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.

arbys grilled chicken and pecan salad

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 would go well in a submarine bun, I loved this with toasted sour dough bread. Honestly, this goes well simply scooped out and placed on a salad. If you don’t happen to have any grilled chicken around, you could use left over chicken that you may have from a baked chicken. If you need to grill your own chicken I would grill up about 1 to 1 1/4 pounds for this recipe. Actually 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.

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.

Arby's Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad

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  • Recipe Type: Chicken Recipes, Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Salad Recipes, Main dish Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:10 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Arby's Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of grilled chicken breast cut into small pieces
  • 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

Instructions

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.

To 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.

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.

To 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.

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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

  • 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?

    • stephaniemanley

      I would add about a cup of grapes to the recipe. I will fix that right now.
      Thanks!
      Stephanie

  • Richard

    In the instructions it calls to add the sliced grapes but your ingredients does not list the grapes

  • Tosha Nicole Henson

    WHAT KIND OF MAYO?

    • stephaniemanley

      I use Hellman’s.

  • Ellen

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

  • dlrich31

    the picture shows grapes in the sandwich,but they aren’t listed in the recipe.

  • just me

    The ingredient list does not have the amount of grapes to use. I guessed and used 1/2 cup.

  • 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.

  • Tina P

    Use the extra heavy mayo. You can get it at Sams club or Gordens.

  • 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 ;)

    • 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! !!!

          Jeff

          • stephaniemanley

            Jeff, I am glad to hear that!

      • 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

  • purplyrose

    I love this at the Restaurants. I have to go out and get all this.

  • 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.

    • stephaniemanley

      I appreciate your tips.

  • 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! :)

    • Consuelo Johnson Yero

      Know this is an old posting that sounded good how you added a twist to it

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  • Guest

    Guest, since you say you work there, just how close is this? I think the key is the “dressing”.

    • 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.

  • Guest

    Not bad. I work there. It’s pretty close

    • stephaniemanley

      Thanks!

  • 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 !!

  • Jfkmo

    Wow! I just had this as a wrap over the weekend and am so glad i found the recipe. Thanks!

  • louisville chiropractic

    Wow what a delicious chicken salad,love it!

  • 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

    • Anonymous

      I am so far south there are no Tim Horton’s near my :(

  • Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)

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