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deluxe honey pecan chicken salad

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Debbie Quimby
Vicksburg, MS

Another one of those recipes that I have to keep copies of on hand because I get so many requests for it. Great on croissants or with any type of cracker.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We could eat this chicken salad for lunch every day. It's that good. Sweet, with just a hint of tang, the dressing is delicious. When the dressing is mixed with the chopped chicken breast, pecans, grapes, and dried cranberries, it's a wonderful bite. Serve in lettuce cups, as a sandwich, or just enjoy this chicken salad right from the bowl. It's light and refreshing for summer.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 4 -6
prep time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For deluxe honey pecan chicken salad

  • 4 c
    cooked chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 1/2 c
    green or red seedless grapes, sliced
  • 1 c
    pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
    sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3/4 c
    celery, chopped fine (optional)
  • 1 tsp
    poppy seeds (optional)
  • seasoning to taste (I use Cajun seasoning, like Tony Cachere)

How To Make deluxe honey pecan chicken salad

Test Kitchen Tips
4 cups of cooked chicken equals about 2 large chicken breasts or 3 medium-sized chicken breasts. We opted to add the dried cranberries (along with the grapes) and used 1/2 cup.
  • Chicken, grapes, celery, and pecans in a bowl.
    Combine seasoned chicken, grapes, celery (if using), and pecans in a large bowl; set aside.
  • Mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, and poppy seeds in a bowl.
    Mix mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, and poppy seeds in a small bowl to blend.
  • Dressing and chicken mixed together.
    Add to chicken mixture. Toss well to coat. Serve over lettuce, or with your favorite bread or crackers.
  • Two plates of Deluxe Honey Pecan Chicken Salad.
    Note: The original recipe doesn't call for celery. I add it when I want to change the taste up a bit and add a little more crunch. It's equally delicious either way. Another variation is to use dried cranberries in place of the grapes.