Cranberry Chicken Salad

Add flavor and pizazz to your chicken salad with crisp Granny Smith apples, tart dried cranberries, and crunchy pecans.

Cranberry Chicken Salad -

This cranberry chicken salad has been sitting in my drafts for a few months now, but I haven't really had a chance to post anything due to a translation project that came up in the middle of my A to Z Recipe Challenge (which I will be continuing soon) and took me about a month and half to finish. And then came some technical difficulties with my laptop. Ay, ay, ay! Thankfully, the problems seem to have been resolved, so I will be back to posting recipes regularly here in my cocina, three days a week. Woo-hoo! Thank you all so much for your patience and kind emails/messages asking where I've been and when I'll be back.

And now on to the recipe...

Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries -

This chicken salad is one of my all-time favorites made with tender pieces of shredded chicken, crisp Granny Smith apples, tart dried cranberries, crunchy pecans, celery, red onion, and a mixture of mayonnaise and Mexican crema. It's one of those salads that can be prepared year round. During the hot spring and summer months, we like to eat this atop cruchy tostada shells or served on a bed of romaine lettuce or baby spinach leaves. During the holiday season I like to serve it as an appetizer atop crackers or as a filling for volovanes. And for sporting events or the kiddies' graduation parties, I serve it as a filling for cute little finger sandwiches.

Ensalada de Pollo con Arandanos -

No matter how or when you serve this flavorful chicken salad, it is sure to become a family favorite!

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Yield: 8 servings

Cranberry Chicken Salad

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 3 hourstotal time: 3 hours and 15 mins
Add flavor and pizazz to your chicken salad with crisp Granny Smith apples, tart dried cranberries, and crunchy pecans.


  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Mexican crema
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped


  1. Whisk the mayonnaise, Mexican crema, and granulated sugar in a medium bowl until the sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Mix together the chicken, apples, onion, celery, and dried cranberries in a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours before serving. Stir in the chopped pecans just before serving. Enjoy!
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