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Easy Apple Chicken Salad

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Easy apple chicken salad croissants get their delicious crunch from sweet apples. The combination with chicken makes for a great lunch.

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Easy Apple Chicken Salad on a croissant on a blue plate with apple slices.

This post is sponsored by NewAir. All opinions are my own.

My Mom used to call me a chicken salad connoisseur. Whenever I have the opportunity to make chicken salad, I do. Often I’ll make extra chicken just so I can make chicken salad.

If it’s on a menu, I order it. I love chicken salad and have passed that love on to my youngest son. I recently made this easy apple chicken salad croissant for a weekend lunch.

A photo of ingredients needed for apple chicken salad.

What ingredients do you need for apple chicken salad?

An at-a-glance list of what you need to make this recipe:

  • Chicken – Cook chicken for this recipe, use up leftovers, or buy a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket.
  • Apple – Chop your apple into bite-sized pieces. I start by using an apple corer and slice the wedges from there.
  • Almonds – I prefer to use slivered to sliced. Sliced can get soggy.
  • Dried Cranberries – You could use raisins if you prefer but the cranberries add great flavor.
  • Onion – Finely chopped onion adds texture and flavor.
  • Mayonnaise – Use your favorite brand.
  • Croissant – Or crackers, your favorite sandwich bread, flour tortillas, or butter lettuce.

Ingredients for apple chicken salad in a blue bowl.


How do you serve apple chicken salad?

My absolute favorite way to serve easy apple chicken salad is on a buttery croissant. But I don’t always have croissants so sometimes I’ll use toasted wheat or potato bread.

I often enjoy chicken salad on crackers or in a lettuce wrap. I like it in flour tortillas too such as these cranberry almond chicken salad wraps.

It was a summer not so long ago when I taught my son to make chicken salad. Now when I make chicken he always asks me to cook an extra chicken breast or two. That way we can have chicken salad for a weekend lunch and he gets to practice making it.

Easy Apple Chicken Salad on a croissant on a blue plate with apple slices.

While we love this chicken salad on croissants but I always have flour tortillas in the house and that’s a nice alternative. You could also make scrumptious lettuce wraps too, but it’s equally delicious on any bread you choose.

What type of apples can I use for easy apple chicken salad?

Honestly, you can use your favorite apple in this recipe. I love Envy™ apples because they don’t turn brown quickly but I’ve also used Granny Smith and Red Delicious.

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How do I keep apples from turning brown?

If you choose a variety other than the Envy™, before mixing the apples with the chicken and other ingredients, toss them with a little apple juice. 

Pro Tip: You can use either lemon juice or apple juice to keep apples from turning brown.

I know, you’ve heard that lemon juice keeps apples from browning but so does apple juice. And, apple juice doesn’t alter the flavor at all. 

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More sandwich ideas

While these sandwiches are perfect for anyone, along with this easy chicken salad with apples, they’re ideal for college kids who have access to a kitchen. There’s no cooking involved, either.

In addition to this easy apple chicken salad recipe, here’s a round-up of easy sandwich and wrap ideas for college students that are ideal for a dorm.

Easy Apple Chicken Salad on a croissant on a blue plate with apple slices.

Apple Chicken Salad Croissants

Yield: 2 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Sweet apples add a delicious crunch to this chicken salad. Perfect for a weekend lunch or to take to work.


  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • ½ sweet onion, diced
  • 1 apple, chopped and cored
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 croissants, sliced in half


  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except croissants. Pile chicken salad evenly on each croissant.
  2. Serve and enjoy.



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Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Sounds delicious, i love making chicken salad will have to dry it with apple next time


Wednesday 27th of May 2020

A great twist on the original recipe! I have all the ingredients in the house, this will be lunch tomorrow.

Rose Martine

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

This recipe is AMAZING. I will eat this for the rest of my life! So good and easy-peasy.

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