Almond Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad, Sandwich or Appetizer Spread!

Favorite Restaurant Recipe

What flexibility this restaurant Almond Chicken Salad Recipe provides!

This restaurant recipe can be used to make a sandwich, a salad or a number of really great appetizers!

This restaurant recipe is one of my customers' favorites. I know because they always clean their plates and ...have asked for this secret restaurant recipe many, many times.

Here is the basic Almond Chicken Salad Recipe. (Don’t worry. I will tell you how to “tweak” it for sandwiches and several different kinds of appetizers after you have the basic recipe.)

Almond Chicken Salad Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Recipe

Preparation time: 20 minutes. This restaurant recipe makes approximately 8 servings if used as a sandwich or a salad. For appetizers, much more.



  • 1 3/4 pounds cooked chicken breasts or a combination of white and dark chicken meat
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried cranberries (important)
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds


Ingredients for Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup whipping cream, whipped softly
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper


  • Chop chicken lightly in a food processor or chop half the meat with a knife and the other half in the food processor (don’t over- do it or you’ll end up with a paste)
  • Fold in celery, cranberries and almonds
  • Whip cream and slowly blend in the mayonnaise and coarse black pepper
  • Toss the chicken mixture with the dressing using ONLY ENOUGH to moisten well
  • Correct seasoning adding salt and pepper if desired


That’s it. Just scoop the portion size you want onto a little lettuce arranged neatly on a plate, garnish with a couple slices of tomato and serve with some bread or one of my award-winning bran muffins.

Option:  If you do not have sun-dried cranberries, use canned pineapple, grapes or fresh chopped apples, although I believe the sun-dried cranberries really are BEST in this restaurant chicken salad. It is what has made this a secret restaurant recipe for so many years.

To use the chicken salad for sandwiches just combine two slices of bread (your choice), 2 lettuce leaves, 2 - 3 slices of tomato and a little mayonnaise if desired.

Now what do you do to use this best restaurant recipe for creating appetizers?

Chop the chicken salad a bit finer. That’s all you have to do!

And then what? Use the chicken salad to fill small cream puffs, or cherry tomatoes. Use it as a topping for canapés or as a spread on a variety of crackers.

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Enjoy your chicken salad and the company of those you share it with!


Did you know? An almond is really a seed of the fruit of the almond tree. Like its cousins (the peach, cherry and apricot) the almond tree bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut.