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Chicken Salad with Apples and Walnuts
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
This chicken salad with apples and walnuts gives a sweet flavor and some crunch to your favorite lunchtime salad or sandwich.
Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Lunch, Sandwiches
Servings: 8
Calories: 395 kcal
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ¾ cup walnuts coarsely chopped
  • salt
  • 2 pounds chicken breast
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 apples diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Start by preparing your ingredients. Place the diced red onion in a small bowl and cover with cold water. Let it soak for 20 minutes (or longer) to make it less pungent and then drain the water away.
  2. Toast the walnuts by tossing them in a dry skillet over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or on a sheet pan in the oven at 350ºF for 10 minutes. Set the toasted walnuts aside.
  3. Poach the chicken breasts by bringing a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water with salt and add the chicken breasts. Let the water return to a boil and then simmer for 2 minutes. Turn the heat off, cover the pot with a lid and let the chicken sit for 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Let it cool for 10 minutes, then cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces or shred the chicken with two forks. Place the chicken in a large bowl.
  4. Drain the red onion and pat it dry with a clean paper towel. Add the onion to the bowl with the chicken, along with the toasted walnuts, celery, apples, dried cranberries and parsley.
  5. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and celery seeds in a small bowl. Add the dressing to the bowl and stir to coat everything with the dressing.
  6. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Chill until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Salad with Apples and Walnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 282mg12%
Potassium 546mg16%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 167IU3%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.