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Chicken Salad with Dried Fruit


Fruity Chicken Salad is a unique chicken salad that has nuts, white raisins, dried cherries, and more. This is the perfect meat salad to enjoy for a lunch to bring to work, or even a light dinner.

Chicken salad with dried fruits is a scrumptious salad to enjoy when you want a salad that is more complex, and has a little something extra. I have made variations of this salad for years now. I recently served this at two catering events and received rave reviews over this chicken salad with dried fruits. I have used either dry cherries, or craisins in this recipe, both work equally well. What makes me decide between the two? It depends which one is on sale.

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  • 1 pound chicken breasts or 1 pound left over cooked chicken
  • 3 ribs of celery thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of walnuts – pecans, and almonds also work well
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, or craisins
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise



Step 1

If you don’t already have cooked chicken available, you can poach the poultry in water, or chicken broth. Poach chicken breasts by placing in a pot, and covering with water or broth, cook over medium heat for approximately 30 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken from water, and when cool enough to touch shred the chicken breasts and place into a bowl.

In a medium sized bowl add sliced celery, nuts, dried fruit, and mayonnaise. Stir to combine mixture well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Store in a covered container for up to 3 days before serving. This Chicken Salad can be served on a bed of lettuce, or served in fancy rolls, or even on plain bread. I personally love to serve this chicken salad with a nice bowl of soup. I don’t think you can beat that soup and sandwich combination.

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