Cajun Chicken Salad with Pecans

Picnic Cajun chicken salad with pecans on a roll
Terri Pischoff Wuerthner
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
462 Calories
39g Fat
4g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 462
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 852mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 24g
Calcium 56mg 4%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Rumor has it that Grandma devised this recipe to use up two ingredients that were always in abundant supply: chicken (which they raised) and pecans (from the pecan trees on the farm).

Make this salad part of your Cajun Picnic.


  • 4 cups cooked white meat chicken, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups green onions (finely chopped)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup pecans (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients, mixing thoroughly but gently so the salad has a light, fluffy texture.

Make it quicker:

Purchase a cooked chicken from the market or deli, or really cheat by purchasing prepared chicken salad and adding chopped pecans, cayenne pepper, and Tabasco Sauce (though most Cajuns don't cheat when it comes to cooking).​

When poaching or baking a whole chicken for chicken salad, or any dish requiring boneless chicken, one 5-pound (raw) chicken will yield about 2 1/4 pounds of cooked boneless, skinless chicken meat- more than you need for this recipe, but leftover chicken is always wanted for gumbo or jambalaya.

This Southern-style chicken salad is another excellent option, or take a look at our top chicken salad recipes.

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