Craving a classic? Wait until you try this easy chicken salad with grapes sandwich that can be ready in 15 minutes!

Chicken salad has seen a resurgence in popularity lately, and for good reason. It’s easy to make, endlessly versatile, and absolutely delicious.

One of my favorite go-to recipes is this chicken salad with grapes recipe. I’ve been making it for several years because it is so easy to make and a great way to use leftover chicken.

Oftentimes, I make it to eat for brunch or lunch. But it also makes a great sandwich to be served during afternoon tea as part of a delicious tea party menu.

Today, we’re taking a deep dive into the perfect chicken salad sandwich with grapes, a timeless combination that never disappoints.

Wait until you try this recipe for chicken salad with grapes!

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There are two camps out there where chicken salad is concerned. Some make it with grapes, while others make it celery. I always make chicken salad with grapes instead of celery. It’s a little sweeter and makes the dish a little less dry.

The Essential Ingredients for Any Chicken Salad Recipe

When making any kind of chicken salad recipe, you need three basic items: the chicken, a crunchy component, and mayonnaise (or some ingredient that brings the dish together).

The Perfect Chicken: It All Starts Here

When making chicken salad with grapes, you generally have options when it comes to your chicken. Poached chicken breasts offer a mild flavor and juicy texture. Roasted chicken adds a deeper savoriness. Leftover rotisserie chicken is a total time-saver.

No matter your choice, shredding it is the key to a good chicken salad recipe. Use two forks to pull the chicken apart, or pulse it briefly in a stand mixer for perfect, bite-sized pieces. As an aside, shredded turkey works beautifully in this recipe too.

I lean towards using a rotisserie chicken from the market that I shred because it is less work to prepare and has lots of flavor. And I’m all about things being easy!

Adding diced chicken to mixing bowl for chicken salad with grapes

Beyond the Grapes: Ingredients for Flavor and Crunch

While I prefer making my recipe with chicken and grapes, you can create the crunch in other ways too. Celery adds a refreshing crunch, while red onion offers a bit of bite. Toasted nuts, like almonds, pecans, or walnuts, bring richness and texture.

Feeling adventurous? Dried cranberries add a tart pop, chopped apple offers natural sweetness, and fresh herbs like dill or chives bring a touch of springtime freshness. So feel free to play around with the ingredients if you want to change things up.

The Creamy Base: Mayonnaise and Its Substitutes

Mayonnaise is the classic choice for chicken salad, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Whole-fat mayo offers the richest flavor, while low-fat versions lighten things up. Flavored mayos like chipotle or garlic add an interesting twist.

But don’t be afraid to explore healthier options too. Plain Greek yogurt, mixed with a touch of Dijon mustard, creates a tangy and creamy base. Light avocado mayo offers a healthy fat alternative.

While you can make this recipe a few different ways, I lean towards a classic chicken salad with grapes using mayonnaise as the glue that binds it all together.

adding mayonnaise to chicken salad

How to Make Chicken Salad with Grapes Sandwiches

There are minimal ingredients for this recipe, so it is super easy to shop for. It is literally chicken, grapes, and mayonnaise with salt and pepper to taste. And oftentimes, I don’t even bother seasoning it with salt and pepper, because the chicken is flavored and the mayonnaise has enough salt in it so why add more.

The Assembly Process

Simply grab a few ingredients, then dice up some chicken and grapes, and you are good to go! To make the dish, simply dice up your chicken into bite size pieces. Then slice the grapes and add them to your chicken in a mixing bowl. Toss in about 2/3 cup of mayonnaise, then mix it well.

In a large bowl, combine your shredded chicken, grapes, and mayonnaise. Mix gently though because you don’t want to turn your chicken into a mushy mess. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then take a moment to appreciate the deliciousness you’ve created!

Chill it in the refrigerator for at least two hours so the flavors meld. You can make this recipe ahead of time if you want as well.

While this recipe for chicken salad with grapes is amazing on its own, it is even better on a sandwich! So if you are not on a low-carb diet, let’s level up this dish with some yummy bread.

mixing the chicken salad with grapes well

Bread Matters: The Perfect Vessel

The right bread elevates your chicken salad from good to great. White bread offers a classic choice, while wheat bread adds a touch of heartiness. Sourdough brings a tangy flavor profile. Croissants add a touch of luxury, which is the route I choose to enjoy mine with.

Want to keep your sandwich low-carb? Wrap it up in a lettuce leaf or scoop it onto a bed of greens. Pro tip: toast your bread for added flavor and texture – it makes all the difference!

Whenever I make this for a crowd, I pick up the mini croissants from the market so they are bite-sized and perfect for any gathering. That buttery, flaky pastry gets me every time. So it is my go-to for this chicken salad with grapes sandwich recipe.

If you are making it as sandwiches, slice the croissants (or bread of your choosing) just prior to serving and spoon the chicken salad with grapes onto the sandwich. Then serve immediately.

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The Best Chicken Salad with Grapes Sandwich Recipe

Beyond the Sandwich: Serving Ideas

Chicken salad isn’t limited to sandwiches! Serve it on a bed of lettuce for a light and refreshing lunch. Scoop it onto crackers for an easy party appetizer. Feeling fancy? Hollow out a croissant basket and fill it with your chicken salad creation for a delightful centerpiece.

Final Touches and Storage Tips

A few finishing touches can take your chicken salad sandwich over the top. Garnish with a single red grape, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, or a sprig of fresh dill. Once assembled, store your chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Chicken Salad Recipe Variations

Feeling adventurous? Here are a couple of variations to inspire you:

  • Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Mango Chutney: Add a teaspoon of curry powder to your dressing for a warm, exotic twist. Top your sandwich with a dollop of mango chutney for a sweet and savory explosion.
  • Light and Healthy Chicken Salad with Apple and Yogurt: Substitute plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and add chopped apple for a touch of sweetness. Chopped celery, walnuts, and a sprinkle of dried cranberries complete this healthy and refreshing option.
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Easy Chicken Salad with Grapes Sandwiches

Stacy Ling
Looking for ways to use your leftover chicken? Wait until you try this chicken salad with grapes recipe. It tastes great on its own, but it is even better on a sandwich!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 495 kcal

Instructions
 

  • Remove the skin, dice the chicken and add to mixing bowl.
    chicken salad with grapes - dicing the chicken
  • Cut grapes in half then add to the chicken.
    diced grapes for chicken salad
  • Add 2/3 cup of mayonnaise and mix well. If it seems dry, add a little more.
    adding mayonnaise to chicken salad
  • Add salt and pepper to taste (optional – I usually skip this step to avoid the additional salt).
    chicken salad with grapes
  • Chill for at least 2 hours before serving on its own or making sandwiches.
  • To make the sandwiches, cut croissants lengthwise.
  • Spoon chicken salad into the sandwich.
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  • Serve immediately.
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Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 495kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 24gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 249mgPotassium: 389mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
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16 Comments

  1. I love grapes in chicken salad.Also add some organic walnuts or pecans and dried cranberries. Great summer meal with your favorite rolls and maybe a slice of melon when in season. Even better the next day.
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    1. So true it is so good as a summer meal! The grapes really make the dish in my opinion! Thank you very much Kathy!

  2. Stacy,
    I have a rotisserie chicken salad recipe similar to this but mine is more involved! I can’t wait to try yours.

  3. love chicken salad…. I add golden raisins,chopped pecans, celery plus celery seed. And my go to bread is always croissants too! Perfect combination

  4. Thanks for sharing, I love chicken salad! I actually use canned chicken from Sam’s Club, drained and cooked a little with some seasonings in a saucepan then let cool (I know it’s already cooked, but I think it tastes better this way). I use mayo, a little sour cream, chopped pecans, and I like both celery and grapes! (All about the crunch!). Apples are good also. Been meaning to make some now that the weather has warmed up. Definitely need to try it with croissants! It’s great because you can change it up depending on what ingredients you have on hand, as long as you have chicken and mayo😀.

    1. Oh that sounds really good! I love that it is such a forgiving recipe where you can easily change it up. THank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Yum! So good! I love adding both grapes AND celery to mine! Because I’m indecisive like that… lol

  6. I make a version of this too, and I love this! I don’t usually serve it on bread, although now I want a croissant!