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Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)

This Fuji Apple Chicken Salad recipe was inspired by Panera Bread, yet it’s so easy to make homemade. Trust me, I’ve been making it for years. 🙂

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I’m bringing this one back up from the archives to share with you today. Because I’m pretty sure we all need more of this salad in our lives.

I only have a handful of restaurant copycat recipes here on the blog. But after having ordered the Fuji apple chicken salad at Panera for nearly a decade, I decided a few years ago that it was high time to learn how to make it for myself. Because clearly, it must be a keeper if I’m still not tired of it after so many years. (The same goes for their French onion soup, which I’m convinced is made with some magical secret ingredient that makes it better than all French onion soups. I digress…)

The good news about this salad is that it’s really nothing fancy. Just a simple green salad made with dried apple chips, seasoned chicken breasts, and a white balsamic vinaigrette. Although I have to admit that I do use this salad as an excuse to make a batch of my favorite candied pecans to throw on top of it. I may use a few more of those than Panera. 😉

Here’s how to make it!

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Well first off, here’s a photo I took of the salad back in 2011. It was when I was in my bright-solid-colored backgrounds stage, and when all of the walls in my house were painted bright colors.

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Now I live in a loft with completely white and neutral tones, and I’m in a white-on-white photography stage. Coincidence?

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Well, at least the salad has remained the same over the years. It’s literally overflowing with mixed greens, sliced chicken breasts, apple chips (the crunchy, not soft ones), gorgonzola…

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…and lots of those candied pecans I was talking about.

Then it’s drizzled with a simple white balsamic vinaigrette. (Although if you can’t get your paws on white balsamic, traditional balsamic vinegar will also work well in the vinaigrette.) Panera’s version of the salad also includes tomatoes. But I happen to prefer this salad without, so I left them out.

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat) | gimmesomeoven.com

Just throw all of the ingredients in a bowl and give it a good toss.

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat) | gimmesomeoven.com

And then voila — a restaurant-quality salad is ready to go in the comfort of your own home.

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat) | gimmesomeoven.com

Thanks, Panera Bread, for the inspiration on this one. It’s a keeper!


Yield: 2-4 servings

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Copycat)


This Fuji Apple Chicken Salad recipe was inspired by Panera Bread, but is simple and delicious to make at home.

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag mixed greens
  • quarter of a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups apple chips
  • 1 cup glazed pecans
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup freshly-diced tomatoes (optional)

White Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

To Make The Salad:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then mist it with cooking spray or oil.

Brush chicken breasts with olive oil, then season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. (Or you can add your favorite seasonings.) Place on prepared baking sheet, and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until internal temperature is 160 degrees and the juices run clear. Remove and let chicken cool for at least 10 minutes, then thinly slice or shred.

Toss the remaining salad ingredients together in a large bowl, and drizzle on your desired amount of vinaigrette. Toss and serve immediately.

To Make The Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together until blended.

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49 Comments

  • This sounds delicious and is such a beautiful salad! Presentation is half the battle with getting my husband to eat salads 😀

  • I love that you make homemade versions of your favorite salads. I need to do that too, I find myself at Panera and Unforked way too often for lunch! I love this salad too. Beautiful photographs, Ali!

  • I made this last night and it was delicious. I think the restaurant must have mixed the cheese with the vinegrette to get that white dressing. This tasted just as good and I knew what was in there. Way less complicated than other recipes I found. My boyfriend finally admitted that salad can be dinner meal. Hallejuah! I did sub fig infused white balsamic and turned out great. I think apple cider vinegar might have worked also.

    Ali — September 26th, 2014 @ 8:08 am
    Ooooh interesting! Yes, I had noticed their dressing was a little bit whiter. I bet that’s it!
    And cheers to salads for dinner! 🙂


  • What kind of apple chips did you use? The ones at Panera taste far better than any I’ve found and look exactly like the ones in your photos. Thanks for posting… definitely looking forward to making this soon.

    Ali — September 26th, 2014 @ 8:10 am
    I’ve used the Seneca brand that’s available at my grocery store (sold in the produce section under the apples). They’re nice and crisp and delicious.


  • Please help a beginner and let us know how you make those apple slices and what kind of apples you use. Also, as a beginner, how did you do the nuts. If I’m going to make this myself I don’t want to go to the store and buy dried apple slices…I might start off to the store and end up standing in line at “P’s). Thanks for posting a beautiful post.

    Simone — September 26th, 2014 @ 7:25 am
    She posted the pecans the post before this one 🙂 They look amazing!!


  • This is my faaavvvvoooriittteee salad from panera! Thank you! Cant wait to try it, yum! Gotta enjoy my salads and vegetables while I still can, before it is carb time for Chicago!

  • I only discovered Panera not to long ago, because we didn’t have it growing up in Canada. But, this just so happens to a favorite salad of mine! LOVE that I can make it at home now – pinned!

  • Well geez if the salad looked this beautiful at Panera I might actually order it!!! Stunning, as always.

  • Happy re-do of a re-do. And I’m a firm believer that our environment (white walls) influences our styling styles. 🙂

  • This is the only salad I ever order at Panera, its the best! So happy to be able to make it at home now..I always wondered about their dressing…it’s what MAKES the whole salad!

  • Where do you buy the crisp apple chips. I live in orlando fl

    Ali — September 26th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm
    I buy them at the regular grocery store in the produce section. They are often located near the dried fruits, or sometimes near the apples. I’d ask the store employees if they’re not easy to find — they might be hidden. 🙂


  • Your version looks better than the Panera version and their version looks pretty darn good! Great salad and photos, Ali!

  • Your photography is just gorgeous. So crisp and clear and really just makes the food in the picture almost look 3-D; like you could literally just reach out and grab it! LOL. So nice.
    I will def try to make this now. Thank you!! You’re posts are always so “kitchen inspiring” to me!

    Ali — October 4th, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
    Thanks so much, Danielle! You just made my day! 🙂


  • I just made this for lunch. I thought it was even better than Panera (which I love). I used some left over cumin crusted chicken breast and used Trader Joe’s candied pecans so it came together in minutes. I’ll definitely be making this again and again. thanks!

  • Another great recipe by Gimme Some Oven! I just made and ate this tonight. 🙂 It was so good and packed with flavor and crunch! Thanks for all of the great recipes you post. I’ve been having fun trying them and have loved all of them!!!

  • Did you know they now sell Panera Fuji Apple Dressing in the grocery stores? Just bought some yesterday, yum!

  • Can I even tell you how excited I am that you’re sharing this! I travel for work and I seek out Panera wherever I go, mainly because it’s quick food that involves vegetables, unlike most fast food places. And this salad is my go-to! The dressing is something I’ve been coveting in my everyday life for so long… I can’t wait to put this together at home! Woohoo! 

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 1:24 pm
    Thanks Michelle, we hope you enjoy making it! 🙂


  • Paneras fuji Apple vinaigrette is actually sold in grocery stores now so u can have the delicious authentic dressing at home too. It’s made with sugar, apple juice concentrate, cider vinegar along with oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon and some other stuff. I’d love to find a homemade version of the Apple vinegrette to save $. This is my favorite salad in the world!! 

  • I love every ingredient used to make this delish salad; however, I always always request the salad maker hold the apple chips and instead request they  slice up a freash apple to top my salad…..yum yum…..why eat dried fruit when we all know Panera has lotsa fresh apples behind that counter??!!! Try it and let me know what you think….

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 5th, 2016 @ 4:26 pm
    We think that would be delicious as well Kymmi! 🙂


  • Do you make your own crunchy apples ?   If so -please share the recipe and process. ????

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 12th, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
    Hi BeBe! We just bought them, but they are super easy to make:


  • I can’t find any dried apple slices anymore. I used to buy them all the time. They were in the produce section with other salad toppings. All kinds of flavors too. Do you know where I can get them now. I really don’t want to have to make my own.

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 4th, 2016 @ 3:51 pm
    Hi Nadine! Hmmm, that’s so strange! We usually see them in little kiosks, hanging from those clips (in the fresh fruit section) and sometimes in the dried fruit and nuts aisle. We hope this helps!


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