This Grape Pecan Chicken Salad is perfect for taking to any party or picnic. Eat it on a sandwich or eat it plain. Either way, you will fall in love with it.
So, the first time I had this particular chicken salad was at a church baby shower. I had asked our pastor’s wife if she wouldn’t mind making a bowl of the salad since I had heard everyone raving about hers.
After one bite I had to agree with everyone. It was so good!!!
After the shower I took home a container of extra salad so that my hubby could try it. He went bananas over it. Now part of the flavor came from the bread she brought with it. It came from a local bakery, and it had a little bit of kick to it. So scrumptious!!!!
I just knew that I wanted to make this again for our family. So I called her up and asked if she wouldn’t mind sharing the recipe. I had my pen in hand, and I was ready for the family secret.
She laughed and told me it was just one she had found online a few years ago. Everyone loved it so much that she had continued to make it for dinners and showers.
Seriously???? That’s it? Just a random recipe from online?
I was sort of disappointed that it wasn’t some family recipe that had been handed down through the years. I thought I was on to some secret recipe.
Not that I was planning on keeping it a secret because I love to share fun and new recipes here on the blog. You guys need to enjoy these recipes too. Am I right?
Tips for making Grape Pecan Chicken Salad:
One of my favorite little tips for making this salad even easier is to use a rotisserie chicken from the store. We usually keep bags of the chicken in our freezer for easy meals like this Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake or these Bbq Chicken & Avocado Quesadillas. This time the bag of chicken was going into salad!
This recipe calls for a mixture of mayo and sour cream. But you can also use Greek yogurt, ranch dressing, or a mixture of any them.
The fresh dill gives this Grape Pecan Chicken Salad it’s unique flavor. You may think that it seems like a lot of dill, but when you use fresh herbs you use more.
If you are going to use dried dill for this recipe, you will only use about 1/3 of the amount. Dried herbs have a much more concentrated flavor, so you need to use less.
What do I do if I feel like it has too much dill?
If you make it and feel like the flavor of dill is overwhelming to you, here are a few things you can do to salvage the chicken salad recipe.
- Add more of the other ingredients to tone down the flavor.
- Give it time. Dill is actually an herb that looses strength over time. Refrigerate the chicken salad overnight, and the flavor of the dill may be toned down enough for it to be palatable for you.
- Vinegar can neutralize the flavor of dill, so stir in a little bit of vinegar at a time to the chicken salad until you like the taste.
More chicken salad recipes that you may like:
Hawaiian Chicken Salad – juicy pineapple, crunchy nuts, and spicy peppers mixed with chicken and Greek yogurt makes a delicious and healthy salad
Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad – fresh cherries, cilantro, and walnuts give this salad a delicious twist
Fiesta Chicken Salad – corn, beans, spicy tomatoes, and cilantro give this chicken salad a good Tex Mex flavor
Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad – apple chunks, dried cranberries, and parsley are a great combo. (You can also use chicken in place of the turkey.)
Looking for more ways to use up leftover chicken? You should check out these delicious looking recipes from my friends.
- Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad Wrap from Spend with Pennies
- Quick Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
- Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad from Reluctant Entertainer
I was craving another big bowl of this Grape Pecan Chicken Salad for dinner again, so I headed to the store right away and got the rest of the ingredients.
This is so easy to make, and it makes a giant bowl of chicken salad. It’s perfect for eating with bread or on green salads all week long. Well, it it lasts that long. We usually finish off a bowl in about 2 days with five people munching on it.
What do you serve this Grape Pecan Chicken Salad on?
- Crescent Rolls
- Hawaiian Rolls
- Lettuce Wraps
- Tortilla Shells
Of course, my new favorite way to enjoy this chicken salad is with pretzel crackers. Seriously. You have to try it because you may never use bread again.
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- 6 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
- 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped fine
- 4 cup halved red seedless grapes
- 1 cup finely diced fresh dill (loosely packed)
- 1 cup sour cream* (see note below)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Stir together the chicken, celery, grapes, and pecans.
- Whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, dill, salt, and pepper. Pour into the chicken mixture and stir until completely covered.
- Refrigerate at least 2 hours for the flavors to develop. Serve with bread or pretzel crackers.
*Recipe slightly adapted from cooks.com
**To make this lower in calories, substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g