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Holiday Chicken Salad Recipe
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Holiday Chicken Salad
The cranberries provide the seasonal punch to this tasty salad. See more
  • READY IN 15 mins

Holiday Chicken Salad

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise with paprika and seasoned salt. Blend in dried cranberries, celery, bell pepper, onion, and nuts. Add chopped chicken, and mix well. Season with black pepper to taste. Chill 1 hour.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 11, 2010

Very good chicken salad and easily adaptable if you want to add in additional ingredients (halved grapes, toasted pecans, sunflower seeds...etc etc). Simple and tasty.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 06, 2010

This was o.k. I followed the recipe exactly and had it the same day as well as the next day. It was better the day after...but a bit dry IMO. There are so many dry ingredients and such little dressing that you can barely coat it all. Way too much crunch. There were more crunchies (bell pepper, onion, celery, pecans) than there was chicken...and the chicken, unfortunately, took a backseat to the other ingredients. I have no paprika complaints but not sure what it did for the recipe. Maybe you could substitute onion powder for the green onions? And I'm going to skip the pecans, maybe go with slivered almonds next chicken salad recipe I try; also nix the bell pepper.

Jan 25, 2004

Using ideas from previous reviewers, I added several dashes of poultry seasoning and garlic powder to the mayo mixture. Instead of 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries, I used 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup dried cherries, and about 1 cup of halved seedless green grapes. Omitted the green bell pepper since I don't care for it. Outstanding!! Huge hit at the covered-dish party I brought it to. Hubby loved it also!! I don't believe it serves 12 as listed, unless you make small sandwiches. I served it on lettuce leaves and it perhaps served 6 to 8.

Jul 29, 2005

This is a wonderful chicken salad recipe. I was looking for something close to Arby's chicken salad and this was it. I omitted the green pepper and added chopped apples and sliced grapes. I highly recommend giving this recipe a shot. I'm glad I did!

Jan 16, 2004

I'm on a chicken salad binge.There are many great recipes for it on this side, but this one is almost perfect. It tends to be a little bland, but the addition of poultry seasoning, garlic powder to the mayo and some minced red onion makes it superb.Thanks Elaine.

Jun 23, 2003

I've made this twice now. It's good right on the same day it's made, however, it's excellent on day two or three. Give the flavors a chance to meld together. Beautiful on a croissant sandwich.

Jun 10, 2007

Really good! Love the craisins & blend of flavors. Used mayo/miracle whip combo. Used red bell pepper, because I had one. Used leftover rotisserie chicken (shredded). Toasted pecans. This is a great recipe. Don't leave anything out--everything adds to the overall flavor! Be brave! I was, & I was not disappointed. Neither was my family. Everyone stood around in the kitchen eating it on crackers! Will be making again!!!

Jul 23, 2003

This was an enormous hit at our Christmas progressive dinner-I served these as sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls.


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  • Calories
  • 315 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.2 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 23.1 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 13.9 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 213 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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