Rating: 4.73 stars
44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

A wonderful summer treat for any setting...I was tired of regular chicken salad and became creative....

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
6 hrs 5 mins
total:
6 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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

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  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the celery, walnuts, cranberries, onion, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper and lemon juice. Add cooled chicken, and stir until well combined. Cover and chill about 6 hours and serve on top of spinach leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

767 calories; protein 30.3g; carbohydrates 22.3g; fat 63.9g; cholesterol 92.8mg; sodium 418.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (34)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2003
Yummy! I made a double recipe for a potluck and the group raved about it! It was definatey a popular choice for the attendees. I doubled the recipe and followed it almost exactly except I baked the chicken in foil packets with a little oil and some celery. I also reduced the amount of balsamic vinegar to 2 Tbsp. (for 3 1/2 pounds of chicken) and I didn't have any cranberries so I used 1/2 an apple. I know I know it's not really Cranchick salad without the cranberries but it was SO GOOD the way I made it. I'll definately make it again. Read More
(15)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2007
I suppose that it may not be fair to rate this so low because I cut back on the mayonaise as we don't like things so mayonaisey but it just did not do much for our family. I liked the basic concept of cranberries walnuts and chickens but next time would replace the balsamic vinegar with mustard and perhaps add some apples or grapes. Read More
44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2003
Yummy! I made a double recipe for a potluck and the group raved about it! It was definatey a popular choice for the attendees. I doubled the recipe and followed it almost exactly except I baked the chicken in foil packets with a little oil and some celery. I also reduced the amount of balsamic vinegar to 2 Tbsp. (for 3 1/2 pounds of chicken) and I didn't have any cranberries so I used 1/2 an apple. I know I know it's not really Cranchick salad without the cranberries but it was SO GOOD the way I made it. I'll definately make it again. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2007
I wish I could give this 10 stars! I followed the recipe exactly except I prebaked the chicken in the oven (375 for 35mins). I used light mayo. Next time I'll cut down on the mayo just a little maybe 3/4 cup. That's just my preference. This was an awesome lunch! So pretty. A great way to get some spinach too! I had mine with quite a bit of spinach to "cut" the mayo a bit. EDIT: Two years later I still make this and get requests for the recipe ALL the time. Try it! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2003
I've gotten more compliments and requests for this recipe than any thing else that I've made for a party!!!! Thanks! Cindy Read More
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2002
Terrific! I used canned chicken and added a pinch of curry for a bit of a zip...perfect for lunch! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2011
I make this all the time and the only change I make is raisins for cranberries. Love this recipe because it's simple & delicious. My only advice is make a big batch enjoy for days and be sure to thank Deb! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2010
I am so happy to see how many of you enjoyed my recipie...I had never checked reviews till today and am only sorry I forgot to say to use the clear or light color balsalmic and to lessen the mayo as needed... I am going to have to make this again soon and remind myself of how I too love it...Thanks again Read More
(6)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2007
I was surprised how wonderful this salad was! My kids loved it. It didn't look too appealing so after I mixed it together I sprinkled more cranberries on top and whole walnuts. It helped a bit. My son likes the salad for sandwiches with pita bread too. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2010
Wow I love this recipe! I have received so many compliments every time I have made it - it has now become a party staple and when I ask what to bring to a friend's this is the request! The recipe is perfect as is but for my personal taste I add green apples and grapes. I also put less red onion. I follow the advice of another reviewer and bake the chicken in the oven at 375 for 35 minutes with some olive oil salt and pepper. Even with people having several helpings the original recipe makes way more than 4 servings. I doubled the recipe for a party of 20 people and there was still a lot left over (which is a great thing!). I highly recommend this recipe! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2007
Replaced cranberries with chopped red grapes; excellent. The vinegar/lemon juice gives the salad a subtle kick.. Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2007
I suppose that it may not be fair to rate this so low because I cut back on the mayonaise as we don't like things so mayonaisey but it just did not do much for our family. I liked the basic concept of cranberries walnuts and chickens but next time would replace the balsamic vinegar with mustard and perhaps add some apples or grapes. Read More