Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries, Apples, and Pecans

Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries, Apples, and Pecans

by Amy Flanigan on June 8, 2014 · 17 comments

Even though this chicken salad has been floating around for ages, I was only introduced to it a few years ago by my friend, Kary.

We were hanging out at her house and she made it for lunch one day. I was practically mesmerized by all the ingredients she was mixing together. It all seemed so odd…and yet wonderful. I knew immediately how much I would love it. I’ve been enjoying it regularly ever since. 

She just served it on its own, but I really love it as a sandwich.

Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries, Apples, and Pecans

Either way, absolutely delicious.

There are a ton of variations on it. This one is mine. (No big surprise that celery isn’t anywhere to be found!)

Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries, Apples, and Pecans
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
• 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
• 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
• 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
• 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
• 1/4 cup diced Granny Smith apple
• 1 can (10 ounce) white chunk chicken breast, broken up into pieces
• salt and pepper
• baby spinach leaves
• 4 croissants or soft dinner rolls

Directions
In a medium bowl, mix together the mayo, yogurt, mustard. Gently fold in the cranberries, pecans, apple, and chicken. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut croissants in half. Place spinach on bottom half, followed by the chicken mixture. Top with other croissant half and enjoy!

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Mom September 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

This chicken salad sandwich was so good, I recently ordered one at Harris Ranch on a road trip. Although Harris Ranch is well-known for their beef, I thought I couldn’t go wrong with this sandwich, too. How disappointed I was when it didn’t compare to this recipe. It was missing the mustard, cranberries and pecans, which turned out to really made a difference. They used red grapes but not enough of them and chopped the apple so small you didn’t really taste or get their crunch. Now I can’t wait to make this again.

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Amy @Very Culinary September 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Oh, I totally agree! I haven’t had this at Harris Ranch, but I’ve bought it from the grocery store before and it’s always so bland. I do love the idea of grapes!

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Shirley Lindsey September 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I use more apple than that. Also, try finishing off the sandwich with toasted, sliced almonds. Not a lot, just a few on top of the chicken salad in the sandwich. Gives it a little extra crunch.

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Kelly August 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

Wow! I love croissants. I love cranberries and apples. I love pecans. Is there any chance I won’t love this sandwich? I can’t wait to make this!

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Stephanie July 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

I absolutely love adding fruit and nuts to chicken salad! It’s a really easy way to make it a little more interesting and WAY less boring. Love the preparation on a croissant, too! Swoon.

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Shawn @ I Wash You Dry June 19, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I haven’t always been a huge fan of chicken salad sandwiches until recently. And there is not better way to serve them than on a crescent roll! YUM!

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Dani H June 13, 2014 at 3:35 am

Yum!!!

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Joanne June 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I feel like there is so much about chicken salad that is made better by serving it on a croissant. I like your style.

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Carol @ Wild Goose Tea June 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I crave chicken salad. It was something I had as a child only once a year.
This is such a wonderful variation—-truly. I pinned it. Thank you!

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Mom June 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm

This sandwich is right up my alley. I love this combination and can’t wait to have it for lunch.

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen June 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

My grandma always made chicken salad from the leftover fried chicken from their restaurant. I love it and especially love that you leave out the celery!

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Amy @Very Culinary June 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Oh, that would be the best! But what’s “left over” fried chicken? HA.

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Happy Valley Chow June 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Fantastic chicken salad! Great job :)

Happy Blogging!

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Amy @Very Culinary June 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

thanks!

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Librarian Lavender June 8, 2014 at 5:35 am

This looks so, so good! I wish I would have had that for breakfast this morning, yum!

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How to Philosophize with Cake June 8, 2014 at 5:04 am

That looks great! Love how you put it on a croissant, anything would taste good on one of those! :)

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Amy @Very Culinary June 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Right?? I love fresh croissants!

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