Sonoma Chicken Salad Sandwiches


If you like poppy seed salad dressing then this Sonoma Chicken Salad is the chicken salad of your dreams, it tastes amazing and it’s so easy to throw together! It makes a perfect lunch for any day of the week, and obviously it’s pretty much the number one choice for a picnic, it’s also a good party food for a shower or holiday lunch. 

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Sonoma Chicken Salad

My recommendation for the easiest way to make this is to either use rotisserie chicken or to cook the chicken in a slow cooker overnight, toss it in an airtight container in the morning and refrigerate it, then by lunch time it will be cool enough to shred or chop and toss into the salad.

Then prep a simple poppy seed dressing, which you can definitely make lighter by using half Greek yogurt for half of the mayo, or use light mayonnaise.

Then toss the chicken, some diced celery, pecans, a hint of parmesan and dried cranberries with that dressing and you’ve got a delicious chicken salad!

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwich With Celery and Cranberries

I know this is going to be my new favorite dish for picnic lunches this summer. Just be sure after eating this chicken salad to smile real big… and check your teeth for poppy seeds :).

Some other good substitutions for the dried cranberries would be diced apples or grapes and another good nut option would be almonds or cashews, but I would recommend trying the recipe as written at least once. The ingredients listed are a perfect combination together. When served over some fresh rustic bread this sandwich is to die for!

Ingredients for chicken salad on bread for a sandwich

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Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

This chicken salad easy to make and it is the perfect lunch! It's made with simple ingredients yet it tastes so delicious!

Servings: 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 1/2 cups cooked , shredded chicken (about 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast halves)
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries , such as Craisins, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Sliced bread , for serving (here is a great recipe)


  • 2/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp apple juice
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp prepared yellow mustard (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl toss together shredded chicken, celery, pecans, dried cranberries and Parmesan cheese, set aside. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients listed for the dressing until well blended. Pour dressing mixture over chicken mixture and toss to evenly coat. Serve over sliced bread, croissants or rolls. Store in refrigerator.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 295mg 12%
Potassium 291mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 9.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad
Calories: 410 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • elle: Can I made the chicken breasts in the oven and if so, do I add any seasonings and should I bake them at 350? July 27, 2017 at 1:58pm Reply

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