Napa Almond Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat Recipe)

Napa Almond Chicken Salad (Panera Copycat Recipe)

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

total time: 15 MINUTES

Ingredients

For the chicken salad:

  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup grapes, sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the dressing:

Directions

1

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the chicken salad.

2

In a separate small dish, whisk together all ingredients for the dressing.

3

Pour dressing over salad and combine well. This salad should be used within 3-5 days and kept properly refrigerated until ready to serve.

4

Serve with sandwich bread or as desired. Enjoy!

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Love chicken salad sandwiches? You’ve got to try this Panera copycat Napa Almond Chicken Salad recipe!

Napa Almond Chicken Salad ingredients in a bowl

Who doesn’t love a Panera Bready copycat recipe?

One of my favorite make-ahead lunches is Panera Bread’s tangy and sweet Napa Almond Chicken Salad featuring red grapes, almonds, and crunchy celery. It’s all mixed together with a creamy, lemony dressing for a completely delicious and fresh-tasting sandwich worth swooning over.

The good news is that it’s easy and affordable to make a similar chicken salad at home for your entire family, and today I’m sharing my DIY version!

Napa Almond Chicken Salad ingredients laid out on the counter

Have leftover cooked chicken?

This is a perfect way to use it! I boiled a couple of chicken breasts and then chopped them into small cubes for this batch, but you can use rotisserie chicken or any shredded chicken you may have on hand. Canned chicken may alter the texture of this recipe, but if you don’t mind that, it could also work in a pinch!

chicken salad ingredients in a bowl

This recipe is extremely easy to customize!

Feel free to omit or adapt any of these ingredients or amounts to taste. I love mayo, but your family may prefer plain Greek yogurt instead. I also enjoy the sweetness of grapes and the crunchiness of almonds, but again, all of that can be adapted!

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Napa Almond Chicken Salad (Panera Copycat Recipe)

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

total time: 15 MINUTES

Tangy and crunchy chicken salad with almonds, grapes, celery, and a bright lemon dressing, made to taste just like the version from Panera Bread!

Ingredients

For the chicken salad:

  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup grapes, sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the dressing:

Directions

1

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the chicken salad.

2

In a separate small dish, whisk together all ingredients for the dressing.

3

Pour dressing over salad and combine well. This salad should be used within 3-5 days and kept properly refrigerated until ready to serve.

4

Serve with sandwich bread or as desired. Enjoy!

Additional Notes

Recipe idea adapted from CarriesExperimentalChicken.com

Brought to you by Hip2Save.

Napa Almond Chicken Salad on bread as a sandwich

What a perfect make-ahead lunch!

Chicken salad in general is one of my favorite things to put on a sandwich, and this flavorful Panera copycat is hard to beat. The lemon and parsley give it a light, bright flavor, while the grapes and almonds add a touch of sweetness and texture.

The leftovers remain delicious in the fridge too, and you can take it with you on the go in a cooler to work, the beach, or camping. My family loves this yummy Napa Almond Chicken Salad, and I think yours will, too!


This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is another easy Panera Bread Copycat you’ll love!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 17

  1. Karen

    Thank you! This is my go-to order at Panera. I’m excited to make it at home!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Is it?! Yay!

  2. Juma

    Lina you and I are on the same wavelength today. I was googling Panera’s copycat salad and broccoli soup today and found a few good recipes to test out. I found a copycat of their chocolate chip cookies looking forward to those. This chicken salad looks delicious

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yum! Yes we are -ha. I think you’ll like this one!

  3. Deb

    Lina, it is hotter than heck here and this recipe is perfect! Thanks for posting it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Enjoy Deb! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Mabos

    Thank you! Do you have the nutritional info on this? Or do you know the net carbs if I leave out the grapes?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I don’t have it for this recipe at this time, but my fitness pal site/app is a good one to plug in numbers. May want to omit sweetener too.

  5. bakingintheburbs

    Sounds terrific!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks!

  6. Susan

    LOVE the copycat recipes! Keep ’em coming!

  7. Bob

    Made this with Costco canned chicken. It’s better than Panera’s and is best without bread. Best chicken salad ever!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good I’m so glad!

  8. Kyle

    Panera does not use any onion in this salad. That’s why I like it so much

  9. Nikki

    This has been a family favorite for years since you originally posted it! Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome, thanks for sharing nikki!!

  10. Tammy

    Sub dried cranberries for grapes and pecans for almonds for another delicious chicken salad variety.

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