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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Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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; 13.4 g total fat; 46 mg cholesterol; 454 mg sodium. 8 g carbohydrates; 16.3 g protein; 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
96 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 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: 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
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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
(34)
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
(13)
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: 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
03/03/2006
This was so good. i will be making this one again and again. i wouldn't change anything. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
Love love loved it! I left out the sunflower seeds and added a touch of dijon mustard but other than that I followed the recipe. I served it as a sandwich on toasted bread with lettuce. My husband raved about it and then couldn't keep from snacking on the leftovers in the fridge. It's a winner and I'm planning to make it again next week! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2010
It's a great way to use leftover chicken. I served it over a bed of spinach and sprinkled a crunchy almond salad topping on top. Read More
(7)
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