Got apples? Whip up a delicious lunch of rotisserie chicken, orchard apples and nutty pecans in this homemade orchard apple chicken salad.
We enjoyed a weekend of picking apples and we’ve got a lot of apples to eat. We picked Jonagold, Gala and Ginger Gold and want to put them to good use.
This time of year is the best time to eat apples. They are so sweet and we eat a lot of them. I’ve got lots of great recipes featuring apples on Home & Plate.
But today for lunch we decided to whip up a bowl of homemade chicken salad. Leftover rotisserie chicken from the night before comes in handy this afternoon.
The flavors from the chicken, crunchy apples and toasted pecans work great together to make the perfect chicken salad. Sweet and crunchy with a bit of mayo and mustard to hold the ingredients together.
It’s delicious served on bakery bread or on fresh greens with a side of fruit.
Every fall we enjoy picking pumpkins but we’re lucky to have an apple orchard so close by. The kids really love picking all the apples they can fit in their baskets. I absolutely love taste testing all the delicious treats that are available to guests.
Aside from fresh apples I would say fresh pressed apple cider is a favorite. You certainly can’t buy that in the grocery store.
Last year I created a homemade salted caramel apple martini using fresh apple cider from the orchard. It’s a cocktail to consider. Is it 5 o’clock yet?
Orchard Apple Chicken Salad
- 2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
- 1 apple, chopped with skin on
- 1 rib of celery, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans walnuts, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons mayonaise
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- Salt & pepper to taste
- In a mixing bowl, toss all the ingredients until well mixed. Serve on fresh bread from the bakery.