Orchard Chicken Salad – Perfect for Wraps

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Enjoy fresh fruits, spicy scallions, crunchy almonds, and tender chicken in this delicious and refreshing Orchard Chicken Salad. Perfect for sandwiches, salads, or lettuce wraps.

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Chicken salad is one of those miracle recipes. You can stir in a multitude of spices, herbs, fruits, and veggies and come away with a myriad of amazing flavor combinations.

It took me awhile to learn this. My old standy-by chicken salad contains cheddar cheese, celery, and dill weed. I was happy to stay right there in terms of chicken salad. And then I ventured out.

This Orchard Chicken Salad was my first real experiment in non-comfort zone Chicken Salad. But since we had an abundance of apple and red grapes, I thought I would experiment. This is the yummy result, chock full of fruit and seasoned with thyme.

Now there are chicken salads that go well in sandwiches and there are those that are better served as a salad. While I think this works well on a soft roll, I prefer to serve it in lettuce wraps or atop a bed of greens. It just kind of invites you to dig in with your fork.

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How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. For instance, when I see a great price on dried fruit or chicken, I’ll buy 4-5 packages/containers and stash them for later.
  • Use a whole chicken! Cooking a whole chicken (or buying one that Costco roasted for you) can be more economical than buying chicken pieces. Plus, you can use the carcass to make homemade stock. You can easily make this salad with turkey when the whole birds go on sale in the fall.

How I make this recipe easy:

Since one of you mentioned getting a rotisserie chicken every time you go to Costco, I’ve started doing the same. What a game changer! Having a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken makes my prep work a lot easier. The cost of the chicken is comparable to a whole chicken uncooked — and they taste great! Plus, the work is done for me.

Having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

Originally posted October 4, 2010. Updated May 14, 2017.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Anne says:

    Your hubby and mine were cut from the same cloth! He always wrinkles up his nose at apples in chicken salad 🙂 I love it, though; I’ll have to try your version.

  2. Ashley says:

    Oh my that sounds so good! I love fruity chicken salad but have only had it with grapes. The apple sounds great in it. I’m sure it adds a wonderful crispness.

  3. Danielle says:

    We do one with apples, grapes, raisins, mayo and curry powder.

  4. this sounds great! i should make this for my school lunches next week. i love fruit in chix salad.

  5. Kaycee says:

    Your husband is a wise man. Savory and sweet do not mesh. Exception(s) being P B & J and/or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!

  6. We love tarragon in ours:

    4 cups cooked chicken, cubed
    1 cup grape halves
    1 cup celery
    1/2 cup almonds
    1 cup mayo
    1 tsp. sugar
    4 tsp. rice vinegar
    1 tsp. tarragon

    This is oh-so-delish on croissants, and I bet would be wonderful on gigantic butterhorns.

  7. Shell says:

    This also works with Tuna Salad. Don’t know why men don’t like things that are sweet and savory. I thought that’s why they marry us.

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