Chicken Salad with Grapes

I have been SO HUNGRY for a great chicken salad sandwich lately, and I don’t have a deli nearby that makes it quite how I like it.  So I packed up the kiddo, took her to the store to grab my ingredients, and got to work.  It was about as ambitious as I’ve been about dinner in at least 2 weeks.

Well there was a bit of an issue when I got home and realized I had no mayo (yes, after I had JUST been at the store, it was a whole to-do with laments over social media, photos and suggestions exchanged, and ultimately a wonderful friend actually bringing some mayo to my house to placate my chicken salad craving) but that’s really a whole other story… before I digress too much, I will just say, it was worth persevering, because I ultimately ate the entire batch.

Oh yes, I did.  Because,well – let me show you:

Chicken Salad With Grapes

So delicious. Darn it, now I’m hungry for it again.

Anyway – I’m going to share the official recipe the way I make it for company, and it’s ALWAYS a hit!  It’s the most crowd-friendly when prepared this way, but like any good recipe (especially a salad recipe), certain additions and substitutions can give it a wonderful twist to suit your family.  I’ve got suggestions at the end for that.

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Chicken Salad with Grapes
Serves: 6
Prep time:
Total time:
  • 3 c. cooked and diced leftover chicken (this is also approximately how much one deli rotisserie chicken yields)
  • 1 c. red seedless grapes, halved
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt (We use Lawry's)
  • ½ c. mayonnaise (give or take - depending how creamy you like your salad)
  1. Cook your chicken using whatever method you prefer - or, do what I do and grab a rotisserie chicken from the deli and use all that meat. Dice it up.
  2. Wash your grapes and celery, halve the grapes and dice the celery. Stir them into your diced chicken and set this all aside.
  3. Mix the onion powder and seasoned salt into the mayo really well, then stir in your chicken mixture.
  4. Chill until ready to serve, then add to croissant rolls. For parties and pot lucks, I like to serve on mini croissants. For each batch, you'll need 12 mini croissants or 6 regular sized croissants.

Optionally, you can add 1 c. pecans or walnuts if you know that everyone likes nuts and doesn’t have an allergy, and you can also substitute 1/2 c. chopped onion for the onion powder if your family enjoys fresh onion (mine does not, but you still want a little onion to help flavor).  So we stick to the very basics: grapes and celery.

Chicken Salad With Grapes

If you are a Miracle Whip fan, you can absolutely use Miracle Whip instead of mayo and seasoned salt.  I find that people either love Miracle Whip or hate it, but rarely does anyone object to mayo, so I stick to mayo when I’m serving others.  I also have to be honest… when I know I’m likely to be the only one eating it… I also add 2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish to my batch.  That’s not a popular addition with a lot of people, though. ;)

Hope you enjoy – this is a great recipe for pot lucks and showers, and doubles or triples very easily.  Just multiply it by however many you need to serve!




  1. Marilyn says

    What a super yummy recipe, Adrianne! I love chicken salad but never make it….until now, that is! :)

  2. says

    I have a great chicken salad recipe with curry but today I think I’ll make this one. I feel I need to make a change and this sounds like a good thing to do. Thanks.

  3. says

    Have you tried adding pineapple tidbits? I have a very similar recipe that I make any time grapes are on sale and add the pineapple, too. It adds to the whole fruity bit to make a whole lot of yumminess!

  4. says

    Trying adding some diced up apples to it! This is the exact way we eat chicken salad but we add apples! Absolutely delicious!!!!

  5. says

    Okay, it’s only 10:30 here now and I’m already hungry for lunch! This looks so delish and now I will be craving chicken salad until I get some ;) Thanks for the recipe!!!

  6. says

    I love how pretty this is AND it looks super delish! I am pinning! It’s actually going to be on my menu for my neighborhood luncheon I throw every year for all the moms on the last day of school. They will love it1

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