Homemade: Eat Your Heart Out Arby’s

Last week we posted a review about Arby’s Pecan Chicken Salad Market Fresh Sandwich.  We have also mentioned that it does not appear to be around anymore (although some people have reported still having it).  Click here if you missed the video of Ryan’s Search:  “Where did you go Arby’s Chicken Salad Sandwich?” This chicken salad is really good, so I decided to take it upon myself and make my own.  Not quite Arby’s version, but hey, its close enough…

Homemade Pecan Chicken Salad

Homemade Pecan Chicken Salad

In reality, Arby’s Pecan Chicken Salad is a simple recipe that isn’t hard to duplicate.  I’m starting with 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut up.   I’m cutting my chicken a little smaller than the Arby’s chicken salad.

Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast

Next, I chop up some celery…



Then some fresh apples-I was feeling lazy so I bought a bag of pre-sliced,  I’m cutting them into bite sized pieces.



The California red seedless grapes are getting cut into halves.


Red Seedless Grapes

The final ingredients are the chopped pecans and Kraft Real Mayonnaise.

Chopped Pecans and Kraft Mayonnaise

Chopped Pecans and Kraft Mayonnaise

I’m mixing everything together in a bowl, adding mayonnaise as I go until the consistency looks right.  So here it is, my version of Arby’s Pecan Chicken Salad.

Homemade "Arby's" Chicken Salad

Homemade "Arby's" Pecan Chicken Salad

If you can’t find it at an Arby’s near you,  just pick up the ingredients above, and make your own.  Who knows, it may end up better than the real thing.  Enjoy!

15 comments on “Homemade: Eat Your Heart Out Arby’s

  1. Scott says:

    Well I’m a manager at an Arby’s and I’ve got to tell ya, you pretty much hit the recipe head on. The only things different is that we cut the celery into larger pieces, and the pecans came shipped already crushed into smaller pieces than what you purchased. Other than that, it’s exactly right. OH, and yes, the way you bought the apples, is actually the same way they came shipped to our store. We just opened up the packages of pre-sliced ones and cut them into little chunks. I’ve made it at home myself this way and it is still great on a sandwich.

    ALSO, yes some stores do still offer this sandwich. I think all of the corporate stores took it off the menu, but the franchises were told that they could still offer it if they wanted. A big reason that many stores stopped selling it was due to cost. The cost of the grilled chicken breast, mayo, pecans & grapes all went up; so they were worried that they would have had to raise the price on it or make it a smaller portion size so that it would be more cost effective. Also I guess a bunch of corporate managers and franchise owners were complaining about the prep time it took to make it every morning. Honestly at Arby’s we do a LOT of prep in the mornings for the day. I’ve worked for three full hours slicing turkey, chicken, ham, corned beef, cooking turnovers, cookies and bacon and making about 25 salads, and barely had enough time to get all that finished. Not to mention cooking 50 pounds of roast beef. So sometimes finding the time to make the chicken salad as well was difficult.

    If you really want Chicken Salad sandwiches back at your Arby’s… there is a simple way to make it happen. WRITE THEM. If you go to Arby’s website and send them email’s (or even better a pettition) they will bring the sandwich back to the menu at all their stores full time. They are already thinking about it, they just need something to cement the decision.

  2. Chaz says:

    Yeah this recipe seems to be pretty spot on…at least ingredient-wise. How do you think it came out taste-wise compared to Arby’s? I see you used bread thats way different from what they use on the Market Fresh line of sandwiches…find some of that bread and maybe put the pictures from the review next to your creation. Good stuff.

  3. Derek says:

    I stopped going to Arby’s a couple of years ago when I finally declared their “roast beef” worthless (though I still crave Arby’s sauce!) so I missed this item entirely. Looks good, and I’ll definitely try the homemade version. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Yum Yucky says:

    So you’re creating recipes now? Mouth watering.

  5. RossS says:

    Looks good, Heather! I’m going to try it, replacing the mayo with yogurt. Hopefully, it won’t mess it up too badly.

  6. Heather says:

    Thanks! @RossS, hmmm-let me know how that turns out. I’m not too sure about yogurt and chicken…

  7. Justin says:

    You honestly don’t need Arby’s, you can make it yourself, or find somewhere that makes this. Like I said, Tropical Smoothie is one, there are other restaurants that have it.

  8. ChrisSh says:

    Heather, what do you think the approximate cost of your recipe would be for one market fresh sized sandwich? And how much does one cost at Arby’s?

  9. Justin says:

    Here’s a website for the cranberry walnut chicken salad sandwich, another good recipe.


  10. Aaron Coffey says:

    Waynesboro, Virginia 22980

    The Arby’s here still has the pecan chicken salad market fresh sandwich as of 06/08/2010!

  11. Tyla Hunsche says:

    We still have that sandwich here in & around the Orlando, Fl area, it`s the best chicken salad sandwich I have ever eaten! I make it at home all the time!

  12. Tricia says:

    Yay they are BACK! But I want to make it at home now. Yum!

  13. I must have my input to tell Arby’s – PLEASE keep the Pecan Chicken Salad sandwich. I only discovered it this past week, ordering the smaller sandwich.
    I brought half of this sandwich home, knowing I would take the chicken salad
    off the bread, put it into a bowl to spread on crackers. ***** 1/2 stars for this
    cracker sandwich. Honestly, if you love grapes, apples or pecans – eat it up. For those that have never eaten a chicken salad with the above ingredients, I promise any other chicken salad you will taste, will never be “Good enough”.
    I Love it!!!

  14. Marianne says:

    Spotted this am … It’s back … Pecan Chicken Salad at my Arby’s

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