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Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

Panera Bread’s Fuji Apple Chicken Salad is one of favorite salads, especially this time of year. Unfortunately the nearest Panera Bread is about 20 minutes from my house. When I want to get my Fuji Apple Chicken Salad fix I sometimes just make my own at home.

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad in a bowl.

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

Tender chicken breast slices, tomatoes, red onion slices, apple chips and toasted pecans are tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette to make a salad that is crisp, sweet and tart. It’s a delight for the tastebuds and anything but an ordinary salad.

Copycat Recipe

This is by far my favorite salad at Panera. I’ve lost track of how many times I have ordered it. The great thing about making it at home is you can do it for a fraction of the cost, plus you can control the ingredient proportions. Pants fitting a little tight one week? Go easy on the cheese and pecans and heavy on the mixed greens. Plus if you work from home like I do, you can portion the salad into 4 Tupperware containers (keep the pecans and apple chips separate so they don’t get soggy) and eat it for lunch all week.

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad with bowl of apples in background.

It combines all of my salad favorites: a protein, cheese, fruit, and nuts. This salad is a lovely combination of mixed greens, chicken breast, tomatoes, red onion, gorgonzola cheese, pecans and the piece de resistance- Apple Chips!!! They totally make the salad and this time of year I say apples should be eaten at every opportunity.

Salad in a bowl and a bowl full of pecans.

Caramelized Apple Chips

I used these fabulous Caramelized Apple Chips that I made recently. It’s a super simple recipe that involves simmering thinly sliced apples in a water/sugar solution and then baking them in the oven. They get nice and crisp, plus have an incredible sweetness to them, just like the ones on Panera’s Fuji Apple Chicken Salad.

White Balsamic Vinaigrette

The tangy flavor from the vinaigrette really complements the flavor of the apple chips. This dressing can easily be doubled or tripled so you have salad dressing for the whole week.

Variations and Substitutions

Salads are so easy to customize to your own tastes and to what you have on hand.

  • For a shortcut, use rotisserie chicken.
  • For a milder flavor, use goat cheese or feta cheese.
  • Add cucumber, avocado, red bell pepper, or carrots.
  • Use fresh apple in place of apple chips.
  • Use walnuts or almonds in place of pecans.
Fuji Apple Chicken Salad in a serving bowl.

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Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

This salad is a knock-off of Panera's salad. It's loaded with pecans, blue cheese, red onion, and delicious apple chips all tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette.
PREP: 12 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 22 minutes


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) package mixed greens
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  • 1/4 of a red onion thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • 2 cups Apple Chips


  • 2 tablespoons apple juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Canola oil or Olive oil


  • Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Combine olive oil and lemon juice and rub mixture into chicken breasts. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the middle. Let cool and then slice.
  • In a salad bowl combine mixed greens, tomatoes, red onion, cheese, and pecans. Top with chicken and sprinkle apple chips on top.
  • To make dressing, whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl.


You can use packaged dehydrated apple slices for the apple chips or just use thinly sliced fresh apples.
To take some of the bite out of red onion, place the sliced onion in a bowl of ice water for at least 10 minutes. Works like a charm!
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. Not to be used for specific dietary needs.


Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1488IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, copycat

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Originally posted September 25, 2013.

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10 thoughts on “Fuji Apple Chicken Salad”

  1. Samina | The Cupcake Confession

    OMG!!!! I have never made or eaten apple chips before !!! I can’t wait to try them! They sound and look lovelyyyyy!!!! Plus, this salad is a real winner!!! Loveeeed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Salads are the way to my heart. They’re probably on top if my list over dessert if you can believe that! This version sounds so delicious with all of those veggies, pecans, and those apple chips, and Gorgonzola. Your dressing also sounds terrific — nice and simple and flavorful — just the way I like it. Pinning!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I’ve always loved salads too Marcie. Sometimes I even crave them the way I crave sweets!

  3. I love creating restaurant recipes at home – and I do love this salad from Panera : ) This is definitely going to happen soon. I really need to try making apple chips at home – these caramelized ones sounds amazing!

  4. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    Oh those apple chips look amazing. by the way, the link looks funny in the recipe, you should check that. But yeah, the recipe – amazesalad ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I love the crunch that the apples and pecans add to this salad. It looks incredibly fresh and delicious!

  6. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    I totally agree! It’s so much better and healthier when you make the food you love at home vs eating out. This salad is gorgeous! Love the caramelized apple chips on top Christin!

  7. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I love cheese + nuts + fruits in my salads as well, and oh girl, this one looks over the top delicious… Totally wishing it was my dinner today, I’m drooling now… those apple chips, gosh, they look so tasty ๐Ÿ˜‰

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