Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

$2.72 recipe / $1.36 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
5 from 15 votes
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I was really craving some chicken salad this week, so I set out to find a new twist on the old classic. I knew I wanted cranberries, so I took quick inventory of my fridge and pantry and came up with this honey-dijon mustard dressing and added celery to bulk the whole thing out and stretch the cost.

Chicken salad is always going to be on the expensive side and the total cost will depend heavily on the price of your chicken. Even if chicken is fairly expensive in your area, I’m willing to bet that making chicken salad yourself will be far less expensive than buying it pre-made from the deli, where it can sometimes top $10/lb.

You can eat this salad on a sandwich, piled onto some spinach leaves, with yummy crackers, or by itself with a fork (like I did once I realized that I had no bread, no pita, no crackers, and no spinach – ha!). However you eat it, it’s quick, delicious, and filling!

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Bowl of honey mustard chicken salad with a fork and napkin on the side

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Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

5 from 15 votes
With a tangy, sweet dressing, crunchy celery, and sweet-tart dried cranberries, this Honey Mustard Chicken Salad is to die for! 
Servings 2 to 3
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 25 minutes


  • 1 large, about 3/4 lb. chicken breast ($1.49*)
  • 2 stalks celery ($0.32)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries ($0.28)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise ($0.33)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey ($0.17)
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard ($0.06)
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar ($0.01)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp paprika ($0.02)


  • Prepare the dressing by combining the mayonnaise, honey, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt, garlic powder, and paprika. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Cut the chicken breast into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Coat a small skillet with non-stick spray and cook the chicken over medium heat until the outside is golden brown and the largest pieces are no longer pink inside (7-10 min.). Allow the chicken to cool slightly.
  • While the chicken is cooling, roughly chop the cranberries and cut the celery into small pieces. Place the cranberries and celery in a large bowl. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, roughly chop it into very small pieces. Add the chopped chicken to the bowl, along with the dressing. Stir until everything is combined and coated in dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

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*I got my chicken breast on sale for $1.99/lb.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 601.45kcalCarbohydrates: 31.6gProtein: 36.45gFat: 36.9gSodium: 693.8mgFiber: 2.1g
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Top view of a bowl of Honey Mustard Chicken Salad with a bunch of cilantro on the side



Step By Step Photos

dressing ingredients in small mixing bowl with spoon
Make the dressing by combining the mayonnaise, honey, dijon, apple cider vinegar, salt, garlic powder, and paprika.

stirred honey mustard dressing in mixing bowl
Stir until smooth. Refrigerate the dressing until you’re ready to add it to the salad.

chicken cut into small chunks and cooking in skillet on stovetop
Cut the chicken into small chunks so that it will cook quickly. Cook it in a skillet over medium heat until the outside is lightly golden brown and the largest chunks are cooked through (no longer pink, flesh is firm). Allow the chicken to cool slightly.

cranberries and celery diced into small pieces and placed in mixing bowl
Cut the celery into very small pieces and roughly chop the cranberries. Add them both to a bowl.

cooked chicken being chopped into small pieces with knife
Once the chicken has cooled a bit, roughly chop it into very small pieces.

chopped chicken and dressing added to bowl with celery and cranberries
Add the chopped chicken and dressing to the bowl with the celery and cranberries.

honey mustard chicken salad ingredients stirred together in mixing bowl
Stir everything up and enjoy! You can taste it and adjust salt or add some freshly cracked pepper, if desired.

Close up of a forkful of Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
So easy.

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  1. I can’t believe how tasty and addictive this chicken salad is. I’m not a big chicken fan, but I’d eat this every day of the week with no complaints!!!

  2. Wonderful! Served with spinach leaves on a croissant & side cherry tomatoes & Llano Chenin Blanc wine!

  3. Holy smokes, this was good. I licked the bowl. For this recipe, I splurged and bought Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Mayo. It’s pricey, to be sure, but crazy delish and pretty much the only mayo option for me with my food sensitivities. I switched out the cranberries for sliced grapes, then added some walnuts. I omitted the salt (and I’m a salt addict) because between the mustard and the mayo, there was enough salt. This recipe is a keeper. The dressing alone is drinkable.

  4. The Honey Mustard Chicken Salad is absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I didn’t have dried cranberries available, so I left that ingredient out. I was able to stretch the chicken salad out for lunch for several days. I’m going to make this recipe again soon. Thanks, Beth!!! :-)

  5. I LOVED this recipe. I didn’t have celery on hand so just left that out. It was still great!

  6. This was awesome – per usual from Budget Bytes!! I sprinkled some dried tarragon on the chicken as it was cooking for a little extra seasoning and used flour tortillas to make wraps. Will definitely keep this one in the rotation and make a double batch next time, it was delicious!

  7. Absolutely LOVE your site and your recipes! This one has to be one of my favorite!

  8. Hi Beth,
    A wonderful recipe, like all the others I’ve tried. As a long time cook and follower of people like Jamie Oliver you are one of the best out there!

    Best wishes from London x

  9. Budget Bytes never fails me. I came looking for ways to use up my roast chicken leftovers from Christmas dinner, and this salad was perfect! I ate it on the leftover croissants I had, so 2 leftovers used in one dinner. Delicious!

  10. Made this yesterday and it was wonderful! I didn’t have cranberries so I used apple and carrots instead. I also love that it is seems lighter than typical chicken salad. Thank you for another great recipe.

  11. This is fantastic! I love the tanginess of the mustard and vinegar with the slight tartness of the cranberries. And it’s not super mayonnaise-y which is good for the waist line :) So good! I’m excited to have it for lunches this week.