Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Napa Almond Chicken Salad---A Panera Bread Copy Cat

Can I just say that it is ALMOST March and that this year already needs to slow down?!

Ok, but let's be honest tho... I am NOT complaining about it almost being Spring, or the fact that summer is right behind that and all the warmer weather that that entails! Because I don't know about you guys but I am SOOO over the colder weather and ready for some sunny sunshine goodness!

I have been slacking a little on posting as some of you have noticed. I have been SO busy and I do apologize! It's not that I haven't wanted to blog a post or two, it's just that I have been trying to complete my office upstairs and starting the process of merging two of my in-home businesses. Then I had some health issues arise and I have just been too tired to do much of anything! 

With that being said though and all this talk of Spring, I decided to whip up this yummy Panera Bread copycat recipe: Napa Almond Chicken Salad... 
1. Because it is so easy-peasy.
2. Because it is not only healthy, but DELICIOUS!

Anyone who knows me personally, knows just how much I LOVE the chicken salad from Panera! Man, I could eat there everyday but that gets pricey so my search for a close replica of the chicken salad began and this is my go-to recipe for it when I am craving Panera.You can find the original recipe over at Two Red Bowls and if you haven't checked them out yet, you must, lots of great stuff!

Mr.Hooah and I absolutely LOVED this on cheddar rolls we got from one of our local bakeries! I promise that if you love a good chicken salad, that this is definitely the recipe you'll want to jot down in your recipe book!

-XO for now and thanks to those of you who have checked in on me,
 it means more than you know! 

Napa Almond Chicken Salad
 (A Panera Bread CopyCat)
2-3 chicken breasts, boiled, then shredded or cubed
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 whole green onions, chopped
2 c. grapes, halved
1 small apple, diced
3-4 TBSP. Mayo
2-3 TBSP. Greek yogurt (or you can use sour cream or plain yogurt, I preferred Greek Yogurt)
1/4 c. dill, minced
1/2 c. slivered almonds (they do not have to be Napa!)
1-2 TBSP. brown sugar
1 TBSP. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

1. Boil chicken breasts for about 10 minutes or until cooked through. Let cool, shred into large shreds with a fork, and then chop into bite-sized pieces.
2. Chop celery, green onions, grapes, and apple, and combine in a bowl with the chicken and almonds.
3. Whisk together mayo, Greek yogurt, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and dill. I like to add quite a bit of salt and pepper, because the chicken can be bland otherwise — probably about 1/2 tsp pepper and almost 1 tsp salt, but definitely taste as you go.
4. Pour over the chicken mixture and toss until coated.
 5. Let chill for a few hours or even overnight.


  1. Yum, this recipe sounds delicious! I love chicken salad with fruit in it :)

    1. So far, this is hands down the BEST chicken salad recipe I have found! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. This sounds so good. I want to make it so much. YUM!! Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks. Hope to see you again this week.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the link up! I will definitely be back to link up again! :)

  3. Oh my goodness this looks so yummy! I especially love your photography :) Totally pinning, have a great day! xo

    1. Awww! Thanks so much for stopping by & I hope you love this as much as I do! <3