Classic Chicken Salad with Grapes is one of my favorite foods. It’s just so darn good! I love to eat it with crackers, with celery and cucumbers, in a wrap, in a crescent roll, or in pretty much any kind of bread or on any kind of vegetable. You just can’t go wrong with this stuff.
I recently made a quick batch of this to take to the park for an easy lunch. The friends that we met there all raved about it, and it got gobbled right up. One friend asked if the recipe for it was on the blog, and I realized I’ve never posted this recipe. Soooo, here it is. I’m glad she asked because this one definitely needs to be shared.
My mom used to make this recipe for special occasions like baby showers or wedding receptions. She would put it in little cream puff shells. The one thing that is different in my version from my mom’s is the grapes. My mom didn’t put grapes in her Classic Chicken Salad.
Personally, I think the ingredients that really make this delicious are the ground sage and the lemon pepper. Just a little of those two things makes all the difference. This recipe is awesome and a total keeper. You are going to love it!
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STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS ON HOW TO MAKE CLASSIC CHICKEN SALAD WITH GRAPES
Frequently Asked Questions & Tips about how to make Classic Chicken Salad with Grapes
can I use a rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken in this recipe?
Yes, you can. If you do, you need to remove any skin and shred or chop the chicken into small cubes to equal 2 cups of chicken. Make sure the chicken is completely cooled before mixing up the salad.
I prefer walnuts over almonds. are walnuts a good substitute for almonds?
Yes, they are. There are several Classic Chicken Salad recipes that call for chopped walnuts. You could even use pecans, if you like them better.
can I use green grapes in place of the red grapes?
Absolutely. You could even use half red and half green grapes to change it up. Red grapes will add more sweetness to the salad than green grapes. Just make sure the grapes are seedless, whichever type you choose to use.
CAN I MAKE THIS RECIPE IN ADVANCE?
Yes. I would recommend making it only one day in advance before serving it, though.
- Use a food processor to shred a rotisserie chicken or cooked/grilled leftover chicken.
- Store leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- If you’re wanting to reduce the calories and/or fat content, you can use light mayonnaise.
- For optimal flavor, refrigerate for one hour before serving.
- 2 (12.5 ounce) cans of chicken, drained
- 1 cup red grapes, cut into thirds or fourths
- 2 stalks celery, finely diced
- ½ cup slivered or sliced almonds
- ¼ cup red onion, finely diced
- ⅔ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ +1/8 tsp lemon pepper
- ¼ tsp +1/8 tsp ground sage
- ¼ tsp salt
- Place all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix until chicken pieces are broken up and all ingredients are lightly covered in the mayonnaise.
- Serve in rolls or croissants for sandwiches or use as a dip with crackers and vegetables.
- Tightly cover and refrigerate leftovers.
- *For optimal flavor, refrigerate for one hour before serving.
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