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Napa Almond Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)

This Panera Bread copycat recipe for Napa Almond Chicken Salad made with tender white meat chicken, silvered almonds and grapes in a honey lemon herb mayonnaise makes a tasty sandwich for lunch or dinner.

This Panera Bread copycat recipe for Napa Almond Chicken Salad made with tender white meat chicken, silvered almonds and grapes in a honey lemon herb mayonnaise makes a tasty sandwich for lunch or dinner.

A few years ago, when our oldest daughter was still in high school and taking SAT prep courses, there was a Panera Bread restaurant right next door. Since it was too far for me to drive her back and forth, I’d just stay the 2 hours, get something to eat, like this Napa Almond Chicken Salad or some soup and get some blogging work done. It was actually quite relaxing.

Napa Almond Chicken Salad (Panera Copycat)

I really enjoyed their sandwich so much that I visited the website and printed out the description of the sandwich so that I can replicate it myself one of these days. Five years later as I was sifting through all of the recipes I want to make, I came across it and since I had just made a roasted chicken and had leftovers, decided that now would be the perfect time.

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When looking at their detailed ingredients list, I highlighted the ingredients that were more natural or ones in which I keep in my pantry and got to work. For this recipe you’ll need cooked chicken (preferably white meat), silvered almonds, red grapes, celery, lemon rind, rosemary, basil, black pepper, garlic and onion powder. (If you have lemon pepper seasoning, you can use that in place of the lemon rind and black pepper). Combine all of these ingredients in a medium bowl; then make the dressing.

This Panera Bread copycat recipe for Napa Almond Chicken Salad made with tender white meat chicken, silvered almonds and grapes in a honey lemon herb mayonnaise makes a tasty sandwich for lunch or dinner.

For the dressing, you’ll need honey, cider vinegar, mayonnaise (I prefer Hellmann’s), and mustard powder. Whisk all ingredients together; then add to the chicken and mix well to combine all of the ingredients. This recipe for Napa Almond Chicken Salad was so good and tasted just like the original. Make a sandwich or just eat it without, it’s so flavorful you really don’t even need the bread. This salad makes 3 cups or six 1/2 cup servings. ~Enjoy!

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Napa Almond Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)
Prep Time
15 mins
 

This Panera Bread copycat recipe for Napa Almond Chicken Salad made with tender white meat chicken, silvered almonds and grapes in a honey lemon herb mayonnaise makes a tasty sandwich for lunch or dinner.

Course: Sandwiches
Servings: 6
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
For the Chicken Salad
  • 2 c. Cooked & Diced Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 c. Diced Celery
  • 1/4 c. Silvered Almonds
  • 1/2 c. Grapes, cut in half
  • 1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Grated Lemon Peel
  • 2 tsp, Fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Fresh Basil, chopped
  • Prepared Dressing
For the Dressing
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 c. Mayonnaise (Hellmann's)
  • 1 tsp. Ground Mustard
Instructions
For the Chicken Salad
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined. 

For the Dressing
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until combined. 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Laura
    January 31, 2018 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    This is amazingly delicious and I’ve been searching for it for years! Thank you SO much for figuring it out and sharing!

    One quick question for you: I notice you mention paprika in the text of the post but not in the ingredients list… should it be added? Thanks again! 🙂

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      February 1, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Laura and I thought it tasted a lot like it too. As for the paprika, I don’t know why I put it in the text part (I think I was stopped and then when I came back to writing it I mixed it up with another post!). There is no paprika in the recipe. 🙂

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