Chicken Salad with Apple, Raisins & Walnuts

An easy chicken salad recipe loaded with diced apples, raisins and chopped walnuts. Perfect for lunch on its own, atop a bed of lettuce or in a croissant.

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This chicken salad has been another staple in our refrigerator over the last few weeks, as we continue with the Whole30 during January. Although this complies with the eating plan, it’s been my most favorite version of chicken salad for as long as I can remember. I routinely make it if we’re going to have company for lunch, since it’s incredibly easy to prepare and is quite versatile when it comes to serving – it could be placed on a bed of lettuce (healthy option) or stuffed inside of a croissant (my favorite indulgent option). Add some fruit and/or kettle chips and it makes a great lunch for guests.

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This recipe is awesome in that you can play around with all of the different ingredients – use pears instead of apples, dried cranberries instead of raisins, pecans or cashews instead of walnuts, etc. So many different possible variations!

As for the chicken, you can poach and shred chicken, use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, leftover chicken from dinner or batch cooking, or even use canned chicken; canned is actually my husband’s favorite in terms of flavor and consistency (I buy the organic Valley Fresh brand).

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Keep a bowl of this in the refrigerator and you have an instant lunch or quick snack if your stomach is grumbling in the middle of the afternoon. Or pair it with buttery croissants for lunch guests (or yourself, because croissants make everything better).

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Chicken Salad with Apple, Raisins & Walnuts

An easy chicken salad recipe loaded with diced apples, raisins and chopped walnuts. Perfect for lunch on its own, atop a bed of lettuce or in a croissant.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds cooked chicken, shredded
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (I use homemade)
  • 2 large apples, your favorite variety, peeled, cored and diced
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken in a large bowl and combine with the mayonnaise, stirring well to ensure that all of the chicken has been coated.
  2. Add the apples, raisins, walnuts and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss to thoroughly combine. The chicken salad can be served immediately or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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(Recipe adapted from The Whole30)

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