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cranberry pecan chicken salad in a red bowl.
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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

This cranberry pecan chicken salad is super creamy, easy to make, and makes the best leftovers! A delicious meal that can be served as a wrap, sandwich, or with a side of crackers.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 570kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts about 2 cups of cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 green onion finely sliced
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning or salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh dill
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion chopped into chunks
  • 4 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place the chicken, 1/2 lemon, onions, garlic cloves, Cajun seasoning, parsley, and 4 cups of water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and let it cool completely. Once the chicken cools, dice it or shred it and set it aside. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the mayo, mustard, 2 tsp lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Fold in the chicken, chopped pecans, cranberries, dill, and green onions. Check for seasoning and enjoy! 

Notes

  • If you like your chicken salad sweet and crunchy, add more cranberries and pecans than suggested.
  • You can use store-bought rotisserie chicken to save some time. But homemade chicken is always best!
  • Want to make it spicy? Add some finely diced jalapenos or green chilies. A pinch of cayenne pepper too!
  • Season to taste, add garlic powder, Italian seasoning, or chipotle seasoning for extra flavor.
  • You can also season it with just salt and pepper if you want a more classic chicken salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 1100mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1831IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg