Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is Sweet tart cranberries mingling with crunchy nutty pecans all with protein filled chicken. It’s great as a sandwich. It’s wonderful with crackers as a spread. It’s perfect on its own in a potluck!
Baby Shower Food
I made this Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad for Maria’s baby shower because both my mom and Maria love chicken, and chicken salads go over so well with them. Maria had asked for more protein filled salads due to the possibility of gestational diabetes. And, my menu was all about easy pre-made salads that I could just take out of the fridge and serve; no muss no fuss on the day of the shower!
Since the baby shower, we’ve made this Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad many times, and it’s always a hit.
Easy to make & budget-friendly recipe
And this recipe is so easy; I bought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. The whole cooked chicken was only $5; a pretty good deal! All I had to do was clean the chicken, shred the meat into the bite sized pieces, and then do a little mixing. Like I said, easy!
My grocery store’s deli even carries shredded cooked chicken, so you could buy that and save yourself the step of having to clean the chicken yourself.
Great for warm weather
My Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is a perfect warm weather lunch or dinner accompaniment.
Chicken tastes just as good cold as it does warm, which makes it a great choice for summer. And the ingredients include pecans and cranberries so this dish is sweet, savory and crunchy all at once. It’s quick and easy to toss this recipe together first thing in the morning and have it chilled and ready to eat for lunch.
It’s also great on bread, so you can make a sandwich if you prefer.
This is the kind of salad I would eat on crackers. My mom used to make a cream cheese and chicken salad what we would serve with crackers. This salad totally reminds me of that chicken salad. Kind of makes me nostalgic.
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I found this recipe from Yesterfood, but I’ve seen countless others on Pinterest and Facebook, all having their own special ingredients. I’ve even gotten many comments about how Grandma used to make this with apples or grapes. It seems that this is a special recipe for lots of people who become very nostalgic with it! And I think, that’s really cool!
Cranberries are a tangy northern American fruit that have become more popular over the years, moving out from their humble position as something we only served at Thanksgiving to a fruit that can be used fresh or dried in a wide range of dishes.
Cranberries are great in cakes and cookies or made in to a sauce to serve with a wide assortment of meats including pork, beef or chicken.
You can buy cranberries that are sweetened, or try simple unsweetened ones. Once you become accustomed to the tang of a cranberry, nothing else will do but a real cranberry with nothing in it.
Cranberries are also great fruits that may protect us from various forms of cancer. They help prevent urinary tract infections. All of the health benefits from cranberries are substantially improved when you eat the whole fruit rather than an extract or in some other processed form. Cranberries are also great sources of vitamin E, manganese and fiber, when consumed in their natural state.
Pecans are also one of the ingredients in this health conscious salad. Nuts contain plenty of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories, as well as lots of vitamins and minerals. So make this salad, and plenty of it to add something nice and healthy to your day.
- grapes that have been cut in half
- any kind of nut
- raisins instead of cranberries
- add a little curry powder
- Greek yogurt instead of mayo
- add in a dash of ranch
- add in chopped apple
- leave the celery out
- serve on coissants
- serve with crackers
- serve in baked wonton cups
- try canned chicken
- serve it on a bed of fresh spinach or lettuce
Other great chicken recipes you’ll love:
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Brined and Roasted Chicken
Italian Apricot Chicken or Golfer’s Chicken
Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Recipe
Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
A budget-friendly delicious and easy to make chicken salad that's perfect for parties or lunches on the go! Use the servings slider to easily adjust the amounts.
- 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- ¾ cup chopped celery
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup dried sweetened cranberries
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- Combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for an hour to allow flavors to combine. Serve chilled.