Basil & Pecan Chicken Salad

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Basil & Pecan Chicken Salad from www.laurenslatest.comSo, I made this recipe a few days before I had my baby…and completely forgot about it cause ya know….I had a baby.

Also, I have a severe case of mommy-brain. Forreals. I need to take some sort of medication to make the synapses in my brain fire.

Or, I just need sleep. One of the two.

Anyways, I love chicken salad and just upped the ante on my plain old version with this Basil & Pecan version. It’s so flavorful! Basil, pecans, chicken, grapes, celery and onion! Nothing too out of the ordinary on the ingredients list, but throw them all together with a little mayo and you get something amazing! Kind of like my whole mantra for this blog: everyday ingredients extraordinary food…which PS- is the name of my ecookbook. Did you get your copy yet?

Pretty simple and humble food with yummy payoffs! Just how I like it 🙂

Here’s how you make this:IMG_0187Start by cubing up some leftover roasted chicken breasts and throwing them into a bowl.
IMG_0188Next we’ll slice lots of fresh basil to go into this salad too. I love fresh basil and should buy it more.IMG_0195 Of course, I added in some celery for a little crunch action…IMG_0192 and red onion for a little spiciness. IMG_0190 Toasted pecans {or any kind of nut} add a softer buttery bite and nice textural contrast.IMG_0196And don’t forget a bunch of grapes. Sweet little nuggets.Basil & Pecan Chicken Salad from www.laurenslatest.comStir this all together with some real mayonnaise, salt and pepper and that’s it!IMG_0229 Spoon this onto some bread and that’s lunch! IMG_0210

 Git in mah belleh!!

Perfect for lunch or light snacking through the day {which is what I do 24/7}. OR, throw these into mini croissants and serve them at a baby shower. Super cute and kind of fancy too. No one needs to know how easy it is to make 😉

Print the recipe below and save for later. Or, make it today! Enjoy your Thursday, friends!

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Basil & Pecan Chicken Salad

Leftover chicken never tasted so good! This is my new favorite way to put it to use! Flavor city right here, friends.
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • 2 large roasted chicken breasts cooled and diced
  • 2 cups red grapes sliced
  • 10 large basil leaves chiffonade
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans toasted pecans
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 3/4-1 cup real 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
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23 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. 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 […]

  8. Bonita Siberry

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

  9. 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

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