Chicken Salad Croissants

This easy, classic Chicken Salad recipe with grapes and sliced almonds is the best I’ve ever had and makes the most amazing sandwich on a croissant ever. Perfect for a graduation parties, a ladies luncheon, brunches, bridal or wedding showers, baptisms, and pretty much any event you can think of!

I just love the crunch of the celery and the bursts of sweetness from the grapes! Be sure that the grapes you are using are crunchy because soft grapes are less than ideal for the best chicken salad. 

Variations for this Recipe: Chicken Salad

One of the great things about chicken salad and why I love this recipe so much is that it is easily customizable. You can change it with the seasons or just use ingredients you have on hand.

Sometimes I change things up and make chicken salad with apples or cranberries instead of with grapes, especially in the fall. 

Or instead of making my chicken salad with sliced almonds, which I don’t always have on hand, I will use chopped pecans. And of course you can omit the nuts altogether if you have food allergies or just don’t care for nuts in your chicken salad.

Use chopped red onions instead of green onions.

You could also lighten up the chicken salad a bit by replacing part of the mayonnaise and sour cream called for in the recipe with Greek yogurt. I wouldn’t replace all of it because that would significantly affect the taste of the final chicken salad, but replacing half of the mayonnaise works pretty well for a healthy chicken salad recipe. 

Add diced avocado. Because honestly, what isn’t better with a little avocado?

How to store the Best Chicken Salad

Store the chicken salad in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How long is homemade chicken salad good?

For the best quality of chicken, consume within four days! This is the recommendation from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. You don’t want to second guess any type of meat, fish, or chicken. If in doubt, throw it out!

Easy Chicken Salad

This easy, classic Chicken Salad recipe with grapes and chopped walnuts is the best I've ever had and makes the most amazing sandwich on a croissant ever.  Perfect for a graduation parties, a ladies luncheon, brunches, bridal or wedding showers, baptisms, and pretty much any event you can think of!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or 4 cups cooked, roughly chopped or shredded chicken
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup halved red grapes
  • 1 ½ cups chopped celery about 2-3 celery ribs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or any other nut you like)
  • 3 thinly sliced green onions both the white and green part
  • 2 tbl chopped fresh dill
  • 1 cup mayo
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 8 croissant rolls (or other bread of choice for sandwiches)
  • Green leaf lettuce (optional for sandwiches)

Instructions
 

  • If using uncooked chicken breasts, preheat oven to 400°F. Rub chicken breasts with the olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 22-26 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165°F when tested with an instant read meat thermometer placed in the thickest part of the breast. Roughly chop or shred the cooked chicken.
  • In a large bowl, add the cooked chicken, grapes, celery, green onions, walnuts, and dill, then gently toss to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the dressing mixture to the chicken mixture and gently stir until everything is evenly coated. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or even overnight.
  • If making chicken salad sandwiches, slice each croissant in half and layer a piece of green leaf lettuce and a scoop of chicken salad on each roll. Or serve the chicken salad over a bed of mixed greens with sliced tomato and avocado.
Keyword chicken, sandwich

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