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Copycat Panera Napa Almond Chicken Salad

Panera Napa Almond Chicken Salad Recipe

I was shocked at how much I loved Panera's Napa Almond Chicken Salad! I always thought I was a chicken salad traditionalist - but this chicken salad is delicious! I made it for myself and think it's spot-on!
4 from 5 votes
Prep Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 4



  • Marinate chicken breasts overnight in mojo criollo marinade in refrigerator
  • Bake or air fry chicken breasts (bake at 350 for 30 min, air fry at 375 for 15 min) - temp check to 165 degrees
  • Remove and let cool for 30 minutes
  • In separate bowl, mix together dressing ingredients (mayo thru rosemary) and whisk together
  • Refrigerate dressing until chicken is cooled
  • With two forks, shred chicken breasts into bite sized pieces
  • Remove dressing from refrigerator and fold chicken, grapes and celery into dressing mixture with spatula
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve
  • When ready, heat small skillet to medium high
  • Add almonds and shake in pan for 1-2 minutes until lightly toasted, set aside
  • Build your sandwich with rustic country bread (or whatever you like), leaf lettuce, thinly sliced tomato, chicken salad and top with toasted almonds
Keyword almond, chicken, copycat, grapes, panera
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