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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 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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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

217 calories; protein 16.3g 33% DV; carbohydrates 8g 3% DV; fat 13.4g 21% DV; cholesterol 46mg 15% DV; sodium 454mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2005
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2008
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. Read More
97 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 59
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2005
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! Read More
(66)
Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2007
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. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2007
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!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2005
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! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2007
yummy yummy left out the seeds added more cranberries and pickle relish delightful sandwich for the family Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2006
This was so good. i will be making this one again and again. i wouldn't change anything. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2010
I just love this chicken salad!! It is great on croissants or eaten in a bowl like a salad. A few things I changed because of what I had on hand. Instead of the canned chunk chicken, I just use regular boiled chicken that I chop into pieces. Also, instead of sunflower seeds, I have used browned almond slivers. Don't forget to add some salt and pepper (to taste) since the chicken won't have any seasonings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2010
I nabbed this recipe over 2 years ago and i thought I'd say it has officially been added to our rotation. We like to eat it on a bun with lettuce or wrapped in a lettuce leaf is pretty delicious too. I always make it as is unless I am out of something then I substitute. It's delectable either way. I like it served with cabbage and Jimmy's pineapple cole slaw dressing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2008
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. Read More