Autumn Apple Appeal: Crunchy Apple Chicken Salad

September 7, 2022 General /FamilyRecipes

Juicy, crunchy, sour, or sweet, apples in autumn are the perfect family treat! Whether you bake them in a pie, slice them for a lunch box snack, or use them for our easy chicken salad, apples pack great nutrition into every delicious bite. One medium apple has just 95 calories and 4 grams of filling fiber, and now that they’re in season, their flavor is at its peak.

Chicken salad is a family favorite and so are crisp, crunchy apples, so we combine the two for this autumn-inspired recipe. Serve it with whole grain crackers, between whole wheat-bread, tucked into a pita pocket, or on top of a green salad.

Crunchy Apple Chicken Salad

  • Place the chicken, apple, and celery in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the mayonnaise and stir until the chicken mixture is well coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve and use within 2 days.
Tip: Most apple varieties work well in this recipe. Choose a crisp Granny Smith apple if your family prefers tart flavors, or go sweet with a Golden or Red Delicious.
Nutrition Information per Serving (1/2 cup): 160 calories, 8g fat (0g saturated), 200mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 15g protein
Choosing & Storing Fresh Apples

Autumn is apple season, and with 7,500 kinds of apples to choose from around the world, there’s a favorite apple out there for everyone. Most apples in the United States are grown in Washington, Michigan and Pennsylvania, but this favorite fall fruit is easy to find wherever you live. To keep autumn apples looking and tasting their best, follow these tips:


At the market, look for brightly colored apples, and stay away from apples that are dull or have brown spots. To avoid mushy, mealy apples, squeeze lightly to make sure they are firm.


Apples stay fresher for longer if you store them in the refrigerator. Even though they may look pretty when displayed on your kitchen countertop, this speeds up the ripening process.


Apples turn brown quickly after they’ve been sliced, which quickly makes them unappealing to kids. To prevent browning, squeeze fresh or bottled lemon juice over the slices before you store them in a container or zip-top baggie.

Side-Lying Hold

  1. For the right breast, lie on your right side with your baby facing you.
  2. Pull your baby close. Your baby’s mouth should be level with your nipple.
  3. In this position, you can cradle your baby’s back with your left arm and support yourself with your right arm and/or pillows.
  4. Keep loose clothing and bedding away from your baby.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:

Cross-Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, use your left arm to hold your baby’s head at your right breast and baby’s body toward your left side. A pillow across your lap can help support your left arm.
  2. Gently place your left hand behind your baby’s ears and neck, with your thumb and index finger behind each ear and your palm between baby’s shoulder blades. Turn your baby’s body toward yours so your tummies are touching.
  3. Hold your breast as if you are squeezing a sandwich. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  4. As your baby’s mouth opens, push gently with your left palm on baby’s head to help them latch on. Make sure you keep your fingers out of the way.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:

Clutch or “Football” Hold

  1. For the right breast, hold your baby level, facing up, at your right side.
  2. Put your baby’s head near your right nipple and support their back and legs under your right arm.
  3. Hold the base of your baby’s head with your right palm. A pillow underneath your right arm can help support your baby’s weight.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Bring baby to you instead.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:

Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, cradle your baby with your right arm. Your baby will be on their left side across your lap, facing you at nipple level.
  2. Your baby’s head will rest on your right forearm with your baby’s back along your inner arm and palm.
  3. Turn your baby’s tummy toward your tummy. Your left hand is free to support your breast, if needed. Pillows can help support your arm and elbow.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:

Laid-Back Hold

  1. Lean back on a pillow with your baby’s tummy touching yours and their head at breast level. Some moms find that sitting up nearly straight works well. Others prefer to lean back and lie almost flat.
  2. You can place your baby’s cheek near your breast, or you may want to use one hand to hold your breast near your baby. It’s up to you and what you think feels best.
  3. Your baby will naturally find your nipple, latch, and begin to suckle.

This hold is useful when: