This is my favorite chicken salad. Ever.
Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
There’s a reason this cranberry pecan chicken salad is my favorite chicken salad ever and the reason is quite simple: it’s the best chicken salad I’ve ever tasted. It’s my go to recipe. It’s tried and true recipe that I’ve made at least a dozen times. I use it in sandwiches. I use it in wraps. I top crackers with it. I eat it straight from the bowl and savor every bite of it.
I first made this recipe during the summer of 2013. It was love at first bite. However punny that may be, it’s indeed the truth. I loved this cranberry pecan chicken salad so much that I made it again. And then again. And then again. There’s some sitting in my refrigerator right now and I’m tempted to go downstairs and get another bowl of it. Maybe I will. Or maybe I’ll save it for lunch tomorrow. Oh the tough decisions I face right now.
You can use any type of chicken you prefer in this recipe. Leftover, rotisserie, grilled, slow cooked. I’ve used all of the above. The most recent batch I made was made using a whole chicken I cooked in my slow cooker. A 4 pound whole chicken was able to make two batches of this chicken salad. WIN!
If you don’t have pecans, you can use walnuts in place of them. I’ve made this with walnuts and it tastes equally delicious. If you don’t have celery seed, you may leave that out as well. I wouldn’t omit anything else as it will change the flavor.
Easy to make: once you chop your cooked chicken, combine it with the pecans, celery and dried cranberries. Then make the sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken mixture, mix well. BOOM. You just made the best damn chicken salad ever!
- 2 C cubed or chopped chicken
- ⅓ C celery, chopped
- ¼ C chopped pecans
- ⅓ C dried cranberries
- ⅓ C sour cream
- ⅓ C mayo
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp celery seed
- ¼ tsp dried dill weed
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, pecans, celery and dried cranberries.
- In another bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, cider vinegar, celery seed, ground pepper, garlic powder, dill, salt and sugar. Pour over the chicken mixture. Mix well.
The photos and post for this recipe were updated in June 2014.