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Chicken Salad with cranberries apples celery and basil

Deliciously made Chicken Salad with cranberries, apples, celery, pine nuts, and fresh basil, that’s perfect on top of toasted bagels, crusty Italian bread, or even butter crackers.

We all adore my grandmother’s Chicken Salad with cranberries, apples, celery, and basil. She used to make when we were children with chicken, white raisins, pine nuts, and fresh basil. Then in the late ’90s, early 2000’s cranberries became the rage,  and one day I decided to add a few other items of my own and update the recipe.

Deliciously made Chicken Salad with cranberries, apples, celery, pine nuts, and fresh basil, that's perfect on top of toasted bagels, crusty Italian bread, or even butter crackers.Often our family cannot decide which we prefer, so I serve both in the rotation.  The recipe below is simple and refreshing. I am also proud to say Grandma Josephine loves my adaptations to her Chicken Salad with cranberries, apples, celery, and basil as well.  I often make it on a toasted bagel with Swiss cheese and little salad greens for lunch or even a light dinner.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients needed for Chicken Salad with cranberries, apples, celery, and basil

  • One- 5 pounds roasted chicken, homemade or from the deli
  • Two celery ribs, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of mayo, can add more
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • One large Gala Apple, or green if preferred, diced
  • Five large fresh basil leaves
  • 1/8 of a cup Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • One lemon, juiced and separated in 2
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

 

 

Other ingredients

  • baby greens
  • Swiss cheese
  • bagels or bread

 

 

 

 

4.77 from 17 votes
Deliciously made Chicken Salad with cranberries, apples, celery, pine nuts, and fresh basil, that's perfect on top of toasted bagels, crusty Italian bread, or even butter crackers.
Chicken Salad with cranberries, apples, celery, and basil
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Chill
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Chicken Salad with cranberries, apples, celery, and basil, white raisins, pine nuts, and fresh basil.

Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken salad with cranberries and apple
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 465 kcal
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 1- 5 pounds roasted chicken homemade or from the deli
  • 2 celery ribs sliced
  • ½ cup mayo can add more
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large Gala Apple or green if preferred, diced
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves
  • cup Flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon juiced and separated in 2
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
Other ingredients
  • baby greens
  • Swiss cheese
  • bagels or bread
Instructions
  1. Remove all skin from chicken and discard.
  2. Remove meat from the bone (we use white and dark) place on cutting board and chop slightly. You will need a food processor at this time. Place chopped chicken, basil, parsley, and mayo ( adjust to the desired amount if needed) Using processor on pulse, so as not to over process is a good idea to mix and chop ingredients. We do ours to medium chop to a fine chop. Once done scrape all of the mixtures out to a large bowl.
  3. Dice apples, being certain to use 1/2 of a juiced lemon to squeeze over, mix in juice. Reserve other 1/2 of lemon juice.Next add diced apples, celery, cranberries, kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to the chicken mix. Add other 1/2 of lemon juice at this time and stir ingredients in thoroughly but gently.
  4. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before using to let ingredients meld together.
  5. When ready to serve, place over bagel or bread, with cheese, and lettuce.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Comments

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    anyonita green
    April 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    This looks bloody brilliant! 🙂 So delicious! It’s on my list of foods to make! 🙂

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    Liz
    April 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    A lovely recipe. Thank you.

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    Mary Bostow
    April 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Such a gorgeous chicken salad Heidy! I bet the lemon brightens it up like crazy not to mention all the other fresh delicious ingredients! #ChickenSaladSupreme

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      April 17, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you so much Mary! This is one recipe we really enjoyed!

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    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!
    April 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I love chicken salad and I am always up for trying a new combo. This looks really delicious with the fruit and I especially like the addition of the basil. I would love to try it on a warm crusty homemade roll! Yum! Pinning!

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    perfecttenn
    March 18, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Looks so delicious! 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up at Gingham & Roses!

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    Joanne T Ferguson (@mickeydownunder)
    March 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    G’day and looks delicious Heidy! I have shared the love …pinned and spread via Bloggers Best Homemade!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Wish I could try some of this right now!

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      Heidy L. McCallum
      March 5, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Thank you <3 Glad you enjoyed it!!! Thanks for the love too

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    Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    February 28, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Delicious recipe. I love the sweet and savory in a chicken salad.

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    hillbillyhobbit1966
    February 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Beautiful sandwich buddy turned out awesome! I will be making it again.

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    Laurie Alves
    February 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Absolutely Love this! I’d make this every week if I could! Great Recipe Heidy! Bravo!

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