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
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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 honey 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.

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Honey Chicken Salad with Apples and Sage

Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This honey chicken salad with apples and sage makes a great new spin on lunch.


  • 12 ounces canned chicken packed in water, packed in water (or shredded pre-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


  • 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.
  • Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.
  • Serve over lettuce or on bread for a sandwich.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 514kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 47gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 352mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
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  1. I’ve been searching for a healthy chicken salad recipe for a while now, and this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I love the sweetness of apples and raisins in chicken salad :)

  2. Apples, golden raisins, honey – the flavors are totally my thing in this kind of salad!

    And hope you have a nice, chill, weekend with no crowded malls or xmas lights with tangled cords…ha!

  3. OH my goshhhhhhhhhhhhhh. haha and yes, you need a good lifetime christmas movie to perk you up!

  4. 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. 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.

  5. Haha I can be a grinch AFTER christmas. I hate all the clean up and putting all the shit back away. Ugh. Sage in chicken salad sounds awesome, may have to try this for Christmas brunch with the in laws!

  6. that looks like an amazing chicken salad! so appealing since food seems to be so heavy this time of year…

  7. I would totally hire people to decorate for me too except I only have some garland and a 3 foot tree buried in my outdoor storage into the unknown. This salad looks amazing and I am making this for lunches next week, thanks!

  8. 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

  9. 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!!