Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is a delightful mix of sweet, savory, and crunchy elements, making it perfect for a light lunch or a sophisticated addition to any gathering. The tartness of the cranberries and the nutty crunch of pecans complement the creamy, rich flavor of the chicken beautifully. Here’s a recipe to prepare this refreshing salad:


For the Chicken Salad:

  • Cooked chicken: 3 cups, shredded or chopped (you can use rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken)
  • Dried cranberries: 1/2 cup
  • Pecans: 1/2 cup, toasted and chopped
  • Celery: 1/2 cup, finely chopped
  • Green onions: 1/4 cup, thinly sliced
  • Mayonnaise: 3/4 cup (adjust based on preference)
  • Plain yogurt or sour cream: 1/4 cup (for a lighter alternative to mayo)
  • Dijon mustard: 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Honey: 1 teaspoon (optional, for extra sweetness)

For Serving:

  • Mixed greens or lettuce leaves: For plating
  • Croissants or bread: If making sandwiches
  • Additional pecans and cranberries: For garnish


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Toasting pan (for pecans)
  • Knife and cutting board


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