Arby’s Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad

Arby’s Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad is a new menu item at Arby’s. Arby’s is known for their hearty roast beef sandwiches, but they do so much more than roast beef. They make a delicious nut and fruit filled grilled chicken salad like no one else.

Many places skimp on the nuts when they go into a recipe, well, Arby’s knows how to make a chicken salad that is packed with all sorts of tasty ingredients. You can try one of their Market Fresh Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad sandwiches at home.

Homemade copycat Arby's Grilled Chicken Pecan Salad in a sandwich on a plate.

You don’t need to limit yourself to just a sandwich with this chicken salad; you could put this in a large tortilla for a wrap. This chicken salad would go well in a submarine bun; I loved this with toasted sourdough bread. Honestly, this goes well only scooped out and placed on a salad.

If you don’t happen to have any grilled chicken around, you could use leftover chicken that you may have from a baked chicken. If you need to grill your chicken, I will grill up about 1 to 1 1/4 pounds for this recipe.

This recipe is very flexible, you could add a little more or a little less of any of these ingredients, and you will come up with a great tasting chicken salad sandwich.

Ingredients for homemade copycat Arby's Grilled Chicken Pecan salad.

While they do not toast their pecans, I think you could easily bring this salad to the next level by toasting the pecans in a skillet over medium-high heat just until they become fragrant. Allow the pecans to cool completely before preparing the chicken salad.

Homemade copycat Arby's Grilled Chicken and Pecan salad in a sandwich on a green plate.

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Homemade copycat Arby's Grilled Chicken Pecan Salad in a sandwich on a plate.

Arby's Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad

Arby's Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad is a delicious chicken salad.   Arby's does not always offer this recipe online.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arby's Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 363kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups chicken breast grilled
  • 1 cup of diced red apple
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup of grapes sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (juice of one small lemon)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium-sized bowl add diced apple and one tablespoon of lemon juice.  Stir lemon juice into apples coating them well.  This will help keep the apples from turning brown.  Add chicken, sliced grapes, diced celery, and pecans.  Mix well until everything is mixed through.  Add 1/2 cup mayonnaise, if the mixture is too dry you can add another 1/4 cup of mayonnaise.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Allow flavors to marry in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before serving. 
  •  o prepare sandwich like Arby's use thickly sliced wheat bread, add a couple of slices of green leaf lettuce, and add about 1 cup of chicken salad to the sandwich. While they do not toast their pecans, I think you could easily bring this salad to the next level by toasting the pecans in a skillet on medium-high heat just until they become fragrant. Allow the pecans to cool completely before preparing the chicken salad. 


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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  1. Floyd_Lloyd

    I know that this article was written three years ago, but I love, Love, LOVE this sandwich and am always disappointed when they take it off the menu. It is seasonal and doesn’t stay on all year. My question is, if I can ever get a response, is the binder of this salad mayo or yogurt? It doesn’t really taste heavy enough to be mayonnaise. If I can figure this out, sorry Arby’s, I’ll be having this at home.

    • stephaniemanley

      My binder is mayonnaise, an employee later emailed me and said, wow your recipe is spot on, and I got the ingredients right. So I would assume it is mayonnaise as well. I think the key here is not to add too much of it.

  2. Rosa

    In the instructions you said to add chicken, sliced grapes, diced celery… but you don’t have grapes on ingredients. How much grapes do I add?

      • Amber Quates

        I make this recipe with regular mayonnaise. I can’t stand Hellman’s because it’s sweet. And I either use blue plate or a store brand that tastes good. I made this recipe for our churches graduation party for our congregation several years ago. It went over really well. In fact, my mom had never had chicken salad that way before and she loved it when she tasted it. So much so, she called me today and asked me to make it for Christmas Eve. This time though, I’m going to make it with roasted turkey. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  3. Ellen

    You forgot the grapes, which are my favorite part ๐Ÿ™‚ I make this at home all the time but I just boil chicken breasts instead of grilling them. I love this stuff!!

  4. CR

    Thanks for posting this recipe. Other sites I’ve gone to don’t have a decent recipe or just a calorie count of Arby’s. I’ve eaten at Arby’s and like the chicken salad, however I like being able to make my own at home and control the calories. Your servings say 1…what? Very good and refreshing! I eat it on a whole wheat wrap. Yum!

    • stephaniemanley

      I had an error on the serving size, this makes about 4 servings. So you could have a very thick 2 sandwiches, or say 4 normal sandwiches.

  5. Tina P

    I worked there when they first started making the market fresh line. You’ve pretty much got it, you just have one extra ingredient ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • KC Hater

      I have a super dumb question, and hopefully someone will see this and respond. Can anyone tell me how to best prepare the chicken? Obviously you can prepare your own, or even by the Tyson precooked stuff, what is the best option to get that Arby’s taste? Sorry, I know, I know, DURP.

      • stephaniemanley

        Why don’t you take about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breasts sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides, and then cook them in a pan. To the pan be sure to add a couple of teaspoons of oil, and cook them for about 7 to 8 minutes on the first side and about 5 minutes on the second side over medium heat. Be sure the chicken is fully cooked before making the chicken salad.

      • KC Hater

        Thank you for your help. I really like the Arby’s Chicken Salad, and didn’t want to wreck the recipe by cooking the chicken the wrong way.

        Much appreciated! !!!


      • Consuelo Johnson Yero

        I would definitely make my own by simply cooking it over the stove depending on how you want to season it but you can also buy the chicken already precooked as well

      • Valerie Villalobos

        I make a different chicken salad with boiled chicken thighs all u do is season the water right n the broth makes ur chicken more flavorful. Shredded then chopped. I find white meat is a lil 2 dry 4 a salad. Truste me boiling in its own juices gives it more tastier n tenderer.

      • Ani Animasola

        I use a 1/2 cup sour cream as part of the binder. I adjust the mayo by the same amount. My family likes it a lot. Oh, also I use walnuts.

  6. arbys employee

    I work at an arbys and this isnt quite the recipe. To make 12 sandwiches you need 1 lb of grilled chicken breast (diced), 1/2 lb of mayo, 8 oz of chopped grapes and apples (red) and 4 oz of pecans and chopped celery.The portion sizes are 6 oz each on 2 slices of wheat bread. Also add a piece if leaf lettuce to it. All you do is chop and mix all the ingredients together (except the lettuce) in a bowl, then it is ready to put on the bread abd serve.

  7. Carol

    Just made this! Amazing! I added some ingredients though: parsley, spinach, mango flavored cranberries (so yum!), and cayanne pepper. It is without a doubt the richest chicken salad I’ve ever had. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • whyisthismakingmepickaname

      Arby’s makes their chicken salad by bulk.. 4 lbs of chicken, 1 lb
      apples, 8 oz celery, 8 oz grapes, 8 oz pecans (I’m going off of memory
      but I’m pretty sure that’s it..) and the original recipe calls for around 2 lbs of mayonnaise, but every Arby’s I’ve worked in cuts that down to around 20-28 oz because customers complain a lot when there’s too much mayo.

  8. NJuniee

    This is out of this world delicious !! OMG ! I will never eat chicken salad any other way ! Thank you so much for this recipe !!

  9. Bjn

    have you ever made the tim horton’s bisquit that they serve for breakfast with cheese and ham?I just want to make the bisquit.please say you do!I love all the copy cat things. what a terrific site this is. sincerely.jeanne

  10. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)

    I love this chicken salad…and now I can make it at home for less money! Thanks, Stephanie…

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