After dining at a cafe in Michigan about 10 years ago, I tried duplicating this scrumptious twist on Chicken Salad at home. The cherries can be ordered on-line these days, which makes it much easier for those of us living where cherries are not readily available. Regular milk can be substituted for buttermilk, if necessary.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, dried cherries, celery, nuts, mayonnaise, milk, salt and pepper and apple if desired. Toss together well and refrigerate until chilled. Serve on toasted cracked wheat bread or croissants.

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Nutrition Facts

264 calories; 12.7 g total fat; 62 mg cholesterol; 356 mg sodium. 12 g carbohydrates; 24.3 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2003
Mia if you didn't do it right on you sure came out with a winner on this one! I made two halves one with the apples and one without. All I can say is they are both scrumptious. If your tastes lean more toward savory leave out the apples. If you want your tastebuds to explode with complexity definitely put the apples in. If the dried cherries weren't so pricey I would even double or triple the cherries and leave the apples out. No matter what you choose this recipe is perfect. Just the right amount of dressing too! Thanks for sharing Mia. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2003
I felt this chicken salad recipe was just OK. When we ate it for dinner for the first night it was a little dry. The next day I added some more mayo and a little sweet pickle relish and made sandwiches and it tasted a little better. I probably will not make this again. Read More
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107 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 75
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2003
Mia if you didn't do it right on you sure came out with a winner on this one! I made two halves one with the apples and one without. All I can say is they are both scrumptious. If your tastes lean more toward savory leave out the apples. If you want your tastebuds to explode with complexity definitely put the apples in. If the dried cherries weren't so pricey I would even double or triple the cherries and leave the apples out. No matter what you choose this recipe is perfect. Just the right amount of dressing too! Thanks for sharing Mia. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2003
I absolutly LOVE this recipe!! I have made it for several friends and they all rave about it. Today I altered it a little for Thanksgiving leftover turkey; I used chopped turkey breast instead of chicken dried cranberries in place of cherries and walnuts instead of pecans. Delicious!! You might as well double the recipe while your at it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2004
This was great! I had it at a party and everone loved it. I had to make so much I substituted Carving Board cooked chicken strips 1 lb. for every 6 chicken breasts called for...worked fine. I have also found out using half real mayo and half non fat mayo tastes better than the purchased low fat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2003
I have made this several times and always get great reviews. I usually make it the day before and have had no problems with nuts and cherries being too soft. I get my dried cherries at the health food store... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
Very good. I also used dried cranberries instead of cherries. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2003
This recipe is a delicious variation on traditional chicken salad. I have substituted dried cranberries for the cherries with equally good results. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2003
I had whole bag of dried cherries from Door County Wis. that I didn't know what to do with. I have made this recipie several times. It has gotten rave reviews & is quick & easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2003
Very good! I found that using any dried fruit was just fine. This would also be good on a bed of mixed baby greens Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2004
Wow - this was good. Don't leave the apples out they make it even better. I also made more (almost double) of the mayo mixture so it wasn't too dry. Read More
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