Holiday Chicken Salad

During the holiday season, we’re busy, and many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking.  For a fast and delightful meal, make a chicken salad with lots of flavor and the sweet tang of fruit-juice sweetened dried cranberries.  I’m calling it Holiday Chicken Salad, but it is really a year-round favorite of mine.  You may add or delete ingredients to meet your family’s need. If you have baked chicken left over, make a salad.  It’s also a fast dinner fix with a store-rotisserie chicken as prep time is only 15 minutes.  Chilling at least an hour helps flavor to mingle.  It’s even better the second day.


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Serve it on lettuce as a salad with a side of fresh tomatoes, or on a croissant for a great sandwich.





Holiday Chicken Salad

Use organic when available. Serves 6



Holiday Chicken Salad

Serve on lettuce or make sandwiches. This chicken salad will please the whole family and company too!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken salad, holiday chicken salad
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup fruit-juice sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped apple
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • pepper to taste


  • Put mayonnaise in bowl and add seasoning salt and paprika
  • Mix and blend in dried cranberries, celery, apple, onion, and nuts
  • Mix chicken in well
  • Add a tablespoon of maynnaise if it is too dry
  • Add pepper to taste and sprinkle a few pecans on top
  • Chill 2 hours before serving













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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

20 thoughts to “Holiday Chicken Salad”

  1. Oh Yum. This is one of those things to have on hand during the holidays. So while you are preparing the holiday dinner, your family will have something very tasty to snack on or place on a bed of lettuce or in a croissant for a heavier meal. Great and I am pinning for the future. TFS

  2. Adding cranberries and apples makes chicken salad sound extra special and delicious this time of the year. I can see using turkey this way, too, after Thanksgiving.

    1. Yes it would be a great way to use left over turkey. I love cranberries and apples and the the addition of pecans makes it perfect for me. Have a lovely day Pat.

  3. I absolutely love chicken salad and this recipe sounds amazing – I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s – you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

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