Easy Chicken Salad Recipe With Grapes And Pecans – Unsophisticook (2022)

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This delicious chicken salad with grapes and pecans is quick, delicious, and satisfying… A simple 6-ingredient recipe that makes the BEST chicken salad sandwich!

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Chicken Salad With Grapes and Pecans

Growing up, chicken salad wasn’t really on my radar. I mean, we had plenty of other mayo-based salads, like tuna salad and egg salad, but never a chicken with mayo-style salad.

I was much older when I tried it for the first time at little restaurant near my dad’s Lake Erie cottage.

This restaurant was well known for two things: the most amazing thick, hand cut French fries (seriously SO good!) and the very BEST chicken salad recipe. I totally fell in love with it!

No joke — after trying it just once, I ordered their chicken grape salad croissant (with the fries, of course) nearly every time we visited. Oh, and they had the most drool-worthy homemade pies, too!

Yeah, I may have gained a few pounds that summer, LOL…

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Best Recipe Chicken Salad

Anyhow, my chicken salad with grapes recipe is very similar to theirs. It’s packed with all of my favorite ingredients: lots of juicy grapes for a touch of sweetness, a bit of crunchy celery, and plenty of roasted pecans.

The sweet red seedless grapes are balanced out by a simple 2-ingredient creamy dressing which is seasoned with just salt and pepper. This is a classic chicken salad that’s sure to be a new favorite!

PRO TIP: Roasting nuts is one of my favorite ways to add extra flavor to any recipe. Making your own roasted chopped pecans using whole pecans is the best way to dress up any classic recipe.

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Plus you’ll also save some money by making them yourself! Learn how to toast nuts in your oven, or you can also toast pecans in your microwave.

Healthy Chicken Salad Hack

This creamy chicken salad has ALL of the summery flavor that I crave, while staying more on the healthy end of the spectrum. All thanks to an easy little hack…

I’m really not a huge fan of mayonnaise, so I use a half-and-half mixture of mayo and plain Greek yogurt in the salad dressing. This simple hack lightens up the dressing a bit, while adding a slight tang. Not to mention it’s a great way to add a little extra protein!

I highly encourage you to try it — I promise, you won’t even miss the full-on mayo.

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Easy Canned Chicken Salad Recipe

Whether we’re talking cookouts, pool parties, or baby showers, this chicken grape salad is a great recipe for feeding a hungry crowd all summer long! Especially when you use my simple recipe that makes 12 servings in almost no time at all.

My secret? Member’s Mark canned chicken breast from Sam’s Club! Making this chicken salad with canned chicken cuts down on the meal prep time a ton.

AND your salad will still be just as delicious as if you spent the time cooking your own chicken. High quality canned chicken breasts are hard to come by, and this one has great flavor and texture at a budget-friendly price.

You could also make this recipe with a rotisserie chicken (as well as poached or baked chicken breasts), if you’re willing to spend a few minutes shredding it.

Not sure how to best remove the chicken from the bones and/or shred it? I actually have a post with some useful tips on how to shred a rotisserie chicken that you can check out!

Hint #1: shred it while it’s still warm…

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Best Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

This easy chicken salad recipe with grapes makes a BIG batch, which is perfect for our larger family (or when you’re hosting guests). But even if you’re not feeding an army, this recipe only gets better as it chills.

It’s just as tasty the next day, as it is when it’s fresh. And it’s super versatile, so it definitely won’t go to waste!

For example, this chicken grape salad makes for a delicious meal when served as chicken salad sandwiches on croissants. My kids love (like really LOVE) the big, fluffy croissants from Sam’s Club, so I grabbed a big tray of them.

At under $6 for 12 giant rolls, they’re an excellent value. And they’re SO good piled high with this simple chicken salad recipe. I should have probably snagged two trays, because they don’t last long around here…

Another super easy meal idea for quick lunches is to serve it on a bed of lettuce. Or you could even fill some larger lettuce leaves to make lettuce wraps.

I also love it on this rye swirl sandwich bread that I find occasionally — lightly toasted for a bit of extra texture. And I’m totally not above eating it straight out of the container, either…

What to serve with chicken salad?

This recipe is very filling, so we typically keep our sides easy and minimal. We just purchase a large bunch of grapes and serve what we don’t use in the salad alongside of our sandwich.

Another simple option is pretzel chips. They’re always a great addition to sandwiches, and you can grab a huge bag of them for a steal at Sam’s Club. I’m ALL about no-cook summer meals made simple, and this is about as easy as it gets!

Need something a little more hearty to round out your meal? A pasta salad is always a good choice! Try this delicious lemony orzo salad or this old fashioned macaroni salad.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, shred the drained canned chicken with two forks.
  2. Add the celery, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, roasted pecans (see: How To Toast Nuts), salt, and pepper, and mix well to combine. Gently fold in the diced grapes.
  3. Serve on croissants, toasted bread, crackers, or lettuce, as desired.

Notes

Storage: Leftover chicken salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. Freezing is not recommended.

Additional ingredient suggestions: change this recipe up by substituting or adding green grapes, chopped apple, red onions, green onions, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, walnuts, or even some fresh herbs.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 12 servingsServing Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 279Total Fat: 19.4gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 55.1mgSodium: 489.2mgCarbohydrates: 7.0gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 6.5gProtein: 18.1g

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long can chicken salad sit out?

Chicken salad can sit out for about 2 hours at room temperature below 90°F. On a hot summer day, the time is reduced to just one hour.

How long is chicken salad good for in the fridge?

Chicken salad that is properly stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator will last for 3 to 5 days.

Can you freeze chicken salad?

Freezing mayo-based dressings causes the emulsion to break down and to separate upon thawing, so I would not recommend freezing this chicken salad recipe.

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More Canned Chicken Recipes To Try

If you like this chicken salad recipe, you might also enjoy these other delicious canned chicken recipes:

  • Packed with loads of mixed veggies and diced canned chicken breast, these 4-ingredient mini chicken pot pies are a quick and easy weeknight meal… I love baking them in individual ramekins for easy serving!
  • This easy buffalo chicken dip recipe will be the star of your next tailgate… It uses just six ingredients, and you can make it in the oven or the crockpot!

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FAQs

Do you put eggs in chicken salad? ›

Southern style chicken salad is usually made with eggs, relish, red onion, celery, mustard, mayo and spices. Different people use slightly different ingredient in their southern chicken salad.

What is on arbys chicken salad? ›

The salad is loaded with shredded or cubed chicken, pecans, grapes, apples, and celery and coated with mayonnaise. Think of it as a chicken Waldorf salad served in bread. It's a delicious and refreshing sandwich that'll surely satisfy your taste buds.

How can I make canned chicken taste better? ›

Any opportunity to make the canned chicken juicy by combining it with a sauce or some sort of a creamy base will make the protein live up to its true potential, and in this recipe, it's combined with cream cheese and canned cream of chicken soup for maximum flavor.

Do you put eggs in chicken salad with grapes? ›

Classic Chicken Salad is filled with tender chicken, hard-boiled eggs, sweet red grapes and crunchy celery and onion.

Why is my chicken salad bland? ›

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What brand of mayonnaise does Arby's use? ›

Fun fact – we use low fat mayo or mayo made with olive oil, but we use regular Miracle Whip.

Does Arby's still have the pecan chicken salad? ›

The Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich will not return to our Menu at this time. We will share your request with our Menu & Product Development Team for the future. Wish Arbys offered this sandwich year round.

Does Arby's have Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich? ›

Arby's Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich, with its diced chicken, red grapes, apples, celery and pecans, is your reminder this summer to slow down, be in the moment, and enjoy the simple things.

Can you freeze chicken salad? ›

Luckily, it is possible to freeze chicken salad for later use. Assuming your chicken salad hasn't been left out at room temperature for more than two hours, as advised by the FDA, you can store chicken salad in a plastic bag or airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

What goes with grilled chicken salad? ›

Alongside hot grilled chicken, sometimes all you really need is a salad to keep things cool in the summer heat. Go with something crisp and light, like coleslaw, or something heftier, like pasta salad, depending on your mood.

Should you rinse canned chicken? ›

Keep food stored away from chemicals, like cleaning supplies and other toxins. Rinse can top before opening. Once opened, use within 5-7 days in a separate container in the refrigerator or freezer. Nutrition: Excellent source of shelf-stable protein.

Are you supposed to cook canned chicken? ›

It is extremely beneficial to keep some on hand at your home. One of the best things about it is that canned chicken is already cooked, and you can just add it right into your dish!

What is the point of canned chicken? ›

When the chicken is canned, it creates a barrier that protects against bacteria and removes the oxygen on which bacteria feeds (via Cook Think). So, canning chicken essentially freezes the meat in time at the perfect point –- just before it's ready to be eaten but before it spoils.

How do you thicken up chicken salad? ›

How to Thicken Up Southern-Style Chicken Salad. If you find that you have too much dressing for your preference, you can thicken the chicken salad by adding more chicken, almonds, celery, cranberries, or grapes. You might also like to stir in some chopped hardboiled eggs.

What is a substitute for celery in chicken salad? ›

If you're not going to be using celery in this chicken salad, you probably do want something with a bit more texture and flavour and a red pepper works wonderfully in this. Next, chop a bit of parsley to add a vegetal and herbal note to the chicken salad — dill is also a great alternative if you have it on hand!

How do you jazz up store bought chicken salad? ›

You could easily add crumbled bacon, or raisins, or cashews, or even mix in a little curry powder to the mayo. Of course, homemade mayo puts this salad over the top. But again, a good quality store-bought mayonnaise works perfectly well, too. After cooking the chicken, the salad comes together in only about 15 minutes!

Why is my chicken salad so dry? ›

Why is my chicken salad dry? If your chicken is dry, your chicken salad will have a dry texture. Adding more mayonnaise isn't the solution, but rather, adding an element like lemon juice instantly elevates the texture and taste.

Why is my chicken salad runny? ›

If you add the celery or any other watery vegetables that may release water before you thoroughly mix the mayo and chicken, you're likely to cause extra liquid to release. This may cause your creamy chicken salad to turn into a watery chicken salad.

What kind of bread does Arby's use on their market sandwiches? ›

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These are the feel-good sandwiches of the year. When thick cut honey wheat bread meets generous cuts of oven roasted meats and fresh produce, the result is one serious sandwich.

What does Arby's fry their fries in? ›

Homestyle Fries: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (may contain one or more of the following: canola, soybean, cottonseed, sunflower, corn, palm), Modified Potato Starch and/or Modified Corn Starch, Rice Flour, Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), Xanthan Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Acid ...

Is Arby's roast beef real or processed meat? ›

No, it's not "liquid meat"

Nothing about it sounds good, and it's a weirdly enduring story. They did some digging, and went straight to the source: Arby's Quality Assurance. They confirmed there's absolutely no truth the story, and said that their roast beef is, in fact, completely beef.

Is Arby's pecan chicken salad healthy? ›

Arby's pecan chicken salad sandwich is one of the most nutritious picks on the menu, according local registered dietitian Nour Zibdeh.

How much does Arby's Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich cost? ›

It comes in snack, small, medium, and large sizes. You can get the sandwich on its own for $5.79 or as part of a meal that comes with one side and a drink for around $8.69. The Orange Cream Shake starts at $1.99 for the snack-sized option.

How much is the pecan chicken salad at Arby's? ›

Arby's Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich features a salad mixture of diced chicken, red grapes, apples, celery, pecans, and mayo served with green leaf lettuce on toasted honey wheat bread. Prices vary with location but it should cost around $5.59 for the sandwich.

Is Arby's chicken sandwich real chicken? ›

Chicken Sandwiches, Tenders & More

Arby's Premium Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Tenders and Crispy Chicken Sandwiches are the real deal, made from 100% premium chicken breast.

How many calories in a Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich from Arby's? ›

Arby's Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad sandwich is 'good mood food'? If consuming 840 calories, 6 grams of saturated fat, 1,220 milligrams of sodium and 20 grams of sugar at lunchtime puts you in a good mood, then by all means, try Arby's Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad Sandwich.

How many carbs are in an Arby's Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich? ›

Arby's Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich Nutrition Facts
Serving Size305g
Total Carbohydrates83g28%
Dietary Fiber6g24%
Sugars18g
Protein28g56%
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Can you freeze chicken salad with grapes and pecans? ›

Shelf Life and Thawing Suggestions

Frozen chicken salad will keep in the freezer for three months or more. However, we highly suggest consuming your supply as soon as possible for optimal flavor. To defrost, just transfer the frozen chicken salad in the fridge and leave the dish to thaw overnight.

Can you freeze chicken salad with grapes? ›

Can you freeze chicken salad with grapes? It is not recommended to freeze grapes as they take a long time to defrost. This can result in chicken salad with difficult-to-eat grape pieces. Unless you want hard grapes in your chicken salad, avoid freezing the grapes.

Can you freeze grapes? ›

To ensure maximum freshness, keep your grapes in the freezer for up to a year from the date on the label. Eat frozen grapes directly out of the freezer, or incorporate them into a sweet recipe.

How long do I boil eggs? ›

4 minutes for slightly set yolk and set white. 5 minutes for a medium cooked firmer yolk and white. 6 minutes for hard boiled with lightly soft yolk. 8 minutes for firmly hard boiled.

How do I make hard boiled eggs? ›

Place your eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover, remove from the heat and set aside 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, cool in ice water and peel.

How many calories are in a chicken egg salad? ›

Chicken salad, with egg (0.5 cup) contains 3g total carbs, 2.5g net carbs, 21.7g fat, 17.3g protein, and 279 calories.

How long do you boil chicken to cook? ›

Thin cutlets will cook in about 8 minutes; large chicken breasts will need up to 15 minutes. The chicken is done when it registers 165°F in the thickest part of the meat with an instant read thermometer. You can also cut into the chicken to see if it's cooked through.

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