for the quantity of salad. As luck would have it I didn’t have time to serve it that night for our dinner. So, I brought it back out for the next day’s lunch, serving it over split and toasted mini croissants. WOW! What a difference a day makes! The onion flavor had mellowed and the dressing coated each piece of the salad perfectly, neither dry nor soggy. I did make two small changes to the recipe. I substituted two tablespoons of the Greek yogurt with two tablespoons of mayo. I also substituted prosecco vinegar for the champagne vinegar. The only thing I would do differently the next time is to roast the pecans. They were perfectly fine without roasting but I think it would add another level of flavor.

      • Hi John, thank you for the comment! If the onion flavor is still too strong the day of, you can use sweet onion instead. I’m glad it worked out the second day! I am glad you were able to substitute and use Prosecco vinegar! Great idea on roasting the pecans, that would definitely add great flavor! I’m always trying to save time lol! I am so glad you enjoyed the chicken salad, thank you so much for your comments!

    2. The first time I made this, I thought there wasn’t enough dressing and too much onion. The second time I made I made it, I added light mayo, decreased the onion and added poultry seasoning and it was delicious. I tripled the recipe and had it on hand for all the family that stayed with us over Christmas. It was a huge hit.

      • Hi Susan, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy that your family enjoyed the chicken salad! Thank your for your notes on the recipe.

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