Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

This is my favorite chicken salad. Ever.

This is my favorite chicken salad recipe and the only recipe I use anymore! | This Gal Cooks

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!

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
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Total time
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
  • 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
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, pecans, celery and dried cranberries.
  2. 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.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ C

This is my favorite chicken salad recipe and the only recipe I use anymore! | This Gal Cooks

My favorite recipe for chicken salad is this Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad. It's creamy, crunchy and sweet! | This Gal Cooks

Original photo taken in 2013.

The photos and post for this recipe were updated in June 2014.


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    • Julie says

      Thank you, Melissa! Ha! I am usually like that with cakes and cookies. I hate nuts in cakes in cookies (although, sometimes they are ok if they are on top of cake!)

      Thanks for the party invite. Headed over now. :)

      • says

        Yeah, I’m the same way with deserts. I’ve just never been a fan of nuts.

        I’m so glad you linked up with me, I know my readers love Foodie Friday because of all the great recipes. I host every week, so I hope I’ll see you there often.

        Have a great weekend

  1. says

    Julie, this chicken salad sounds SOOO good! I love cranberries, so this is totally for me! So much fun to see what everyone is bringing to Meghan’s party and I’m sure she’ll love it all! Thanks for sharing, pinning and happy Friday! :)

    • Julie says

      Thank you, Cindy! I’m about to get comfy on the couch and make my rounds at Meghan’s party! Have a good weekend!

  2. says

    Perfect! I have a bunch of dried cranberries I didn’t know what I was going to do with! Thanks for the recipe for the Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad!

  3. says

    Do you have a “pin” button for this recipe? I am visiting from Strut Your Stuff Saturday and would love to pin the Cranberry Chicken Salad recipe. My store used to carry this and never does so I would love to make it:)



    • Julie says

      Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by! There are social sharing buttons right at the bottom of the post. The Pin It button is all the way to the right of the sharing buttons.

      Have a great weekend!

  4. says

    How sweet a virtual birthday party… love it. I have never had pecans in chicken salad can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this with us on foodie friday.

    • Julie says

      You’re so welcome, Diane! It’s definitely worth trying. The whole combination is so good!

  5. says

    Your chicken salad sounds so good! I LOVE different chicken salads, and always love to see what other people use in theirs! The cranberries and pecans sound delicious in this!

  6. says

    This is such a nice summery salad recipe! I love that you added cranberries and pecan into the chicken salad. I’d love to try eating with crackers, which I’ve never tried that before! Sounds quite addicting!

    • Julie says

      Thank you, Nami! It taste’s great with crackers and makes for a fabulous appetizer when served this way!

    • Julie says

      I love chicken salad too! It’s one of my favs as well. Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

  7. penny deVries says

    Hi I just made this and it’s BY FAR my favorite Chicken Salad. I didn’t see where to add the garlic and dried dill in the directions so I just stirred it in with the mayo/sour cream mixture…delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Hi Penny, Thanks for pointing that out. I have updated the recipe. You were correct to add those ingredients to the mayo/sour cream mixture. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe and thanks for stopping by to let me know! :)


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