Elegant Brunch Chicken Salad


I made this for a baby shower and was bombarded with requests for the recipe! It is delicious on its own, or with small bread slices or crackers. Don't skimp by not using the homemade mayonnaise, it really adds a special flavor! Makes a 2-quart serving dish full, so if there will be other foods, this will serve at least six, maybe even up to ten!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 to 8 servings


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons hot water

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 1 cup olive oil

  • 2 cups halved seedless red grapes

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled blue cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the chicken and simmer until cooked through, approximately 10 minutes. Drain, cool and cut into cubes.

  2. While boiling chicken, make the mayonnaise: Using a blender or hand-held electric mixer, beat the egg, mustard, salt, water and vinegar until light and frothy. Add the oil a tablespoon at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Once mixture begins to thicken, you can add oil more quickly. Continue until mixture reaches the consistency of creamy mayonnaise. NOTE: The more oil you add, the thicker it gets; you may not need the full cup of oil.

  3. In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, grapes, pecans, blue cheese and 1 cup of the mayonnaise. Stir until evenly coated, adding more mayonnaise if necessary. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

657 Calories
58g Fat
13g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 657
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58g 74%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 571mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 435mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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