Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)

 Mixed greens tossed with juicy chicken, crispy apple slices, red onions, blue cheese and crunchy pecans. A fresh and healthy salad inspired by the famous Panera Bread version.

Panera Bread's Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

I’ve been holding off on you. When we were in Washington D.C. in September we ate at Panera Bread and I tried their fuji apple chicken salad. SO GOOD! Addiction-worthy-good. So, naturally, I re-created it when we got home and it was incredible. I love that I don’t have to head out to find a Panera whenever I get the craving for this salad.

Panera Bread's Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

But why on earth did I wait so long to share this recipe?? Well it seems like September would have been perfect timing, what with apple season and all, but I got all wrapped up in sweet potato casseroles, glazed hams and homemade candy that I kind of forgot about it for a millisecond and next thing I knew it was 3 days til Christmas and all I wanted to do was stuff my face with cookies. But now it’s January! Salad season! My favorite. So I know it’s terrible that I’ve been holding out for so long but… better late than never right?

Panera Bread's Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

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Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)
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Mixed greens tossed with juicy chicken, crispy apple slices, red onions, blue cheese and crunchy pecans. A fresh and healthy salad inspired by the famous Panera Bread version.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 3-4
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded to half inch thickness
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 6-8 cups mixed greens
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • ¼ red onion thinly sliced
  • ¾ cu pecan halves (such as Diamond of California)
  • ½ cup gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 cups apple chips (store-bought or go here for a great homemade version)
  • 1 cup fuji apple salad dressing store-bought ( I prefer the one by Lighthouse, it's my fav!) or homemade (click here for a recipe)
  1. Season chicken breasts with seasoning salt and cook on both sides for 3-4 minutes each in a greased skillet or pan over medium heat. Cut into pieces and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss together mixed greens, tomatoes, sliced onions, and chicken. Sprinkle pecans, cheese crumbles, and apple chips on top. Serve with fuji apple dressing.

 *recipe adapted from spicy southern kitchen

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I feel like apples are something I eat all year round, no matter if they’re in season or not, so this salad is perfect! Beautiful too!

    It’s so true, apples are always in season in my mind – I generally crave strawberries more in the spring and summer but apples I will go for any time of year!

Looks lovely Tiffany, I love the crunch and sweetness from the apples!

This is my favorite panera salad, I get it every single time I go! I’ve tried to recreate it at home a ton of times, but could never get the dressing just right! How did I not know that there is a store bought version? Definitely making this happen asap! Thanks for a great copycat!

    Target sells the actual Panera Bread dressings. I just picked up a bottle of the Fuji Apple one today. 😊

I love this salad recipe! Love your blog and can’t believe you post every day. Thanks for the ideas, I feed five kids daily plus an extra teenager or two.

    Wow! That’s incredible you feed so many – especially kids cause they can be picky!! Thanks for reading my blog, I’m SO glad you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!! 🙂

Dang this looks good. I think it calls for a run to the store. Something fresh and healthy after the junk food feeding frenzy of the past six weeks sound oh so good.

This is looking very good . I am a big fan of apple in salad so I am sure to give this a shot soon. It is a little cold here for salads at the moment (for me a salad is for warm weather). Anyways thanks for sharing I have added it to Pinterest as well, your photography is amazing


Panera sells their dressing for this salad now. I buy it at Publix.

    Good to know!

Every season is salad season for me! I’m addicted to all of the healthy stuff, and SO many combinations! And oh Panera… I love, love, LOVE going there. Way too much. The workers practically started to recognize me before we moved. Whoops! 😉 But now I can make my own at home, thanks to your gorgeous bowl! Pinned!

    You’re the healthy cooking QUEEN! And really. Salad never goes out of season or style. 😉

They starting selling Panera Dressing in my local supermarket which makes putting this salad together so much easier and cheaper!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Love Panera’s salad and so I had to try this! Had it for lunch today…so good! Thanks!!

Delicious! I opted to use Butterball Turkey breast vs. chicken with excellent results. I added a little chopped celery for a bit more crunch. I used Hellman’s light mayo and an additional Tbsp. fat free greek yogurt to make it extra creamy plus a pinch of salt. I mixed the dressing ingredients separate and then folded it into the other ingredients. I let it chill for a couple of hours and it was perfect over a bed of lettuce for a nice lunch!

I am a die hard apple salad by