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Easy Chicken Salad With Grapes and Pecans (6 Ingredients!)

This chicken salad with grapes and pecans is quick, delicious, and satisfying… A simple 6-ingredient recipe that makes the BEST chicken salad sandwich!

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Chicken Salad With Grapes and Pecans

Growing up, chicken salad wasn’t really on my radar. We did a lot of tuna salad, along with this classic egg salad recipe after Easter — but never chicken salad.

It wasn’t until my then future husband and I started frequenting a quaint little restaurant near my dad’s Lake Erie cottage that I fell in love with it. This restaurant was well known for two things: the most amazing fresh cut French fries (seriously SO good!) and the very BEST chicken salad.

No joke — after trying it just once, I ordered the chicken salad (with the fries, of course) nearly every time we visited. Oh, and they had drool-worthy homemade pies, too… I may have gained a few pounds that summer, LOL!


greek yogurt chicken salad on a croissant

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Anyhow, my chicken salad with grapes and pecans recipe is very similar to theirs. Packed with lots of sweet and juicy red grapes, a bit of celery for extra crunch, and plenty of roasted pecans, it has all of the summery flavors that I crave. All while staying toward the healthy end of the spectrum thanks to this little light chicken salad hack…

I’m not a huge mayonnaise fan (although I do like a good homemade mayo), so I prefer to swap half of the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt when I’m making it. This hack does the double duty of lightening up the recipe a bit, while adding a little extra protein at the same time. I highly encourage you to try it! I promise, you won’t even miss the full-on mayo.

canned chicken salad recipe made with Member's Mark canned chicken breast

Canned Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken salad is fabulous for feeding a hungry crowd all summer long — and budget friendly when you pick up your ingredients at Sam’s Club. I used the Member’s Mark canned chicken breast to make this recipe in a hurry, and it’s totally delicious. High quality canned chicken breast is hard to come by, and this one totally makes the cut in my book.

My kids love (like really LOVE) the big, fluffy crescent rolls from Sam’s Club, so I grabbed a big tray of them. At under $6 for 12 giant rolls, they’re an excellent value. And they’re SO good piled high with this simple chicken salad recipe. I should have probably snagged two trays, because they don’t last long around here…

chicken salad with grapes

On this most recent trip, I also picked up some Hubert’s® Lemonade as a special treat for my youngest daughter. She adores lemonade, and you can frequently find her in my kitchen making a homemade lemon shake up, so her eyes totally lit up with I walked in with it.

Hubert’s® is truly “happiness in a bottle.” She’s happy to have a refreshing sweet and tart beverage, and I’m pleased because I know it’s made with natural flavors and cane sugar. And because my kitchen stays a little cleaner, LOL… I get major Mom bonus points whenever I come home with Hubert’s!

best chicken salad sandwich recipe

Best Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

This easy chicken salad recipe with grapes makes a BIG batch, which is perfect for our larger family (or when you’re hosting guests). But even if you’re not, the full recipe only gets better as it sits. It’s just as tasty the next day, as it is when it’s fresh!

It’s super versatile, so it definitely won’t go to waste. Serve it on croissants one evening for dinner, and then try it for lunch the next day on a bed of butter lettuce. I also love it on this rye swirl bread that I find occasionally — lightly toasted for a bit of extra texture. And I’m totally not above eating it straight out of the container, either…

Chicken salad is very filling, so we typically keep our sides minimal. If you get a large bunch of grapes, just serve whatever you don’t use in the salad alongside of your sandwich. Pretzel chips are always a great addition to sandwiches, and you can grab a huge bag of them for a steal at Sam’s Club, as well. I’m ALL about no-cook summer meals made simple, and this is about as easy as it gets!


chicken salad grapes pecans in a glass Pyrex bowl

Chicken Salad With Grapes And Pecans

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This chicken salad with grapes and pecans is quick, delicious, and satisfying... A simple 6-ingredient recipe that makes the BEST chicken salad sandwich!



  1. In a medium mixing bowl, shred the drained canned chicken with two forks.
  2. Add the celery, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, roasted pecans (see: How To Toast Nuts), salt, and pepper, and mix well to combine. Gently fold in the diced grapes.
  3. Serve on croissants, toasted bread, crackers, or lettuce, as desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 servings Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 19.4gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 55.1mgSodium: 489.2mgCarbohydrates: 7.0gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 6.5gProtein: 18.1g

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More canned chicken recipes to try:

  • Topped with blue cheese, celery, and blue cheese dressing, this buffalo chicken pizza recipe is a real winner. Paired with your favorite side salad, it’s sure to fire up your next pizza night!
  • Packed with loads of mixed veggies and diced canned chicken breast, these 4-ingredient mini chicken pot pies are a fantastically quick and easy weeknight meal… I love baking them in individual ramekins for easy serving!
  • This easy buffalo chicken dip recipe will blow your guests’ minds at your next tailgate or homegate… Just six ingredients and you can make it in the oven or the crockpot!

I’d love to see how your chicken salad turns out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check it out. Enjoy!


Wednesday 29th of December 2021

I'm looking forward to making the Chicken salad with pecans and grapes, but.... Since I'm not a big fan of canned chicken, and would like to do this with rotisserie chicken... have you tried that and do you have any great insights?? Thanks Tara. I'm new to unsophisticook and really enjoying it so far.

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 30th of December 2021

So happy to have you here, Amy! You could definitely make this with rotisserie chicken. I would just try to remove as many pieces of skin and fatty bits as possible. Hope you love it!!


Monday 30th of November 2020

We made with our leftover thanksgiving turkey. Added tarragon....yummy!

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 30th of November 2020

Oh, I love this idea! And tarragon sounds perfect with it.


Tuesday 25th of February 2020

I eat at this restaurant once a week. I was looking for a recipe because I need to be able to make it at home to save a little money. I going to take out the nuts (allergic) and add an apple to replace the crunch.

Tara Kuczykowski

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

Hope you love it, Ashley! Apples would be a great substitute for nuts to add crunch.


Tuesday 19th of February 2019

We must be thinking alike! I make this the same way and I also added a granny Smith apple finely diced to the mix! Was so yummy and I am thinking about adding a handful of cranberries for some extra tart as well. Funny enough I am drinking lemonade too haha I enjoyed your post and appreciate fast easy meals when I can do them!

Tara Kuczykowski

Tuesday 19th of February 2019

Love these ideas, Jennifer! I'm going to try adding some green apple and cranberries next time I make it.


Sunday 20th of January 2019

This looks so good!!! I'll take mine with a side of fries too!

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