I love recipes that can be made over from season to season. Not only does it make life a bit easier when you’re already familiar with a recipe, but it’s good to know that your family already approves of it.
Chicken salad sandwiches and/or chicken salad is one of the easiest recipes to make over each season. It’s also something that you can eat year-round too. It’s great for lunch, an easy dinner and entertaining.
Where to serve it
Often you will find chicken salad sandwiches at bridal showers or baby showers, but it’s also an easy recipe to make in bulk for parties and events like sports games, graduation parties and even Christmas and New Year’s lunches and brunches.
This Cranberry & Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich is perfect for the fall and winter seasons. The beautiful flavor and sweetness of dried cranberries mixed with the tangy dressing for the chicken salad the crunch of the pecans makes this chicken salad sandwich a simple meal that the whole family will love.
While I always like using fresh ingredients when available, I used dried cranberries in this recipe to make it easy. They’re already to be added without any extra steps. If you want to use fresh you do have to cook them down and sweeten them AND then let them cool. I don’t have time for that when I’m making dinner on a weeknight.
Make once, eat again
The fact that you can make this recipe once and then eat it for several nights also makes it a bonus recipe. I love when I can do that and not have to worry about lunch or dinner for the following day. It will keep well in the refrigerator for a few days in an air-tight container.
I also love that you can eat this as a sandwich, as a salad or even as a snack on crackers.
Chicken Salad Sandwich Tips & Tricks
- I made my chicken in a pressure cooker because I like to use shredded chicken for this recipe, and it was done in 20 minutes. You can also use a slow cooker or just cook it up on the stovetop. I have this pressure cooker. My slow cooker is a bit older but this one is comparable and so pretty!
- You can also make this with leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken too.
- If you’re not a fan of mayo, try to use Greek yogurt as a substitute! Just make sure it’s a plain yogurt and not flavored.
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Cranberry & Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich
- 2 lbs. of chicken
- 1 cup of chicken broth If you decide to grill your chicken or use rotisserie chicken then you don't need the chicken broth.
- 2.5 cups of dried cranberries
- 2 cups pecans, crushed
- 1 cup red onions, diced
- 3/4 cup of celery, diced
- 1.5 cups of mayo
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp. dill, fresh or dried I prefer fresh but you can also use dried.
- 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. chives, fresh or died
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. of onion powder
- Rolls or croissants
- Cook your chicken in your pressure cooker with the chicken broth according to pressure cooker instructions. If you use a slow cooker, add the chicken broth to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Once done, shred chicken with a fork and add it to a bowl with the onions and celery. Refrigerate.
- Mix together remaining ingredients for the dressing – except the cranberries and pecans.
- Add dressing to your chicken and mix well
- Fold in cranberries and pecans.
- Chill for two hours.
- Add to your croissant and serve.
I love the addition of cranberries. My family loves chicken salad. The next time I make it, I’m going to add cranberries. I already have pecans in my recipe. Looks delicious!
Yum, this would be such a tasty lunch! I love this combo. I buy a sandwich like this from HEB often but I’ll have to try and make it on my own.
Cranberries are one of the things I look forward to in the Fall. Those and the pecans really kick this chicken salad up!
I love adding dried fruits to my chicken salad. It adds so much flavor with minimal effort.
This sounds like a nice spin on a chicken sandwich! Sounds really tasty and great for fall.
I think I might just make this for lunch! That looks delicious. I’m always trying to think of good ideas for lunch and this is definitely one of those things.
This chicken salad recipe looks absolutely scrumptious. I love that you serve it on a croissant too, but really the addition of cranberries is the perfect thing.
my husband is a huge cranberry and pecan chicken salad and i def would love to try and make this for him sometime this week!
This sounds delicious. I love the idea of the sweet and crunchy all together with the creamy chicken salad mixture on a (toasted for me) croissant would be amazing right now!
This sandwich looks so yummy. I love the flavor combination. Looking forward to making this for my family.
This recipe looks so good! I love sweet and savory combos like this! Yummy!!
This kind of recipe is so great for large groups/parties. I pinned it for later, and can’t wait to try it!
Holy yum! This looks sooo good! Totally making it!
These look so good. I will certainly be making these soon. I can’t wait to try them. I know they are going to be delicious.
This chicken salad has me all abuzz. It looks so good and I am so hungry! I love the croissants
I am always a softie for chicken salad and this looks amazing! What a fantastic recipe!
Is there any better combo this time of year than cranberries and turkey!? I cannot wait to make this sandwich with our Thanksgiving leftovers!
This looks delicious! I love the change up with the croissant.
I just want to reach out and grab one of those sandwiches right now. I love chicken salad but haven’t had it with cranberries and pecans before.
This recipe just totally says “Fall” to me. I love the addition of cranberries and pecans for a wonderful lunch meal. Yum!
I love chicken salad and I bet the crunch from the pecans is perfect. I love pecans! Great addition.
This is a sandwich for a king! I am sure it’s healthy and absolutely tasty at the same time. I really love this one.
This is what I want for lunch today. Yummy! I do love chicken salad, but I haven’t had it in a while. It’s about time to enjoy one again.
This sandwich is so creative! I love the addition of cranberry and pecan – so unique and must be such an amazing flavor profile.
That sandwich looks delicious! I love adding cranberry and nuts to my chicken salad sandwiches.
The addition of cranberries sounds so good. I’ll have to try this!
This looks so delicious! We love chicken salad in our house and I’m always trying to find new ways to fix it.
Oh my gosh, this Cranberry & Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich really makes my mouthwatering. It looks really good and tasty!
A chicken salad sandwich is yummy on it’s own, but adding pecans for some added crunch and flavor and yummy cranberries is genius. Reminds me of thanksgiving.
These look absolutely delicious. Chicken salad is my absolute favorite food. Will definitely be trying this recipe soon!
Yum! This Cranberry & Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich will be perfect for our meal. It looks really delectable. My son will love this,
This looks so good! I don’t make chicken salad often, but something tells me I will make it more once I try this recipe.
This is such a delicious twist to the basic chicken salad sandwich! I love the addition of the cranberries and pecans. That would give a burst of flavor and some added crunch! I am surely going to make this soon.
So delicious! Great recipe!
Roughly how many large croissant sandwiches would this make?
This delicious chicken salad sandwich is perfect for any lunchtime craving! The cranberry and pecan mixture is delicious and the bread is crispy and toasty.
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This easy and delicious chicken salad sandwich is perfect for a lunchtime snack! Cranberry and pecan dressing is a great addition, and the chicken is cooked to perfection.
This delicious chicken salad sandwich is easy to make and perfect for lunch! It’s made with a delicious cranberry and peach salad and a crispy chicken sandwich.
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