Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Honey Pecan Chicken Salad

     There are many ways to make chicken salad. Everybody and every restaurant make it different, and they are all delicious. The main ingredients are chicken and mayo. Other than that you can just about add anything you like. One of the local restaurants here in town adds a couple of slices of bacon along with the lettuce. This is my very favorite chicken salad recipe. I had it at a restaurant a long time ago, and have been making it this way ever since. It was a big hit at the birthday party last weekend. We didn't have any left over, so I would say I'm not the only one who likes it!

1 cup mayo (I like the kind with olive oil)
1/2 cup relish
2 Tbl minced onion
1 Tbl honey
1-1/2 Tbl sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1-1/2 lb chopped cooked chicken
Optional: fruit, dried fruit, different types of nuts, seeds
optional toppings: lettuce, tomato, bacon

  • Combine mayo, relish, onion, honey, sugar, salt, and white pepper in a bowl.
  • Stir in celery and pecans. Fold in chicken. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Chill covered in refrigerator until serving. I made it the night before the party, and pulled it out when guests arrived.
  • Serve on crusty bread, sandwich thins or wraps.


  1. Chicken salad is my favoite. Is that PICKLE relish in it? I don't know of any other kids of relish but I just wanted to make sure. This sounds wonderful!

  2. I just used regular sweet relish from the store. I only know of two kinds sweet and dill.

  3. I make a batch of chicken salad nearly every week to carry to work for lunch...I'll have to try this.


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