Raisin Walnut Chicken Salad

I am a huge fan of chicken salad, especially on a croissant. The buttery, flaky bread paired with the creamy chicken salad? Die. Add in some crunch, from walnuts and celery, and some chew, from raisins?

Winning combination.


A few months ago I went to a local bakery where they make an incredible chicken salad, And I’d love to go again, but here’s the thing…I have had to boycott that bakery. Remember the debacle with the 100 cakes I needed for Mixed, and the bakery cancelled at the last possible minute, and I was forced to work with Paula of Bell’alimento to bake and cover said cakes ourselves in the two days leading up to Mixed?

Same bakery.

And me? Well, I hold a grudge. I get that honest – my grandfather is the exact same way. Heck, there’s a store that I won’t go to just because I don’t like their sign. It’s the wrong sign for the location, and I cannot bring myself to support that business.

Oh Lord. I’m horrible.

Anyway, not too long ago I had the craving for that chicken salad, but due to the boycott, it was on me to create it. I had to make it. Had to.

And so I did.

Super simple, as I used a rotisserie chicken (and why not, they are delicious and cheap), with plenty of raisins for a nice bite. I threw in some walnuts and celery, too, of course, because I love that juxtapostion in the chicken salad. I served mine on some sourdough rolls as I was out of croissants, but trust me – every bit as delicious.

I hope you’ll try it, too!


Raisin Walnut Chicken Salad Sandwiches


  • 2 cups diced rotisserie chicken
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons minced celery
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/4 cup California raisins
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • Sandwich buns


  1. Place all ingredients except for buns in a bowl. Stir to combine and serve on buns as desired.

I’d like to thank The California Raisin Commission for treating me so well as an Ambassador. While this particular post was not sponsored or paid for, I AM in fact an Ambassador, and I love it! Therefore, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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