In the Kitchen: Harvest Apple Chicken Salad

A favorite family recipe that comes together quickly and easily

Published online: Sep 13, 2019 Articles, Dining Jessica Hallam
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As we now head back into the busy swing of school schedules and all that it entails, I wanted to share with you a fast and refreshing dish for those remaining fall days.

My Harvest Apple Chicken Salad comes together quickly and easily. It has been a family favorite for a few years now. I love it served over a big bowl of salad greens or on a rich buttery croissant. The chicken combined with sweet apples and spicy pecans is a match made in heaven.


4 chicken breasts, about 1 pound

¼ c. shallots, finely chopped

½ a fuji or honey crisp apple, chopped into thin pieces

1/3c. craisins

1/3c. spicy pecans, recipe to follow

1 ½ c. mayo

2tsp. Dijon mustard

½ tsp. granulated garlic

¼ tsp. salt, plus more to taste

¼ tsp. pepper, plus more to taste

6-8 large croissants, for serving

Spicy pecan recipe:

1/3c. chopped pecans

2tbsp. butter

¼ c. brown sugar

¼ tsp. spicy hot paprika


  1. Boil chicken until cooked through. About 10-15 minutes.

  2. While that is going, combine pecans, butter and brown sugar in a skillet until sugar is melted. Cook for 2-3 minutes and add paprika.

  3. Chop or shred chicken and place into a large bowl. Add all the ingredients and mix well. Let refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Taste. If it needs more salt and pepper add a pinch of each.

  4. Slice croissants in half, fill with chicken salad mixture and serve.

Photo: Leanna Kotter / Idaho Falls Magazine


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