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Chunky Chicken Salad – Using Leftover or Canned Chicken!

In this post: A delicious chunky chicken salad recipe filled with flavors and healthy fruits and vegetables. Perfect made with poached, rotisserie or canned chicken!


Sometimes you just want a nice light – but protein packed – lunch. Like this delicious chunky chicken salad! This is one of my favourites!

Chunky chicken salad in a lettuce wrap on a wood counter

How to Make Chunky Chicken Salad

The great thing about this chicken salad recipe is that it’s so versatile. 

You can use any chicken you like, white, dark, leftover, poached or even canned chicken! 

ingredients for chunky chicken salad on counter

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp BBQ sauce, optional
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced apple, any type
  • 1 1/2 cup halved grapes
  • 1/4 cup nuts/seeds of choice
  • 1 tbsp mayo or veggie mayo
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard, optional
  • 1 tsp sage
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Bake chicken breasts on broiler rack in 350 oven for 40 minutes or until just about done. Brush with BBQ sauce (optional) and finish baking.

2. Meanwhile mix all other ingredients in a bowl.

Chunky chicken salad ingredients in a bowl for mixing.

3. Let chicken cool 5 minutes. Cut into small cubes and add to other ingredients in bowl.

4. Stir until well mixed. If you’re in a rush, eat as is. If you have time to sit down serve over a bed of greens or baby spinach and garnish with some grapes and parsley or other fresh herb.

chicken salad in a lettuce wrap


chicken salad in a lettuce wrap

Chunky Chicken Salad

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Make this chunky chicken salad recipe, and enjoy on a lettuce wrap

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp BBQ sauce, optional
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced apple, any type
  • 1 1/2 cup halved grapes
  • 1/4 cup nuts/seeds of choice
  • 1 tbsp mayo or veggie mayo
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard, optional
  • 1 tsp sage
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bake chicken breasts on broiler rack in 350 oven for 40 minutes or until just about done. Brush with BBQ sauce (optional) and finish baking.
  2. Meanwhile mix all other ingredients in a bowl. Chunky chicken salad ingredients in a bowl for mixing.
  3. Let chicken cool 5 minutes. Cut into small cubes and add to other ingredients in bowl. Stir until well mixed. If you're in a rush, eat as is. If you have time to sit down serve over a bed of greens or baby spinach and garnish with some grapes and parsley or other fresh herb.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 553Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 616mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 6gSugar: 30gProtein: 59g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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Want a different kind of chicken salad recipe? Check our our yummy Mandarin Chicken Salad recipe here!

chicken salad in a lettuce wrap

Mmm. Yummy!

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8 Comments

  1. Me too-love the apples in it! I like to add some hot sauce/chipotle too similar to a sandwich they sell at a local mexican place here. There is always cooked chicken ready to go in my fridge-so much yummier than pretend sandwich meat!