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Lemony Chicken Fruit Salad

Meet the Cook: Back in the 1950's, I was a home economist for the electric company, which is how I came across this recipe. During spring and summer, when it is hot here, my family especially likes it. (My husband and I have two children and a pair of granddaughters, all grown.) I've also found this chicken salad is good for women's luncheons and covered-plate meals since it's so different. -Johnece Stuard, Mansfield, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) pineapple chunks
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  • Drain pineapple, reserving the juice. Set aside pineapple and 1/2 cup juice. Toss remaining juice with apple; drain. In a large bowl, combine chicken, grapes, pineapple and apple. Cover and refrigerate.
  • In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, sugar and salt until smooth; gradually add lemon juice and the reserved pineapple juice. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat. Add a small amount to egg yolks; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; chill for 10-15 minutes.
  • Beat cream until stiff peaks form; fold into cooled dressing. Pour over chicken mixture; gently stir to coat. Chill for 1 hour.
  • Serve in a lettuce-lined bowl. Sprinkle with almonds.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 320 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 132mg cholesterol, 394mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • nancymatthews74
    May 8, 2010

    Absolutely delicious and I don't usually like chicken salad!