Honey Chicken Salad with Apples and Sage

This honey chicken salad with apples and sage makes a great new spin on lunch.

So here’s the thing with Christmas, I love the whole “idea” of it. The sparkling lights, the cozy clothes, the pretty wrapped presents, the music (although that song “Same Old Lang Syne”, has got to be THE most depressing thing ever), the smell of the Christmas…. It’s all just so lovely, isn’t it?

Until you realize what it entails.

Honey chicken salad with apples and sage

Dragging boxes down from the attic, surviving the crowded malls that seem to be packed with all the crazies, untangling light strands and figuring out which damn bulb in a string of 250 is out making the whole thing not work, finding hooks for the ornaments that seem to magically lose them while sitting in a box for 11 months of the year, figuring out what.the.heck to buy your significant other who pretty much already buys everything he wants and anything he could possibly want is some sort of car part or gun accessory and therefore totally over your head and let us not forget holiday cards.

Making them, gathering addresses and sending them out like it’s 1950 when people did the whole paper thing. Do it and waste like 3 days of your life in the whole process. Don’t do it and all your friends think you hate them.

I kinda sound like a grinch, huh?

Honey chicken salad with apples


I put sage in my chicken salad and sage totally smells like a Christmas tree.

Considering I don’t know if my husband will even be home for Christmas, this chicken salad might be as close to a tree as we get this year.

There should totally be people who you can hire for the day to decorate your house. I would so do that.

Try these other chicken salad recipes too!
Turmeric Chicken Salad
Southwest Ranch Chicken Salad Cheddar Melt
Garlic Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich with Sun Dried Tomato Spread
Sweet Corn, Peach and Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Honey Chicken Salad with Apples and Sage

Honey Chicken Salad with Apples and Sage

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This honey chicken salad with apples and sage makes a great new spin on lunch.


  • 1 12.5 oz. can of chicken packed in water (or shredded cooked chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 small tart (such as granny smith) apple, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • salt & pepper


  1. Combine chicken, yogurt and mayo in a medium bowl and combine with a fork or spatula to break up chicken and coat in the yogurt/mayo mixture.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.
  3. Serve over lettuce or on bread for a sandwich.


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  1. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Your so right about Christmas! I love it, but… My Husband is horrible to shop for, he doesn’t want anything, except car parts. My Christmas decorations are in the garage, hidden by my Husbands car he’s working on and let me tell you, it is a mess in there!!! Christmas cards forget it! I send a couple out a year and thats it! No one sends cards anymore except for Mom! But yet I still love this time of year!

    Your salad sounds delish! Happy Friday!!

  2. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    Girl, you gotta space out the Christmas glee! Christmas cards are addressed in early November (because you buy the cards for the following year when they’re discounted at Hallmark or wherever) but yeah seeing Christmas cards going extinct would be pretty sad. I cherish all of the ones my grandparents and friends who have passed sent me. It’s about as sad as people not handwriting recipes anymore and no I’m not 60+ years old! LOL

  3. Meghan

    Sometimes I feel that way about Christmas and then I watch Elf. Elf always makes me feel better.

    Chicken salad looks yummy! I love sage, but I’ve definitely never thought to put it in chicken salad. Interesting in a good way!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      So funny you said that because as I was writing this and realizing how grinchy I sounded I thought, “I need to channel my inner Buddy the Elf” haha.

  4. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    I adore Christmas, but we may or may not be going away, so there is no way I’m decorating my house. I do, however have a tree scented candle from Bath & Body to light.
    I’m digging the dressing for this chicken salad, yum.

  5. Mary@FitandFed

    I love the little extras like the golden raisins and the apple in your recipe, I would totally do this with some kind of fish. You can see by my link that I’m thinking through the holidays, too. I’m trying both to be a little flexible and to choose activities that I actually like. First one is the holiday ice show at one of my rinks tomorrow.


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