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Cranberry Chicken Salad

Blossom Lady
Mar 21, 2021 07:19 AM
Cranberry Chicken Salad

This easy, creamy Cranberry Chicken Salad recipe is heavenly delicious and is guaranteed to get rave reviews from even the pickiest of eaters! This sweet and savory salad uses simple ingredients, is so easy to make and can be prepared in advance! It’s perfect for picnics, holiday potlucks, grab-and-go lunches and easy dinners!

This creamy chicken salad with cranberries is incredibly versatile! Keep it in the fridge for quick, protein-packed snacks and easy grab-and-go lunches! Or, stuff it in lettuce leaves, serve it on a buttery croissant or try it on apple slices for a light, delicious meal! Continue to read on for helpful tips on preparing perfect creamy cranberry chicken salad! This creamy salad features tender chicken, chewy dried cranberries, salty toasted nuts, crunchy celery and delicate scallions. Tossed in a silky, creamy, slightly sweet mayonnaise and Greek yogurt based dressing, this chicken salad is robust in flavor and loaded with texture! It’s creamy, crunchy, savory, sweet, salty, slightly tart and 100% delicious! If you love chicken salad and have been searching for a new way to shake things up, look no further, because this light and creamy cranberry salad has got it going on!!


For the Chicken 

  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Thighs
  • Optional aromatics: 1 Shallot OR Small Yellow Onion (sliced in half & peeled), 2 cloves garlic (smashed & peeled), fresh herbs, 1 TBS lemon juice, 1 Cup Dry White Wine

For the Salad

  • 1 cup Dried Cranberries (about 5.25 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup Toasted Nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios or pecans) – coarsely chopped (about 3 ounces) 
  • 2/3 cup Celery – thinly sliced or small diced (about 2 medium ribs)
  • 1/3 cup Scallions – thinly sliced (about 3 scallions)
  • 2/3 Cup Mayonnaise 
  • 1/3 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 TBS Honey
  • 1 ½ - 2 tsp fresh squeezed Lemon Juice – to taste
  • heaping 3/4 tsp EACH: Ground Ginger & Dried Thyme (can use 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves)
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
10 minutes
Total Time:
25 minutes
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