Chicken Salad Sandwich

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Leftover chicken never tasted so good! A Chicken Salad Sandwich is always my favorite way to put it to use! Shredded roasted chicken, sliced red grapes, red onion, basil, celery and chopped pecans come together in a simple mayonnaise dressing. Scoop a heaping spoonful (or more!) onto a croissant and you have the most delicious lunch ever! Pair with some Homemade Kettle Chips or my easy Fruit Salad.

Chicken Salad Sandwich on Croissant

Use Croissants

Everyone has their own version of Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Some use dinner rolls, some opt for the low carb option of a wrap or just eat it plain, maybe with some crackers. Croissants are my go to for many reasons. It’s obvious that they are far superior to all the other breads out there, but the buttery, flaky texture is really just the best and you cannot convince me otherwise. I love to use croissants for chicken salad because they are so soft and pretty sturdy as far as bread goes. You can really load on the chicken salad and some crunchy lettuce to finish it off.

Chicken Salad Sandwich on Croissant

How to Make Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Definitely one of the most simple recipes I have…the hardest part comes in the slicing and dicing of the grapes and veggies. For full recipe details, see the printable recipe card down below.


Combine All Ingredients

Combine shredded chicken, sliced red grapes, basil, chopped pecans, diced red onion, and diced celery together in large bowl. Add in Mayonnaise and salt + pepper. Stir to combine.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

Scoop onto Croissants + Serve

Add lettuce to bottom part of croissant. Scoop a heaping spoonful or two onto croissant.

Chicken Salad Sandwich in bowl

What to Serve with Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Depending on how you are using these, there are lots of options for side dishes that pair well. If you’re wanting to make these for a party/gathering, try using mini croissants and serve as an appetizer. Other side dish options are:

Chicken Salad Sandwich in bowl

Storing Leftovers

Store leftover Chicken Salad in an airtight container in the fridge. Chicken salad will stay fresh for 2-3 days…depending on when the roasted chicken was cooked. You will want to stir the mixture up a little before you use it, as the mayo and other juices tend to separate a little.

Make Ahead – The beauty of Chicken Salad is the longer it sits, the better it tastes! This absolutely is a great make ahead kind of recipe.

Freezing – Unfortunately freezing isn’t an option. Anything with mayonnaise in it doesn’t freeze very well and I don’t recommend it.

More Salads to Try!

This Chicken Salad Sandwich recipe is perfect for lunch or light snacking…OR throw these into mini croissants. Super cute and kind of fancy too. No one needs to know how easy it is to make. 😉

The printable recipe card is found below. Be sure to print, save, bookmark and share this recipe to have handy! Enjoy your day, friends!

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5 from 2 votes

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Leftover chicken never tasted so good! A Chicken Salad Sandwich is my new favorite way to put it to use!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 large roasted chicken breasts fully cooked, cooled and diced
  • 2 cups red grapes sliced
  • 10 large basil leaves chiffonade
  • ½ cup pecans toasted, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • ¾-1 cup mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Stir all ingredients together in large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Delicious with crackers or in a sandwich with lettuce.


Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pecan Chicken Salad
5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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27 Responses
  1. Candice

    5 stars
    Just prepared a batch for lunch at work this week. Taste test was delicious! Local store didn’t have red onions, so I used diced shallot. Like so many have said, basil nicely complements everything else in the recipe! Thank you for posting!

  2. Donna

    I boil my chicken then pull in pieces put either Miracle Whip or Mayo (we like Miracle Whip) and add Slaw Salad dressing and grapes everyone loves that

  3. Annie

    I love your website and want to keep many of your recipes on Pinterest. I do not see the Pinterest icon when I download a recipe, and I do not use Facebook. How can I get them over to tPinterest

  4. Bonita Siberry

    We love this salad, the last time I made it, I used two cans of Wild Albacore Tuna (Costco) & it was amazing…

  5. Friday Finds

    […] love chicken salad and Lauren’s variation also has basil, pecans and grapes in it. Looks amazing! Why do I never have enough leftover chicken […]

  6. Nikki @Seeded at the Table

    Mmmm yes! LOVE chicken salad! And, your photos are getting more and more beautiful! Did you get a new lens by any chance?

  7. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    Ain’t nothin’ gettin’ in the way of me and this salad. I’ve been craving chicken salad for Daayyzzzzz! You just saved the day. Officially.

  8. Traci

    I love a good chicken salad, and I love how you added basil to your salad. Can’t wait to try this on a hot summer day.

  9. Jenny

    I do this all the time – I love mixing it up – sometimes cranberries, almonds and big chunks of celery. It’s all about the textures. Looks great.

  10. Stephie @ Eat your heart out

    Pecans and grapes are the secret to my chicken salad! I seriously love the juicy grapes with the nuts and the chicken and the yummmm. I love the idea of adding basil, will definitely ponder that one next time!

  11. Cookin Canuck

    How I love a really good chicken salad sandwich. I love the basil in here! As for mummy brain…my kids are 11 and 9, and I’m still suffering from it. Ack!