Monday, August 20, 2012

Copycat Recipe: O'Carrs Chicken Salad

Over the past few years, I've collected copycat recipes for some of my favorite restaurant foods...O'Carr's chicken salad, Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets, Taziki's Friday Special, PF Chang's mongolian beef, and several others. I plan on trying these out and sharing the successes/failures on our blog. First on the list?? O'Carr's chicken salad. I met my mom and aunt there for lunch last week. It reminded me about the copycat recipe that I pinned forever ago. I finally got around to testing it out last weekend and the end result tasted pretty darn close to the real thing!

I found the copycat recipe here. I followed it for the most part. I left out the paprika (because I didn't have any) and added extra grapes.

2 cups boiled chicken, chopped in the food processor
1 tsp fresh dill
1/4 cup of grapes
1/8 cup of chopped pecans
4 pinches of paprika
2 oz cream cheese
3 T mayonnaise 
1 tsp honey
2 pinches salt
(Makes 3-4 servings)

We got a food processor for our wedding so thanks to this recipe I was finally able to use it. After I boiled the chicken, I ran it through the food processor to get the chicken similar to how it is in the O'Carr's recipe. 

Then I added the rest of the ingredients. I've never tried to chop up dill before. Let's just say I need a little more practice ha!

Mix it all together and here is the end result... 

Overall, this recipe turned out great. It was easy and pretty close to the real thing. I think the honey and cream cheese are what really makes it stand out from other chicken salads. In order to compare it to the actual O'Carr's version, I used regular cream cheese and mayonnaise. Next time I'll try it with reduced fat/fat free versions of everything. Try this out for yourself and leave a comment letting us know how it turns out!


  1. Can't wait to try this! Since we moved to Gulf Shores, I really miss O'Carr's. Now to find the wonder various fruit!

  2. Yay! You'll have to let us know how it turns out :)

  3. Angela and Mary - I love that you found Julie and my recipe! We blogged about it thinking we were our only readers. Over a year later, it is crazy how many people find it (friends and people we don't know...thanks to pinterest)! It makes me smile. Happy blogging!

    1. It really is so close to the real thing! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I tried this recipe today. It's very good, but I don't think it tastes like o'carrs. I'm going to add dates and garlic next time and see how it turns out.

  5. Love this recipe, but I have never been to O'Carr's. Will be seeing what other treasures are on your blog.

  6. Thank you for this fine recipe. I am planning to make chicken salad on the weekend and I guess this will be something nice to try. I will give it a little twist and use Greek yogurt instead of mayo. I hope it turns out good!