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5 from 2 votes

Easy Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

This Easy Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad recipe is creamy, delicious, and some serious comfort food. It's a great year-round recipe that everyone loves!
Prep Time10 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 493kcal
Cost: $11.99


  • large mixing bowl
  • Wooden mixing spoon
  • small skillet


  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • Salt and pepper
  • cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 8 croissants
  • lettuce for servings


  • Place chicken in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a large bowl, mix Greek yogurt, cream, orange zest, and poppy seeds until combined. Stir in chicken and season to taste with more salt and pepper.
  • Add chopped celery and mix until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • In a small pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add nuts and cook until toasted, about 2-3 minutes (they should be a little more than lightly browned, and you’ll begin to smell them).
  • Stir in toasted nuts and dried cranberries just before serving. Serve on split croissants.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg