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The Best Chicken Salad Sandwich with grapes

Your mouth will love this classic chicken salad recipe with grapes! With only 9 ingredients it makes a quick, delicious meal to please the entire family. It’s perfect for an easy dinner, potlucks, and parties, and makes a perfect sandwich slider for a school lunch.

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Looking for more delicious and easy chicken recipes? You’ll love our Chicken Carbonara, Italian Baked Chicken, Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole, and our Creamy Chicken Noodle soup, to name a few!

Step into the world of flavor with our chicken salad with grapes recipe, a harmonious blend of tender chicken, crisp celery, and sweet grapes in a creamy dressing that masterfully balances tanginess with a hint of sweetness. Perfect for picnics, potlucks, or a quick and easy family dinner.

❤️ Why This Is The Best Chicken Salad Recipe With Grapes

I love the ease of mixing this chicken salad recipe. It only takes a few minutes and no cooking! Making it perfect for hot summer days or busy weeknights!

It is easy to double or even triple the recipe for potlucks, tailgating, or parties. Make this salad a day before your event to let the day of the party glide effortlessly! The best part? It tastes even more incredible after the flavors have had some time to blend and deepen. Trust me, it’s a game-changer for stress-free hosting!

Or keep it small and pack it in a cooler for a fresh take on school lunches while everyone else is eating their boring sliced meat sandwiches. It makes the perfect little chicken salad sliders that fit perfectly into a bento box with fruit and veggies.

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I’m quite particular about my chicken salad because let’s face it, too many recipes out there end up on the dry side. However, this version is a total game-changer with its generous amount of dressing and the clever inclusion of grapes, which add a burst of moisture and freshness that’s hard to beat.

🍗 Ingredients

Chicken: I prefer to use my home canned chicken because it is incredibly fast. But I also love to make this with freshly shredded chicken.


Save time by using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer to effortlessly shred your chicken! Not only will it cut your prep time significantly, but it’ll also spare your hands from the strain.

Celery: adding diced celery provides just the right touch of crispness and freshness.

Green Onions: these add a subtle onion flavor and a fresh, crisp texture, enhancing the overall taste and adding a hint of brightness to the dish.

Red Grapes: adding sliced red grapes to a chicken salad provides a burst of sweetness and juiciness, balancing out the savory flavors of the chicken and other ingredients. It also introduces a pleasant contrast in texture.

Mayonnaise: you will want to make sure you have real full-fat mayonnaise. Substituting with Miracle Whip does NOT taste right. Please don’t try it.

Sour Cream: this adds a creamy texture and a tangy flavor, enhancing the overall richness and depth of taste. It is also a crucial ingredient for binding all the others together into creamy chicken salad.

Seasonings: freshly ground Black pepper and sea salt are the perfect seasonings to complete the flavors.

Lemon Juice: the acidity of the lemon juice helps to tenderize the chicken and adds a refreshing touch.

✍🏻 Instructions

Prep Ingredients: begin by shredding the chicken, slicing the grapes, chopping the green onions, and measuring out the mayonnaise and sour cream.

Mix The Dressing: combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, pepper, salt, and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl. Whisk it all together until smooth

Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl add the chicken, grapes, and green onions. Drizzle with the dressing. Stir with a spoon until the dressing is evenly distributed and all ingredients are well coated.

Serve and Enjoy! Now, enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch! This chicken salad recipe is not only easy but also packed with flavor, quick to prepare, and incredibly satisfying, thanks to its high protein content!

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🍽️ Serving Tips

We love serving the chicken salad on Hawaiian dinner rolls for mini chicken salad sliders. But when we serve it for a potluck or party we serve it with dinner rolls, bolillo rolls, or even croissants.

Aside from sandwiches, you can also serve it up on a single slice of toast, in a tortilla wrap, on a bed of lettuce, in a lettuce wrap for a low-carb option, or even eat it as it is with a fork! You can even snack on it with crackers or chips!


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👩🏻‍🍳 Chicken Salad Variations

  • Chicken: My method uses canned chicken because it goes faster. But you can also use leftover rotisserie chicken or regular shredded chicken. Both elevate this recipe.
  • Nuts: Try adding your favorite nuts to this classic chicken salad. Favorites include almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews.
  • Apples: Another great fruit to add to the mix is diced apples. It adds another flavor profile that blends well and adds another level of crunch to the texture.
  • Dried Fruit: You can also add dried cranberries to add a sweet and tangy flavor profile.

🫙 How long does chicken salad last?

When kept in the fridge, tightly sealed, your chicken salad should stay fresh for roughly 3-4 days. You don’t want to leave it out longer than 2 hours before you run the risk of bacteria growth.

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💭 FAQs

Should chicken salad be warm or cold?

Chicken salad is traditionally served cold for optimal flavor and texture.

How do you slice grapes for chicken salad?

For chicken salad, simply halve the grapes lengthwise with a sharp knife for bite-sized pieces that distribute sweetness evenly throughout your salad.

How long can chicken salad last sitting out for a picnic?

Chicken salad should not be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours when served outdoors at a picnic.

How do you keep chicken salad fresh for a picnic?

Keep chicken salad chilled in a well-insulated cooler with ice packs to maintain freshness. Serve it directly from the cooler to keep it cold throughout the picnic.

How do I give the chicken salad more flavor?

If you think the chicken salad needs even more flavor you can try adding a little pickle juice to your chicken salad recipe before incorporating the salt, then taste the mixture to determine if any additional seasoning is necessary. For an extra kick, consider incorporating red onion or Dijon mustard into your recipe.

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Best Chicken Salad Recipe

Best Chicken Salad Recipe

This chicken salad recipe with grapes is a perfect meal prep option for easy school lunches and picnics. Flavorful tender chicken salad stuffed between sweet king's Hawaiian rolls for one delicious sandwich!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 Quart Homemade Canned Chicken or (4 Cups Shredded Chicken)
  • 4 stalks finely chopped celery
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced red grapes
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 12 pack King's Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls.


  1. combine shredded chicken, celery, green onion, and grapes into a bowl and toss until well mixed.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, pepper, salt, and lemon juice. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Pour mayonnaise mixture into the bowl with the chicken.
  4. Stir until well combines
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least 4-6 hours or even overnight.
  6. Slice each King's Hawaiian dinner rolls in half. Spread a few tablespoons of the chicken salad on the bottom and top with the other half.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!


This chicken salad recipe can be stored for about a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can easily be made a day ahead of time, for quick and easy lunch prep the next day.

This recipe is also easy to double or even triple to feed a large crowd for potlucks or family gatherings.

If you have family members who don't like celery - I found that if you chop them very finely, the kids don't even notice they are there.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 603mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 18g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although Busy Creating Memories attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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