Fast Food Review: Pecan Chicken Salad Market Fresh Sandwich from Arby’s

If you have been following GrubGrade for the past 6 months, then you have probably seen the video where Ryan is hunting for the Pecan Chicken Salad Market Fresh Sandwich from Arby’s. I have also been on the hunt for it, and have recently discovered that it’s no longer on their website menu either.  I feel this is one of the best Market Fresh Sandwiches that Arby’s makes and deserves a review along with the others.  We have the pictures, so here’s the elusive Arby’s Pecan Chicken Salad Market Fresh Sandwich.

Arby's Chicken Salad Market Fresh Sandwich (wrapped)

Described by Arby’s as:

Freshly prepared chicken salad, made with grilled chicken, apples, grapes, celery, toasted pecans and mayo, with green leaf lettuce on thick sliced honey wheat bread. Just like from your favorite deli.

Obviously the Chicken Salad is my favorite in the Market Fresh Sandwich line, and I have the experience, as I’ve tried 4 of the 5 still listed on the menu.  (Check out our reviews of the Arby’s Roast Turkey Ranch and Bacon Market Fresh Sandwich,  and the Arby’s Roast Ham and Swiss Market Fresh Sandwich) .

Arby's Chicken Salad Marketfresh Sandwich

I am very picky about chicken salad, but Arby’s did it right. Their Pecan Chicken Salad is comprised of simple basic ingredients that combined together make a tasty sandwich.   The chicken appears to be lightly grilled, is very tender and is cut into bite sized cubes.   Celery, which is a standard ingredient in chicken salad,  is added to give it a standard chicken salad flavoring and extra crunch.  The apples (also cubed like the chicken) and grapes are fresh and add a nice balance of sweetness to the meal.  The other special ingredients are the roasted pecans which don’t stand out as much as you’d think (being the first thing mentioned in the title of the sandwich).  The bread is thick slices of honey wheat which is usually moist and soft, except at times the crust is a little dry. The chicken salad sits atop a slice of fresh lettuce and nestled between the 2 slices of bread.   I have never been disappointed with this sandwich and the mixture of ingredients has always been just right.

Arby's Chicken Salad Sandwich (close-up)

This sandwich has the most calories and fat of the other sandwiches in the Market Fresh line with 870 calories and 47 grams of fat. It is definitely worth the splurge if you can find an Arby’s that still offers it.  If you find it, make sure you order a Jamocha shake along with it… it’s an amazing combination.  As Arby’s continues to lean toward bringing the focus back on roast beef, some of the other menu items that really stood out to me are disappearing.  Here’s hoping this sandwich makes a return some day.  Until then, I’ll just make my own version and I’ll share with you my recipe in an upcoming post.  Stay tuned!

Arby's Chicken Salad Sandwich Collage

Pros: Always tastes fresh. The sweetness of the fresh fruit adds another layer to the meal. A filling sandwich.

Cons: Sometimes the bread's crust is a little hard and dry. High in fat and calories. Arby's no longer offers it on their menu.

Taste: 9.25/10
Value: 7.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: $4.69

Overall GrubGrade: 9.25/10

More Info: Arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories – 870
Fat – 47 grams
Saturated Fat – 7 grams
Sodium – 1380 milligrams
Carbs – 92 grams
Cholesterol – 60 milligrams
Sugar – 33 grams
Protein – 25 grams

28 comments on “Fast Food Review: Pecan Chicken Salad Market Fresh Sandwich from Arby’s

  1. That looks really good (despite the high cals and fat). If they still have it on the menu I’d have to give this a try.

    I hate it when places take away a good food item!

  2. Steph says:

    I couldn’t agree more….I can’t find it anymore either. This sandwich is really unlike fast food and seems as though it took some time to put together…maybe that’s why sadly it’s gone. Too much of a good thing can’t last I guess. I can’t wait for your recipe Heather. Awesome post!!! Yum!

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  4. Yum Yucky says:

    Darn it! Those Market Fresh sandwichesare so good, but those calories just killed it for me.

    • When I tell Arby’s iI would like the smaller chick pecan salad, I never flinch. I
      hide my thoughts deep inside my brain because when the sandwich & I do sit
      down, I forget what was I complaining about. Indulge yourself once in a while.
      You will never regret it.

  5. Ryan says:

    Thanks for attacking a wound that hasn’t quite healed Heather. GrubGrade reader Evan mentioned at one point that these sandwiches were a pain in the ass to prepare…so you’re on point Steph. Since Arbys stopped serving this sandwich I haven’t found a go-to replacement. I wish they’d bring back the “sandwich as a wrap” option too.

  6. Justin says:

    Look around guys, you can find places that carry stuff like this. I know Tropical Smoothie has Cranberry Walnut Chicken salad sandwich, and it’s really good! Other restaurants have stuff like this. I’m even more certain you can make or buy the mix.

  7. Scott says:

    I work at an Arby’s and guess what, we have THREE brand new Market Fresh Sandwiches coming out chain wide within the next three weeks.

    They are going to be additions to the Market Fresh line but on different bread. We will have a Patty Melt consisting of sliced roast beef, thousand island dressing, grilled garlic onions, swiss cheese and special seasoning (the same that is on the RoastBurgers) all on a toasted Sour Dough bread. A Roast Chicken Ranch sandwich consisting of our new sliced roasted chicken along with parmesean peppercorn ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato and swiss cheese on the toasted sour dough bread. Finally a Gyro sandwich. It will have our sliced roast beef along with a “gyro sauce” on warm flatbread along with lettuce, tomato and onion.

    I know in our area they will be adding on these new sandwiches along with the introduction of our new “$5.01 Combos”. All Arby’s will now be selling 5 combo meals for the $5.01 price. All three sandwiches will be part of that special along with the Regular Roast Beef and the French Dip & Swiss toasted sub now being available in a combo for the $5.01 price too.

    ALSO, in a lot of markets right now we have a limited time shake available. Ours is currently the Orange Creme Swirl. You should stop by and give it a review. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, but it’s actually not bad.

  8. Evan says:

    @Ryan Correct. We have the wraps also. While not the same as the old ones (flower instead of wheat).

  9. Raiders757 says:

    I am going to have to let my bias of mayo shine through here.

    That sandwich looks like someone threw up on a piece of bread. Gross is the best way to explain that sad excuse for a sandwich. What a waist of chicken.

  10. Ryan says:

    @ Raiders757 … Hahaha…I knew you’d be chiming in with the mayo-hatred 🙂 … How ’bout some Texas Pete?

  11. Heather says:

    Thanks everyone, the recipe I have comes very close to the real thing, so if you can’t find it, you can at least get an idea of what it was. As far as the calories and fat go-to me it is worth it (of course in moderation).

    Sorry Ryan, didn’t mean to attack that open wound. Just wait until next week, though, and you can be making your own version of it. Not exactly the same, but close enough :).

  12. Justin says:

    @Raiders, take one bite of that thing and you’ll be sold.

  13. Raiders757 says:

    Sorry Justin, Ryan has me pegged. I am a mayo hatin’ madman that loves me some Texas Pete. I’m drooling just thinking Texas Pete and chicken right now.

  14. Felisha says:

    They still have the pecan chicken salad sandwich on the menu in the small town that I live in Georgia. I absolutely love it. In fact my mouth is watering thinking about it right now.

  15. Yuminmytum says:

    This sandwich is the best at Arby’s. Too bad it’s so fat for me and too bad for all you suckers, cuz the Arby’s where I live still has this delicious sandwich on their menu.

  16. Heather says:

    @Yuminmytum-That is why I decided to make my own :). See my post…

    https://www.grubgrade.com/2009/09/03/homemade-eat-your-heart-out-arbys/

  17. Renee says:

    I’m not sure if you’re still looking for it or not, but we never discontinued the sandwich at the Canton, NC location! (And no, I don’t think it’s a pain to prepare, either)

  18. LP says:

    I just had one last nite. I ordered it on the pita since I was told they did not have the wraps. Good, but stronger than I remember with the garlic ‘flavoring’.

  19. Cheryl says:

    I agree the Chicken Pecan Sandwich tastes great. But healthy, umm NO! 860 Calories, 44g Fat, 92 Carbs, 6 Fiber, and 26 protein. That breaks down to 21 Weight Watcher Points. Just because it SOUNDS healthy, does not mean that it is! Be careful, I just wasted my entire days worth of points on one sandwich.

  20. Juan R. says:

    As of 8/30/2011 Arby’s no longer carries this sandwhich. It was the best sandwhich they made. I no longer have a reason to ever step foot into an Arby’s. 🙁

    • Dani says:

      You know this for sure? I have a hard time believing a national chain would stop producing an obvious money-maker in ALL area’s. I hate to say it, but maybe it’s just your Arby’s.

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  23. topper says:

    it’s baaaaaack! 🙂

  24. Doe says:

    Just had this sandwhich. It’s awesome!

  25. Marta Durham says:

    It’s back! But that too high in calories & fat for me right now. I, too, love the Jamocha shakes!

  26. eddie g says:

    Arbys Market Fresh Sandwiches are sooooooooo good!!
    Move over McDonalds and the others, we have been burgered to death!!!

    Arbys has the right idea. Those sandwiches are as good or better than the ones made at my local deli.

  27. Bev Prine says:

    I just went to Arby’s today. I ordered a Pecan-Chicken salad sandwich, which is not on the menu, but is available upon request. When I picked it up and unwrapped it, I noticed is was not cut in half. I like my sandwiches much better cut in two. I went to the counter to ask it to be cut in half, to which the pleasant Arby’s associate replied, “We are not allowed to cut it because it has pecans in it.” and she gave me a wrapped plastic knife. Now this is bugging me to no end! What does pecans (which are already in small, chopped pieces) in the sandwich have to do with not being able to cut the sandwich for me? I don’t mind cutting it myself. I just want to know why? Allergies? Thoughts, anyone? ~Bevie