Sonoma Chicken Salad Sandwiches


Aren’t Chicken Salad Sandwiches the best? If you like poppy seed salad dressing then this 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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How To Make A Chicken Salad Sandwich

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 is amazing and so simple! It is my new favorite chicken salad.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 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 mayonnaise
  • 3 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


  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok: Made this for lunch today. Adapted slightly to what I had in, but was so delicious, thanks. May 19, 2012 at 5:29am Reply

  • Tessa: Easy cool meals like this are a must in the summer. I agree, these would make perfect picnic fare. Yum! May 18, 2012 at 8:13pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Debs – youre very welcome! Hope you love it =)! May 18, 2012 at 3:32pm Reply

  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok: Oh this sounds delicious, that’s tomorrows lunch sorted, thanks. May 17, 2012 at 11:53pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks for the comments! I hope you all thoroughly enjoy! Have a great day! May 17, 2012 at 9:02pm Reply

  • stacielk: This sounds delicious – wrote down the recipe – can’t wait to try it! May 17, 2012 at 5:58pm Reply

  • JulieW8: I love the Sonoma Chicken salad! Thanks for the recipe – I’m going to have to try this. May 17, 2012 at 1:46pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I have half a rotisserie chicken leftover for costco and I was just thinking that I’d make a chicken salad and now I’ve find the perfect recipe! It looks packed with all sorts of goodies! Will have to make this tonight or tomorrow :) May 17, 2012 at 10:14am Reply

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