Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad Recipe

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Fancy Nancy Chicken

Fancy Nancy chicken salad is one of the best salads to make when you’re in the mood for something light and flavorful. This is a perfect recipe if you’re craving something healthy, fast, and yummy!

It provides healthy meals but doesn’t refrain from flavor. Traditional chicken salad usually has mayonnaise and celery, but in this recipe, it gets a makeover into something you can feel good about eating.

We’ve changed the mayonnaise to yogurt and added fresh ingredients like cucumbers and apples. The great thing about chicken salad is that it is often suitable for any occasion! It is a universal necessity at large gatherings and smaller, intimate lunches.

If you want to make chicken salad at home that tastes just like restaurant-style, then this recipe will help you do it. Let’s cooking!

Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad Recipe

Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad
Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad


  • 1 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Dry ranch seasoning
  • Mayonnaise (to taste)
  • Red seedless grapes (chopped)
  • Fuji apple (chopped)
  • Pecans
  • Celery
  • lettuces
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


Shredded Chicken
  • Cook the chicken until fluffy. Shred the chicken using two forks or mix it thoroughly with a stand mixer.
  • Use a large bowl to add the apples, grapes, pecans, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and seasonings and stir gently to mix everything together.
  • Now add the shredded chicken and mix thoroughly.
  • Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
  • For the flavors to meld, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve on lettuce with garnishes of cucumber slices, red seedless grapes, and Fuji apple, or as a sandwich on bread.

See also: Brenda Gantt Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1 oz (34g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 102.5Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9g14%
     Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
     Trans Fat 0g 
Cholesterol 16.3mg5%
Sodium 127.5mg5%
Total Carbohydrates 1.3g0%
     Dietary Fiber 0.3g0.5%
     Sugars 0.8g 
Protein 3.5g 
Vitamin A0%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 0%

How to serve Fancy Nancy chicken salad

How to serve Fancy Nancy chicken salad

You can serve this salad in many different ways. Here are several serving suggestions:

  • Serve it as a sandwich on bread or roll up in tortillas to make tacos.
  • Serve it over a bed of fresh, crisp lettuce for a great lunch salad.
  • Make it in individual snack cups for a great party appetizer served with crackers or breadsticks.
  • Stir together equal parts chicken salad and Greek yogurt and serve as chicken salad dressing over your favorite greens.
  • Top a chopped apple, sliced cucumber and halved red grapes with equal parts chicken salad for a unique and refreshing salad.
  • Use it as a filling for endive leaves; simply fill each leaf with equal amounts of chicken salad, then arrange the leaves on a serving platter.
  • Add the chicken salad to your favorite wrap and serve it on a fresh bed of lettuce.
  • Top a whole grain or gluten free bagel with a generous portion of chicken salad, then top with a few chopped walnuts and some sliced red seedless grapes.
  • This chicken salad is best when served chilled.

Easy and tasty!

Tasty Fancy Nancy chicken salad

The chicken salad is a delicious meal that can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you’re ready to eat it. It’s easy enough to prepare in advance, but if you have time on your hands or need something quick, this recipe will do just fine!

You can use any type of lettuce (I used romaine) and any type of dressing—butter flavored mayo, ranch dressing, or whatever else floats your boat. If you want some extra protein in there for an added punch, try adding some chicken breast pieces along with the tuna/chicken combo listed above.

How to Properly Store Chicken Salad with Grapes, Apples, and Pecan

Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you want to make it ahead and keep it longer, prepare the chicken salad in a separate container, then stir it together with the other ingredients before serving.

How much chicken salad make for each person

The standard for chicken salad is one cup per person. So, if you want to make a big batch, just double the volume and divide it into two containers. This will allow someone to have a filling sandwich or enough chicken salad for all the ingredients of their lunch.

Last line

This is a great way to use up all those leftover chicken breasts from your last meal. It’s also a great way to introduce some new flavors into your diet, like oranges, red onions and capers. The recipe calls for mayo, but I prefer using homemade low-fat dressing instead so that I can control the amount of oil added (and make sure there aren’t any trans fats). But if you want more fat in these salads then go ahead!

If you tried this chicken salad recipe, then please leave me a comment below and let me know how your experience was with my recipe! Cheers!

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