Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is the best chicken salad I've ever made. It's a little fancier than my 'regular' chicken salad, and it's a nice presentation with whole grain crackers (like the Kashi crackers) or put a scoop on a large spinach leaf. Great for a brunch event. The different textures of the ingredients and the sweet "dressing" make a great combination. I found this recipe in The 2006 Southern Living Annual Recipes collection, hence the "Southern" name. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. NOTE: For the chicken, I use 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, baked. You can also use a rotissiere chicken or left-over baked chicken.
  2. Toast the pecans lightly in a dry frying pan over medium-low heat or in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Combine first 4 ingredients (chicken, celery, cranberries, and pecans).
  4. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients until mixed.
  5. Add to chicken mixture, stirring gently until combined.
  6. Garnish with additional pecans, if desired.
  7. Chill 1-2 hours before serving with crackers or on individual salad greens.
Most Helpful

I totally loved this chicken salad. I would classify it as a gourmet chicken salad because of the sweet dried cranberries and the pecans. I made it once with regular mayonnaise and another time with the light mayonnaise. I thought the regular mayonnaise tasted better.

Marie Nixon August 05, 2008

I also own the 2006 Southern Living Annual Recipe Book and found this there. Made it this week for a "Salad Supper" that we did for guests. Husband really enjoyed it, and he is picky about chicken salad. I did use full fat mayo, as the book doesn't specify light mayo. So I'm not sure how that would affect the taste, but I guess that's up to you. I think if I were going to "lighten it up" I would do half full fat mayo and half fat free yogurt or sour cream. I served this as a choice of mini sandwiches (served on whole wheat dinner rolls) or as is. We had it alongside of shrimp salad, green salad, raw veggie dippers, a variety of dressing/dips, cornbread muffins, and a nut bowl.

berry271 January 04, 2013

Made for Safari supper potluck tag, 2009. This is a very nice and "light" tasting chicken salad. I liked the addition of cranberries. I added a lot more pepper simply because we like it that way. I also added some crumbled blue cheese, and it set of the sweet and salty aspects of the cranberries, honey, and blue cheese. Very nice!

pamela t. January 09, 2009