Two Apple Pecan Chicken Salads
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5 from 6 votes

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

Simple, but delicious chicken salad with crisp, tart apples, crunchy buttery pecans and a creamy dressing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad, easy lunch, lunch, meal prep, recipes, salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 498kcal
Author: Mikayla M


  • 20 ounces shredded chicken canned or fresh*
  • 1 medium granny smith apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2-3/4* cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar


  • If using canned chicken, drain well. Add chicken to a bowl.
  • Chop pecans, and finely dice apples. Add to chicken.
  • Top with remaining ingredients and stir until well coated.
  • Serve on sliced bread, crackers, or just eat it!


* Canned chicken is moist, but needs to be drained. Also break down the larger chunks with your spoon either before or during mixing. Fresh shredded chicken will absorb mayo differently, avoid rapid or overmixing or it can get mushy.
*If using fresh chicken it may require a little more mayo (3/4 cup) to taste well dressed.


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 576mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2.1mg