Better than Deli Chicken Salad w/ Fruit and Nuts!

Nicole H.


I don't know about everyone else, but I just can't go by the deli counter in my local grocery store without stopping by and getting a container of their chicken salad with fruit and nuts. Who needs crackers or breads when you can eat it by the spoonful straight from the container!

I finally decided it was time to master this recipe on my own. After many attempts (and a few near-failures!) I think I have created this recipe about as delicious and as close to the real deli-counter deliciousness as possible!

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10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


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3/4 c
mayonnaise, light (i use hellman's!)
3/4 c
whipped dressing (i use miracle whip!)
1/2 c
cranberries, dried (i use craisins!)
1/2 c
golden raisins
1 Tbsp
dijon mustard
1 Tbsp
1/4 c
chopped walnuts
1/4 c
almond slivers
2 lb
cooked, shredded chicken breast

How to Make Better than Deli Chicken Salad w/ Fruit and Nuts!


  • 1Cook chicken breast in a shallow pan filled with water. (You can also add some diced onion into the water at this point if you enjoy the onion flavoring in your chicken salad... I do this and it's wonderful, and yet still passes as not having onions to those that just don't like onion crunchiness in their chicken salad!)

    After chicken is fully cooked (approximately 20 minutes, turning to ensure all sides are cooked evenly) use a fork to shred your chicken breast into long strips. Place in the fridge to cool.
  • 2In a small bowl, add your 1/2 cup of golden raisins. Pour water into the bowl to cover all of the raisins. Let them sit while you prepare the rest of the recipe. (This makes your raisins plump and juicy... this is a must-do step for the perfect soft, moist fruit!)
  • 3In a large bowl, mix together 3/4 cup of real mayo, 3/4 cup of whipped dressing, 1 TB of dijon mustard, and 2 tb of honey. Beat well.
  • 4Strain the water off of your raisins and dry them on paper towels.
  • 5Add raisins, cranberries, walnuts, and almonds to your mayo mixture.
  • 6Add shredded chicken breast to your mayo mixture.
  • 7Serve chilled; on bread, croissants, or crackers!

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About Better than Deli Chicken Salad w/ Fruit and Nuts!

Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #best, #deli, #all-american

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