|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 57g||74%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||46%|
|Total Carbohydrate 27g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 19g|
|Vitamin C 6mg||28%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Apple pecan chicken salad is a fan-favorite main dish salad recipe. The combination of tender chicken, crisp pecans, tart apples, and a creamy honey mustard dressing is fantastic.
Like all chicken salads, using a rotisserie chicken often brings the best results. Most other chicken cooking methods do not come close to matching the tender result of these grocery store birds. There is just something about roasting chickens while on a spit that results in the most tender and flavorful meat. Remove the meat from the bird and cut it into large chunks.
You can double or triple this recipe if you would like. When hot summer weather is at hand, there's nothing nicer than having a huge batch of fabulous apple pecan chicken salad in the fridge, ready and waiting for you. Just add some bakery muffins or breadsticks, some iced tea or white wine, and you have a fabulous meal with absolutely no cooking at all.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons honey mustard
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 cups coarsely chopped cooked chicken
1 medium Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
1 cup small pecans
1/2 cup dried cherries, or cranberries
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Combine mayonnaise, honey mustard, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl.
Stir in cooked chicken, chopped apple, pecans, and dried cherries or cranberries to coat.
Cover and chill salad for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
- Store any leftovers of the salad, well covered, in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- You can cook your own chicken for this apple pecan chicken salad recipe. Try baking chicken breasts, on the bone or off, in parchment paper, or simmer them gently in water until they just reach 160 F. When the meat stands after cooking, the temperature will rise to 165 F, which is the safe final temperature for chicken breasts.
- Or try cooking a whole chicken on a rotisserie on your grill; you need special equipment and instructions for that task. You can cook large batches of chicken this way, let the meat cool, cube it, then store it in the freezer in 2-cup portions for recipes like this one.