Kittencal's Chicken Salad

"This is wonderful either scooped on a bed of lettuce, stuffed in between a pita or slices of whole wheat bread --- plan ahead the mixture needs to chill for 4 hours before serving, don't even bother tasting before that time, the grapes or chopped apple must be added in just before serving --- *note* see bottom of recipe for poaching chicken breasts, I also sometimes like to add in 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, but that is only optional, recipe may be doubled :)"
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  • 3 large chicken breasts, cooked and finely chopped (or use 4 small breasts preferably poached)
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 34 - 1 cup dried cranberries (you may chop in half or leave whole) or 3/4-1 cup raisins (you may chop in half or leave whole)
  • 12 cup red seedless grapes, halved (measure 1/2 cup halved or use 1 small apple, chopped)
  • 12 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • Dressing

  • 34 cup salad dressing (use Miracle Whip salad dressing)
  • 2 tablespoons coleslaw dressing (Kraft coleslaw dressing works well)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 12 teaspoon paprika (can use up to 3/4 teaspoon)
  • 14 - 12 teaspoon garlic powder


  • In a medium bowl toss together chicken with celery, onions and cranberries.
  • In another bowl mix all dressing ingredients until well blended; add to the chicken mixture and toss to combine.
  • Cover and chill for a minumum of 4-24 hours.
  • Just before serving mix in grape halves then season with black pepper.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a saucepan.
  • Cover with water and 1/2 teaspoon salt (and 1 bay leaf optional) bring to a simmer.
  • Lightly simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let sit in the water for about 10 minutes.
  • Cool and chop.

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  1. gwynn
    This was a wonderful chicken salad. Try it you won't be disappointed. Quick and easy to make. Thanks for posting.
  2. Top of the Hill
    Great recipe. This reminds me of a recipe from a midwestern department store that has closed, I have their recipe book but you have to cook the dressing, strain, and cool then mix in chicken and fixings. This is great, tasty, quicker, makes an good amount that can be eaten over a weekend or shared. Thanks! Great as usual! ps I substituted for cole slaw mix with buttermilk/rice vinegar/sugar/pepper since I didn't have cole slaw mix and for once had buttermilk in house for another recipe. I think the tanginess is what adds the flavor I was looking for from other recipe I mentioned. GREAT on croissants!
  3. Camel_Cracker
    Ohhhh Kitten! This is another fantastic recipe, no surprise at all, as DH and I have enjoyed all of your recipes I've made. I don't know why you only have 2 reviews, but this is a perfect chicken salad. I had to omit the celery (DH hates it) and added some bits and pieces of cashew, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Thanks again!
  4. lazyme
    Great chicken salad. I served it over a mixed salad mix and then tried a sandwich later with the leftovers. Good both ways. Thanks once again Kitten.



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