Copycat Chicken Salad Chick – Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad Chick Fancy Nancy is a fruity chicken salad with grapes, apples, pecans, and celery.

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Flavorful Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad Chick offers delicious homemade Southern favorites and specializes in chicken salad. They understand that everyone has a different notion of what the perfect chicken salad should be. You can choose from more than a dozen varieties, including simple, nutty, fruity, savory, or spicy. There’s a chicken salad for everyone.

This Chicken Salad Chick Fancy Nancy recipe is made with a generous amount of chicken tenders that shred easily when pulled apart after cooking. The chicken tenders are cooked in flavorful chicken stock, and the tenders absorb some of these flavors.

The celery is finely minced, so there are no large pieces. Dry ranch salad dressing mix contributes a special character, and the salad is dressed with Fuji apples for crispness, seedless grapes for a sweet crunch, and pecans for a touch of nuttiness. Fancy and tasty indeed!

If you are not lucky enough to be located near a Chicken Salad Chick restaurant, you can make this copycat Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad at home.

The great thing about chicken salad is that it fits every occasion – lunch, light suppers, potlucks, baby showers, lake days, beach trips. You could say it’s the little black dress of spreads! Chicken Salad Chick uses Duke’s mayonnaise, which is superior mayonnaise. However, I’ve used Hellmann’s with excellent results.

How long is Chicken Salad good for?

This recipe will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days. Since this salad has chicken and mayonnaise, it should not be left out at room temperature for longer than two hours.

Chicken Salad Recipe with Grapes, Apples, and Pecans

Make the best chicken salad sandwich with this easy Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad recipe. It’s just great for a hearty lunch or a quick informal dinner. Good ole’ Nancy will keep everyone coming back for more!

Ingredients for Homemade Chicken Salad

Here’s what you need to make Fancy Nancy chicken salad:

  • Chicken
  • Chicken stock (low sodium)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dry Ranch salad dressing mix
  • Red seedless grapes
  • Fuji apple
  • Pecans
  • Celery
  • Salt and pepper
Chicken Salad Chick Fancy Nancy chicken salad ingredients

How to Make Chicken Salad with Apples, Grapes, and Pecans

  1. Cook the chicken in chicken stock until done. Use two forks or a stand mixer to shred chicken.
shredded cooked chicken in a mixing bowl
  1. Add remaining ingredients to another bowl.
grapes, pecans, celery, mayonnaise, and dry ranch dressing in a mixing bowl
  1. Add shredded chicken and stir to combine. For best flavor, make the salad a couple of hours in advance. Keep salad refrigerated until serving.
  1. Serve on top of lettuce or in a sandwich.
homemade Chicken Salad Chick Fancy Nancy chicken salad on top of lettuce on a plate

Serving suggestions for homemade chicken salad?

You may wonder what you should eat your chicken salad with or what should you put it on. Let’s cover how you can turn it into a copycat for Chicken Salad Chicken.

  • A bed of leaf lettuce if you want to enjoy it as a scoop, be sure to serve with some wheat Keebler crackers
  • A croissant with leaf lettuce and sliced fresh tomatoes
  • Wheat Berry bread with leaf lettuce and sliced fresh tomatoes

How to store Chicken Salad with Grapes, Apples, and Pecans

I personally like to make this chicken salad the day before I serve it. I think waiting makes everything taste a little better. So you should store this in your refrigerator in an airtight container. Chicken salad lasts for 3 to 4 days when left in your refrigerator.

How do I plan for the amount of chicken salad to make per person?

You may want to serve this recipe for a party or other gathering. The rule of thumb for chicken salad is to plan on 1 cup per person. This gives someone a very filled sandwich or an ample scoop of chicken salad to enjoy. This recipe makes about 6 cups of chicken salad. So this recipe will serve six people.

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Chicken Salad with Grapes, Apples, & Pecans (Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad Chick Copycat)

Chicken Salad Chick Fancy Nancy is a fruity chicken salad with grapes, apples, pecans, and celery. You can make it at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Salad Chick Fancy Nancy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 462kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise Chicken Salad Chick uses Duke's
  • 2 tablespoons celery finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup red seedless grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup Fuji apple chopped


  • Place the chicken tenders and chicken stock in a large pot. Poach over medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Shred the chicken. The chicken can be shredded with a stand mixer by using a paddle attachment. Or shredding the chicken tenders using two forks works well also.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, place the celery, dry ranch dressing mix, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. Blend well. 
  • Add the shredded chicken and mix in thoroughly.  Add in the grapes, chopped apples, and pecans. Stir until blended.
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce or in a sandwich.



This chicken salad tastes better if prepared a couple of hours ahead of time. Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Jeanene

    I love chicken salad, however I was raised with crushed pineapple instead of grapes. This gives is a great texture and we think better than grapes.

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