A quick and easy classic Chicken Salad recipe with no added sugar. Gluten free, dairy free, and Whole30 friendly!

sweet and savory chicken salad before mixing

I’m pretty sure this simple chicken salad is one of my favorite lunches of all time. In a sandwich, wrap, or on a bed of lettuce – it’s so delicious! It’s also very easy to make and great for meal prep. Make a big batch over the weekend to have for lunches throughout the week!

My mom always used to add grapes to her chicken salad when I was growing up, and now I can’t have chicken salad without them! The beauty of this recipe is you can add whatever fruit + nuts you have on hand. Blueberries, apples, strawberries, almonds, pecans, etc. – you get the point. You really can’t go wrong!

What You Need to Make This Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad:

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this simple chicken salad recipe.

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, or the meat from 1 rotisserie chicken. Whole Foods has Whole30 compliant rotisserie chickens. Most others have added ingredients (even gluten) – so make sure to check your labels! I love getting organic chicken from Butcher Box!
  • Mayo – I love Sir Kensington’s mayo and I get the large jar of it at Costco. They removed sugar as an added ingredient, so it is now Whole30 compliant. You can also make your own! This is a great recipe from my friend Natalie at Tastes Lovely!
  • Dried cranberries OR diced apple (I love to use green apples in this)
  • Pistachios or pecans
  • Celery
  • Grapes
  • Celery seed
  • Paprika
  • Sea salt


Sweet and savory chicken salad with celery, grapes, and pecans

How To Make This Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad:

If you are making your own shredded chicken and not using rotisserie, bring a pot of water to a boil with the chicken breasts in the pot. Once it is boiling, cover it and remove from the heat. Let the chicken sit in the hot covered pan for 15 minutes. Shred it using two forks. Alternatively, shred or cut up your rotisserie chicken.

Add the shredded chicken and remaining ingredients to a large bowl, and mix well. Serve on a salad, on a sandwich, or in a paleo wrap. You can store this chicken salad in the fridge for up to 5 days.

sweet and savory chicken salad on a grain free tortilla

Looking for some other delicious lunch recipes? Check these out!

Thanksgiving Chicken Salad

Buffalo Tuna Salad

Ok, let’s get cookin’!

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Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad

A sweet & savory chicken salad that is whole30 friendly, paleo, and gluten/dairy free. 
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  • 1 lb chicken breasts , or 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 15-20 grapes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or diced apple
  • 1/4 cup pistachios or pecans, raw or dry roasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery, (optional)
  • 1/4 cup mayo , Use Primal Kitchen for Whole30
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  • Cook chicken (if not using rotisserie): Bring a large pot of water to a boil with chicken breasts inside. Once boiling, cover and remove from heat. Let the breasts sit in the covered pot for 15 minutes. Chop/shred and add to a bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients into a large bowl with the cooked shredded chicken. Mix well until combined. Refrigerate until ready to eat! Can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. 


Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 517mg, Potassium: 568mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 140IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg