Chicken Salad with Pecans & Dried Cherries

Chicken Salad with Pecans & Dried Cherries

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013

This healthy chicken salad recipe is sweet and crunchy thanks to the addition of heart-healthy pecans and fiber-rich dried cherries. If you have cooked chicken breast on hand, skip Step 1 and use about 3 cups chopped chicken in Step 3.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • ⅓ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup thinly sliced celery
  • ½ cup pecans, toasted (see Tip) and chopped
  • ½ cup dried tart cherries, chopped
  • 1 head Boston or butterhead lettuce, trimmed


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  1. Place chicken in a medium skillet or saucepan, cover with water and add ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, pepper and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a bowl.
  3. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut into bite-size pieces. Add the chicken, celery, pecans and cherries to the bowl with the dressing and toss to combine.
  4. Divide lettuce leaves among 4 plates and top with about 1 cup chicken salad each.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3. Add pecans and cherries just before serving; refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Tip: Toast nuts before using in a recipe for the best flavor. To toast whole nuts, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes. To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 380 calories; 17 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 23 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 28 mcg folate; 85 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 10 g added sugars; 1,293 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 78 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 452 mg sodium; 428 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (26% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 4 lean meat, 3 fat

Reviews 2

July 06, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Chicken salad with Pecans and cherries This is one of our favorite summer salad. We put a little twist in it by adding fresh cherries( but any fresh berry would be just as good) I use rotisserie chicken for ease of prep when it is hot and humid. I have a friend who asks for this recipe at this time of the year. Pros: Easy prep for a delicious salad Cons: Fresh cherries aren't always available but strawberries and other fresh fruit can be added
August 13, 2013
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By: Prairie Gardener
Easy and crunchy, but rather bland This is an easy salad that is good for lunch on a hot day. I followed the recipe as written but found it quite bland. I added additional mustard and black pepper to the dressing to spike the flavor.
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