This Keto Chicken Salad Recipe can be made four different ways; Rotisserie Chicken Salad, Canned Chicken Salad, Leftover Chicken Salad and I ’ll even tell you how to cook chicken for chicken salad! Either way, all of these easy chicken recipes are the perfect make-ahead low carb lunch!
It's almost not even fair to consider it a recipe because its the easiest Keto Chicken Recipe ever. I usually throw it together with leftover chicken or canned chicken, but sometimes I’ll cook up some chicken breast or thighs and make a big batch for easy meal prepped lunches.
Although us Keto-ers are told we can slap on the butter, eat all the cheese, and indulge in chicken thighs instead of only lean chicken breasts, it's still important to be mindful of the ingredients we consume regularly.
You have to be mindful of the mayo or other condiments that you find in grocery stores. Many of them will have added sugar, artificial sweeteners or a list of processed ingredients you can’t pronounce.
If you are going to be meal prepping a healthy low carb chicken salad recipe for lunch every day this week you will want to take the time to make sure you are using Mayo that is clean and Keto friendly too!
This Keto Chicken Salad can be made using whatever chicken you have on hand. Here are my favorite options.
Rotisserie Chicken Salad
Rotisserie Chicken Salad is perfect for a last-minute meal on one of those nights when cooking and making a full-on chicken thigh recipe ain’t going to happen.
Or maybe you eat the rotisserie chicken that night and use the leftovers to make Rotisserie Chicken Salad the next day for lunch!? #doublewin
How to make Rotisserie Chicken Salad
First, remove five ounces of chicken from the bones, discarding the skin. Use to forks or your fingers lol to pull apart the chicken and possibly even chop it up into smaller pieces.
Now in a small bowl combine the rotisserie chicken, mayo, onion, celery, celery salt, ground pepper, and garlic powder.
Canned Chicken Salad Recipe
Canned chicken salad is even easier to make. Plus it brings back childhood memories because the canned chicken salad was one of my favorite lunches my mom use to make me, besides PB&J on toasted white bread. When I come up with a Keto alternative for that, I’ll be sure to let you know!
How to Make Chicken Salad with Canned Chicken
Grab a five ounce or double the recipe and use the bigger ten-ounce cans of chicken. Drain out the juice and add your chicken to a small bowl. Use a fork to break apart the chicken, then add the mayo, onions, celery, celery salt, ground pepper, and garlic powder. Use your fork to work it all together.
Leftover Chicken Recipe
Like I mentioned you could take a leftover chicken breast or chicken thighs to make a leftover chicken salad recipe too. Any seasonings used to initially make the chicken will add extra flavor!
My husband made some Italian seasoned chicken thighs that we had with cauliflower mash, and we just reused the leftovers to make chicken salad. It was so delicious.
For leftover chicken salad weigh out five ounces of the chicken and chop it up before adding the rest of the ingredients.
How to Cook Chicken for Chicken Salad
This chicken salad makes for a great low carb chicken thigh recipe or Keto Chicken Breast Recipe. You could make as large of a batch as you’d like since the recipe is so simple you can easily increase the number of servings you are making, or you can cook a single chicken breast or two chicken thighs to make the recipe.
For a low carb chicken thigh recipe or Keto chicken breast recipe you could bake or sauté.
Lightly grease a skillet or sauté pan over medium heat add chicken thighs or breasts to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, flip the chicken and continue cooking for about 6-7 minutes. Check to be sure the chicken is cooked all the way through, no pink in the center! Remove from heat, drain any excess juices, chop up the chicken then add remaining chicken salad ingredients.
Preheat oven to 450 F, lightly grease a baking sheet, bake for 10 minutes, remove from heat and flip the chicken breast or thighs over. Return to oven and cook for an additional 5- 10 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. Cut a piece open to be sure there is no more pink in the center.
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What to eat with Keto Chicken Salad?
Ok.. let's be honest there is nothing better than chicken salad on Ritz crackers, but don't get excited, we can't have those (sad, sad news). But here are a few ways to eat Keto Chicken Salad.
eat it straight out of the bowl
cut thick slices of cucumber or bell peppers for scooping
Use Bib Lettuce to make chicken salad lettuce wraps
Pile your chicken salad on Trader Joe’s Crispbreads top with a slice of cheddar cheese and pop it in the toaster over to melt the cheese for a delicious chicken salad melt (can’t find them online but if you have a Trader Joe’s near by you gotta try this))
Chicken Salad Recipe Add-on Ideas From Other Keto-ers
I'm stoked that so many people have loved this easy Keto Chicken Salad as much as I do. Some people have even gotten creative with their recipes, which I think is an awesome, so I wanted to share some ideas you all have shared in the comments:
“Love this. I modified it slightly and added some curry and cayenne powder. Gives it a nice little kick if you eat this often and want to change it. Up. :)” - Alisha
“Primal Kitchen has a chipotle lime avocado oil mayonnaise that is to die for and goes well with garlic and onion so I will use that for this recipe.“ -Val
“I added a few chopped pecans, and it was a fantastic lunch!” -Rachel
“I loved this recipe! I ate it with lettuce wraps and replaced the celery for cucumber. The crunch is so refreshing!!” - Kiki
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