Summer Essentials: Honeyed Chicken Salad

Andy Anderson !


Around here this is a Summertime staple. Sometimes I throw in grapes, or other bits-and-bobs. I suggest using the base ingredients in this recipe as a foundation, and chuck in whatever suits your fancy.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
No-Cook or Other




  • 8 oz
    chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 3/4 c
    celery, small dice
  • 1/2 c
    mayonnaise, plain variety
  • 1/2 c
    dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c
    sour cream
  • 1/4 c
    pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh clover honey

  • 1/4 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 - 2 pinch
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind

  • 1 - 2 dash(es)
    hot sauce, i prefer frank’s

How to Make Summer Essentials: Honeyed Chicken Salad


  2. Chicken Breasts
    No chicken… No worries. I have made this recipe with turkey breasts, pork; even ham.

    Chopped Pecans
    Pecans are good; however, use what you have. And, to amp things up a bit, toast them before adding to the chicken salad.

    Dried Cranberries
    The cranberries give this recipes bites of sweet; however, raisins would work, or possibly other chopped dried fruit. Have fun with it.
  3. Diced Chicken Breast
    This is the recipe I use to make the diced chicken.
    Do Ahead Essentials: Poached Chicken for Salads

    Homemade Mayonnaise
    If you like good homemade mayonnaise, you might want to check this recipe out. Great fresh flavor in in every spoonful. You may never go back to store-bought again.
    Mayonnaise Essentials: Faux Duke’s Version
  4. I love adding a drop or two of hot sauce to this recipe, just to give it a bit of kick.
  5. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Add all the chicken salad ingredients to a bowl, and gently fold them together.
  7. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Cover, and place in the fridge for a couple of hours (to give the flavors a chance to mingle).
  10. It is chicken salad; serve it the way you want to. Enjoy.
  11. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Summer Essentials: Honeyed Chicken Salad

Course/Dish: Chicken Salads
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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