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Tara's Sweet and Chunky Chicken Salad Recipe
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Tara's Sweet and Chunky Chicken Salad

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"A sweet, but healthy chicken salad. The sweet secret is dried cranberries. Awesome on homemade bread or on crackers. I spread cream cheese on the bread or crackers, and top with chicken salad."

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    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. Without breaking up large chicken pieces, empty canned chicken into medium bowl. Stir in mayonnaise, pickle, onion, sunflower seeds, and cranberries; mix until well blended and very large chicken chunks are broken up.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 29, 2005

My mouth watered when I read the recipe but I didn't quite have the right ingredients on hand. So, I used a fresh cooked chicken breast [I buy bone-in breasts on sale; cook them up; remove the skin and debone them; freeze them in separate sandwich bags and put into one big freezer bag]; Miracle Whip Light, dill pickle relish [easier than cutting up pickles anyway!]and the onion. I didn't have sunflower seeds, but did have a trail mix called "Cranberries and More" that I use for a salad topping. I just chopped it up a little finer. It was WONDERFUL! The second time I added celery and a hard boiled egg and red seedless grapes cut in half. The third time I added chopped red onion too. I CRAVE this salad! It is truly the best chicken salad I've ever eaten! Thanks TARA!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 04, 2008

My husband and I were not a big fan of this recipe. It lacked any flavor other than the occasional cranberry. Wouldn't make it again.

Oct 18, 2007

This is very yummy, though I used halved red grapes instead of the cranberries as it was what I had on hand & diced chicken pieces in place of the canned because I don't like canned meat. I also added chopped celery for extra crunch and a light sprinkle of garlic powder. The filling was delicious stuffed in a pita.

May 10, 2007

Holy moly, this was great! I didn't have sunflower seeds so used slivered almonds, and I was out of onion. The dried cranberries ARE the secret ingredient...and this is absolutely heavenly on oatnut bread with a couple slices of Swiss cheese. I'm glad I have some more...it's tomorrow's lunch! :)

May 05, 2008

Thanks, Tara! This is a clean, refreshing chicken salad. I used left over chicken thighs (chopped bite size), a little more mayo (eyeball it to your liking), 1/2 t. dried dill weed, 1/3 c. chopped vidalia onion, 1/3 c. chopped pecans, 1/4 c. chopped celery, and 1/3 c. craisins. I agree this could be the "kitchen sink" or "garbage" chicken salad, but Tara's basics make it incredible! This would go over well at BBQ's and gal pal luncheons! Next time I will try canned chicken (Buy one, get one free) and dill relish. Thanks again.

Dec 11, 2007

yummy yummy left out the seeds added more cranberries and pickle relish delightful sandwich for the family

Apr 07, 2005

This was very good but it definately needs more mayo. I doubled the amount of mayo. I also used sweet pickles instead of dill and it tasted great!

Mar 02, 2006

This was so good. i will be making this one again and again. i wouldn't change anything.


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  • Calories
  • 217 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 16.3 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 454 mg
  • 18%

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

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