Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwiches – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 24, 2010

I love me some chicken salad. I like to eat it out of the bowl. I like it on sandwich bread. I like it on croissants. I like it on hamburger buns. I like it in tortillas.

And I like it sweet.

While the plain mayo with some celery and salt and pepper is o-kay, my sweet tooth would rather there be some fruit mixed in, whether it’s pineapple, grapes, or in this case…cranberry sauce!


2 cups cooked and shredded chicken ($1.50)
1/2 cup mayo or miracle whip, if you must ($.20) Lots of coupons on sales on these right now!
About 1/2 of a  15 ounce can cranberry sauce ($.35) Bought a LONG time ago on Manager’s Special
Salt and pepper to taste
Bread of some sort ($.50) I used a Manager’s Special loaf and sliced it to sandwich size.

Lettuce ($1) Soon we’ll be eating lettuce from the garden with dinner!
Blackberry Vinaigrette Dressing ($.50)

Green Beans from the last year’s garden (Blanched and Frozen)
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Place the cooked and shredded chicken into a mixing bowl and add the mayonnaise and cranberry sauce. Stir until well combined. Season with some salt and pepper, to taste.

2. Prepare the Blackberry Vinaigrette Dressing and pour over the salad.

3. Thaw the green beans and steam. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cost $4.05

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FoodontheTable May 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm

The chicken salad looks like it tastes like summer!


Carrie May 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

i’ve been making an amazing apricot chicken salad lately. you’d love that too


angie May 24, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I love chicken salad as well this one is a bit different but I will try it for sure


Sarah May 25, 2010 at 12:41 am

I’ve never thought to use cranberry sauce in my chicken salad. Craisins, sure, but not the sauce. I love cranberry sauce; so yummy!


Queen of the House May 25, 2010 at 8:21 am

Ooohh!!! Love the idea of a little cranberry sauce in the chicken salad! I too, love chicken salad! Sometimes for an extra special treat, I serve it open faced as a melt (with shredded cheese). Mmmm!!! :)


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy June 4, 2010 at 8:47 am

I can’t wait to try this chicken salad! I LOVE chicken salad in every form, thanks!


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