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Cherry-Chicken Salad Croissants

“I love cherries and happened to come across this recipe one day. It’s a real hit with my family, and a friend’s husband even took it to work to share with the office staff.” — Martha Goodrich, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped tart apple
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 7 croissants, split


  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cherries, celery, apple and pecans. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, salt and pepper; add to chicken mixture and mix well. Spoon 1/2 cup chicken salad onto each croissant.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 481 calories, 30g fat (9g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 710mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • rena 55
    May 10, 2019

    Very tasty recipe. It's nice to be able to switch up the bread it can be served on. May try it on pita bread next!

  • mjflowers
    Jan 7, 2017

    This was really good. I had craisins on hand and slivered almonds. Turned out very tasty. Served on toasted chibatta rolls. Mmmmmm!

  • Aquarelle
    Oct 28, 2016

    I cooked two skinless, boneless chicken breast halves generously sprinkled with Lawry's Seasoned Salt in my 1.5 quart slow cooker, then removed the meat and refrigerated it in a ziplock freezer bag overnight. The next day I chopped up the chicken and added the fruit, celery, toasted pecans (but about half the amount called for, because I don't like my chicken salad to be full of nuts), plus 3 or 4 thinly sliced green onions. Then liberally ground pepper over it all, no additional salt due to all of the Lawry's, stirred it all up, mixed in mayo until the consistency was right, covered it and refrigerated it overnight again. I haven't yet actually eaten it in a sandwich, but I've been snacking upon Ritz crackers spread with this mixture all night tonight. My daughter liked it too. I used about half of a Honeycrisp apple. This is really good.

  • CMoore78
    Jun 10, 2015

    My husband said it was "okay", but after half a sandwich I had to throw it out. Just didn't like it. Asked my husband if he want's me to make it again later and he said he'll pass.

  • blueirisgirl
    Jul 26, 2014

    Delicious chicken salad. Important to use well seasoned chicken--I used rotsserie chicken. Skipped the croissants, makes a great sandwich on toasted wheat bread w/ lettuce. Yum

  • az_jill
    Apr 11, 2014

    This is really delicious! A bit of chopping but well worth the small effort. (oh, chopped the cherries too) I would LOVE it on the croissant, but actually put mine on a bed of lettuce and it was just lovely & tasty. Thank-you bunches Martha!

  • kbartels
    Oct 23, 2013

    This is delicious. My husband and teenage son really like this. I have made it without the buttermilk when I didn't have any and it is still very good

  • ommie7
    Jan 10, 2013

    I make a very similar recipe without the buttermilk and it is wonderful. I also use the canned chicken which I flake.

  • extremebaker
    Aug 24, 2011

    Easy to prepare and very flavorful. My favorite sandwich!!!

  • Judy1544
    Jul 19, 2011

    Very quick and easy to put together, and very tasty. Used fresh bing cherries (summer availability) cut in half rather than dried. Husband who has been known to turn his nose up at "chicken anything" even devoured his meal. Served it on lettuce leaf along with dinner rolls. Plan to make it again for lunch guests in a few weeks.