Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe

This cranberry chicken salad recipe makes a quick Thanksgiving-inspired lunch. Enjoy it as a sandwich or over lettuce to make it a little lighter.

You can make it to use up leftover chicken and other things you probably already have in your refrigerator and pantry. Of course no one will fault you if you cook chicken specifically to make chicken salad.

These cast iron chicken breasts are my favorite way to cook chicken breasts. The recipe makes perfectly cooked chicken every time.

a plate of cranberry chicken salad surrounded by celery, cranberries, pecans, and chicken.

Tips and tricks for this recipe

Making the cranberry chicken salad

Chicken salad is incredibly easy to make. Chop your chicken into cubes of the size you prefer. Add in some fruit, nuts, and celery. Stir together with mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. And serve.

a cutting board with cubed cooked chicken, chopped dried cranberries, walnuts, and celery.

What to serve with chicken salad

Chicken salad makes a great lunch. You can have it as a chicken salad sandwich or in a pita pocket or as a chicken salad wrap. Or just serve it plain over lettuce to reduce your carbs.


Or go Mediterranean and mix chopped chicken with olives, capers, pine nuts for crunch, and a bit of lemon juice in addition to that mayo, salt, and pepper.

Or make a “Chinese” chicken salad with thinly sliced cabbage and carrots and some slivered almonds.

FAQs about this cranberry chicken salad recipe

What could I substitute for the dried cranberries?

I commonly make chicken salad with grapes and apples. There’s no need to peel them. Just chop the fruit into small pieces.

What other nuts could I substitute for the pecans or walnuts?

Try chopped almonds, hazelnuts, or pine nuts.

Can I freeze chicken salad?

Once the chicken salad has been combined, it shouldn’t be frozen. If you want to save this recipe for later, you can freeze the cooked chicken breast for several months.

a bowl of cranberry chicken salad.

Related recipes

Check out other chicken recipes. If you like meatballs, try my braised BBQ chicken meatballs. They are amazing!

Or maybe the Parmesan chicken muffins or chicken and apple meatballs? Or make coconut panko chicken tenders or this pan-roasted chicken breast with mushroom Stroganoff!

Cranberry Chicken Salad

5 from 1 vote
Category: Main Course
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 320kcal
This cranberry chicken salad recipe makes a quick Thanksgiving-inspired lunch.
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  • 1 chicken breast, cooked and cubed see note
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • ¼ cup pecans, walnuts, or other nuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Put the chopped chicken, cranberries, nuts, and celery into a medium bowl.
    1 chicken breast, cooked and cubed, ¼ cup dried cranberries, chopped, ¼ cup pecans, walnuts, or other nuts, toasted and chopped, 1 celery stalk, chopped fine
  • Add the mayonnaise, salt, and pepper and adjust seasonings to taste.
    1 tablespoon mayonnaise, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to five days


  • Check out this cast iron chicken breast recipe to learn how to make perfectly cooked chicken breasts every time.
  • This recipe calls for a small amount of mayonnaise just to hold the ingredients together. Feel free to increase the amount if you like a chicken salad full of mayo.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 759mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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