Chicken Grape Salad

A poached chicken salad is a specific type of chicken salad unto itself. Poached chicken breasts, when made correctly, result in extra tender, delicate, moist consistently textured white meat chicken.  And that chicken in turn makes for a tender, delicate, moist chicken salad.  My grandmother used to make chicken salad with poached chicken and grapes – or come to think of it, she perhaps bought poached chicken salad with grapes, and I just assumed she made it.  Either way, it takes me back.

Chicken Salad with Grapes

Poached Chicken for Chicken Salad

Poaching chicken breasts is one of the easiest ways to cook chicken, and takes very little time.  It’s also very flexible, in that you can season the poaching liquid in any sort of way, with whatever herbs and aromatics you have around.  Click here to see how to prepare perfect poached chicken breasts every time.

Poached Chicken Salad with Grapes: This old-school classic is a perfect lunch any time, any place. So simple to make, juicy and delicious.

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Herbs in Poached Chicken Salad

This recipe calls for parsley plus dill, which is one of my favorite herbs in chicken salad. Tarragon would be amazing as well, either in combination with the dill, or instead of the dill.  Other herbs like oregano, chervil, marjoram, and thyme are also options.  I always like parsley in addition to another herb, but you can skip it if you don’t have it around.

Chicken Salad with Grapes

Fruit in Chicken Salad

I grew up with grapes in chicken salad (it was very sophisticated back then -and still seems sophisticated to me now!)  Green grapes, back grapes, red grapes, anything works here.  Seedless grapes provide the nicest eating experience.  You can use other fruit in place of the grapes.  Diced apples would be delicious, and especially welcome during the fall season.  

Chicken Salad with Grapes

Or, try ½ cup chopped dried fruit in addition to or in instead of the grapes.  Dried cranberries, cherries, chopped dried apricots or strawberries, all would be great additions.

Chicken Salad with Grapes

You can also add ½ cup roughly chopped toasted walnuts or pecans.  

How to Make Chicken Salad with Grapes

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, milk, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper.

Stir in the celery, scallions, parsley and dill.

Chicken Salad with Grapes

Dice the chicken into ½ inch cubes. Mix the chicken and the grapes into the mixture in the bowl until well combined.

Chicken Salad with Grapes

Serve in a sandwich, or on toasted bread as an open-faced sandwich, or pile some onto a green lettuce salad, either lightly dressed, or not dressed at all (the dressing in the chicken salad will serve as a dressing for the greens).

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Chicken Salad with Grapes

This old-school classic is a perfect lunch any time, any place. So simple to make, juicy and delicious.
Yield: 4 People
Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • ½ cup sliced scallions , green and white parts
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 ½ cups halved grapes , green, red or purple
  • 3 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts , poached and cooled

Directions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, milk, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper. Stir in the celery, scallions, parsley and dill.
  • Dice the chicken into ½ inch cubes. Mix the chicken and the grapes into the mixture in the bowl until well combined. Serve in a sandwich, or on toasted bread as an open-faced sandwich, or pile some onto a green lettuce salad, either lightly dressed, or not dressed at all (the dressing in the chicken salad will serve as a dressing for the greens).

Nutrition Information

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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