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Chunky Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans

This chicken salad with grapes is ready in a snap when using rotisserie chicken and a few quick chops of pecans, sweet onion and celery. —Julie Sterchi, Jackson, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1-1/4 cups seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion, optional
  • Lettuce leaves or whole wheat bread slices, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add the chicken, grapes, pecans, celery and, if desired, onion; mix lightly to coat. If desired, serve with lettuce leaves or whole wheat bread.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup chicken salad: 311 calories, 22g fat (4g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • MamaMeese
    Jul 7, 2020

    A trusty, classic chicken salad recipe. We had ours on croissants! Mmmm....

  • Lisa
    May 23, 2020

    This is a great recipe! I made it as directed the first time. I have since made it adding cream cheese, apples, bacon, avocado and garlic. The sweet and savory together are fantastic!

  • bosoxinny
    Mar 5, 2020

    I thought this was awful. After one initial bowl that I struggled through, I tossed the whole thing out. I am pretty sure I know what the taste problem was for me. As suggested, I used a rotisserie chicken and I feel like it threw the entire flavor of the dish off. I probably won't make this particular recipe again, but if I decide in the future that I've got a hankering for chicken salad, I will definitely be using plain jane chicken breats.

  • tiaharts
    Sep 16, 2019

    This chicken salad is perfect! I've been searching for this recipe for years and have made it twice in two weeks.

  • Kedre
    Feb 13, 2019

    This is the chicken salad I’ve been looking for!! I didn’t change a thing. It is just like the chicken salad sandwich on croissants I used to get at a little restaurant on the lake. It has been closed for several years now so I’ve really missed them. They never would give out the recipe even after they closed. It is a recipe that you can add to if you want. Next time I make it I will shred rotisserie chicken breast and maybe add the chopped craisins mentioned in one of your reviews. Thank you!!! I love it.

  • pajamaangel
    Jun 6, 2017

    This is a wonderful version of chicken salad. I did use light mayo and light sour cream to make this a tad bit less caloric. There were no left-overs and we all had it different ways. I had it on a sandwich and my husband had it just in a bowl. He actually ate it right out of the bowl I made it in. :)

  • Rosa
    Jan 5, 2017

    BEST chicken salad EVER!!!! My husband and son asked for more the next day, so of course, I doubled the recipe.

  • luddie1947
    May 30, 2015

    What a fantastic recipe for chicken salad! This is not my momma's Indiana chicken salad but a whole lot better!! It is not sweet but tangy and an almost duplicate of a local family-owned grocery store here in Baton Rouge recipe that I love but is ubber expensive so a rare treat. I did not add the onion and my only change was I poached my chicken breasts seasoning the water with poultry seasoning, grey sea salt (found in my son's kitchen when I packed him to move and since I'm sure it was left from last girlfriend since he rarely cooks I appropriated) and pepper. It takes less than 20 minutes to poach the chicken breasts (I used boneless-skinless) and I like the taste of the sort of pure chicken if you will as opposed to the rotisserie and I was trying to make it as close to the store- bought as I could get!! Throw in a handful of Craisins as an extra surprise!!

  • sherrienichols
    Jan 4, 2015

    This recipe has become one of our favorites.

  • Aidenmaddiemom
    Apr 29, 2014

    The grapes give this a nice flavor