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Low carb chicken salad is definitely a staple at our house. Even though my husband isn’t a huge fan, I love the convenience of it. And perhaps more importantly, it’s one of the few solid foods my nine month old daughter will actually eat. After realizing that I don’t yet have a post on how to make chicken salad, I knew I had to share my easy chicken salad recipe with you.
Keto chicken salad is a great lunch time treat, simple snack, or even light dinner. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile, and it comes together in just a few minutes! That’s the best kind of recipe in my book.
Since chicken salad is comforting, healthy, and convenient all at the same time, it just checks so many boxes. It meets the criteria of comfort food in the winter but is light and refreshing for a picnic in the warmer months, too.
Whether you serve it in lettuce boats, on low carb crackers, or have a simple sandwich with it, keto chicken salad is satisfying and yummy. And just in case you’re working on some goals, it happens to be all natural, low carb, gluten-free, paleo, and whole30 compatible!
More than anything, though, this easy chicken salad recipe is the best to just have around in your fridge for just whenever. When you want something quick or just don’t feel like cooking, it’s there and ready to go. It’s satisfying and delicious plain, but there are endless possibilities for getting creative with it, too.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy low carb chicken salad?
Carbs in Chicken Salad with Dill & Parsley
Most of the time, chicken salad is a naturally low carb meal option, but that does depend what you put in it. There are chicken salad recipes with grapes, apples, or dried cranberries that need to be left out for a keto chicken salad.
Also, some dressings have sugar in them, so you do have to be intentional with your ingredient choices when making low carb chicken salad.
And that’s what makes this easy chicken salad recipe so perfect: it has less than 3 net carbs per 1/2 cup serving… and no weird ingredients.
Mayonnaise and fresh herbs really kick the flavor up a notch, and while they do give you just a few carbs in there, it’s totally worth it! You’re going to love this keto chicken salad!
Ingredients for Keto Chicken Salad
This keto chicken salad comes together so simply that you might even have the ingredients in your fridge right now. What do you need?
- Pulled/shredded chicken
- Fresh dill
- Fresh parsley
- Green onions
That’s it! Told you it was a super easy chicken salad recipe.
Most of the foods we eat around here are seasonal, because – let’s be honest – nothing beats fresh produce. Low carb chicken salad is a rare exception. I gladly make it aaaaall year round.
Fortunately, the fresh herbs in this easy chicken salad recipe are readily available at any time of year (and so yummy!). The combination of fresh parsley and dill in there is my favorite.
But if you’d like, you can easily swap incorporate some particularly seasonal ones in there too. For example, rosemary sounds like a wonderful addition if you make it in the fall.
Either way, it’s the fresh herbs that will make this the best chicken salad recipe you’ve ever tasted!
Personally, I recommend whipping up your own avocado mayo for this recipe, but if you don’t want to do that you can also buy one here. Either will work beautifully for this basic chicken salad recipe.
However, if you like a different twist and prefer not to use mayonnaise, try Healthy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad without Mayo from Food Faith Fitness. The Mediterranean flavors in it are incredible and it’s mayo-free, but still whole food and keto friendly. Check out the fresh herbs used here and be inspired to try more variations on this basic chicken salad recipe.
As for the meat in this keto chicken salad, you can use any leftovers you have on hand or plan ahead and make Instant Pot shredded chicken.
If you already have frozen shredded chicken on hand, just incorporate it after defrosting (or make extra in your slow cooker to do this next time). Keeping some shredded chicken on hand in your freezer is a great idea for recipes like this low carb chicken salad or chicken bacon ranch casserole.
How To Make Chicken Salad from Scratch
The fabulous thing is how incredibly simple it is to make this easy chicken salad recipe from scratch. You’re only going to need one bowl and about ten minutes of time. Can’t beat that!
Take your chicken, add your mayo and mustard, then stir in your seasoning and fresh herbs. Bam – your simple, healthy chicken salad is ready in minutes!
It’s best to whip this keto chicken salad up and refrigerate it at least two hours before serving, so the flavors have time to meld. Of course, you can prep it even further ahead if you’d like.
How To Store This Easy Chicken Salad Recipe
Speaking of making food in advance, this easy chicken salad recipe stores extremely well. That means it’s an excellent option for making ahead. In fact, the flavors develop even more as it’s refrigerated!
You can store it for at least a week (if you don’t eat it all by then!), so it’s a great thing to make in bulk on the weekends for a full week of low carb chicken salad goodness. Just store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
How To Serve Chicken Salad (In Low Carb Ways!)
It may sound a little boring to eat basic chicken salad all week long, but it isn’t if you find multiple uses for it:
- Wrapping it in lettuce wraps
- Stuffing it into tomatoes
- Throwing it into low carb salads
- Topping low carb nachos or low carb tortilla chips with it
- Scooping it into sweet pepper boats
- Spreading it onto cucumber rounds
- Spooning it onto low carb crackers
- Making a keto chicken salad sandwich on paleo keto bread
This easy chicken salad recipe really can be enjoyed in a myriad of ways; you won’t get bored at all!
More Keto Chicken Salad Recipes
You can also try all these ideas on other fish or chicken salad recipes, such as:
- Avocado Chicken Salad
- Lemon Herb Chicken Salad
- Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad – skip the honey to make this low carb
- Tuna Egg Salad
Of course, just eating this low carb chicken salad straight up is awesome too – because it’s that good. And then all you need is a spoon.
Tools To Make Keto Chicken Salad:
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- Bowl – These mixing bowls are some of my favorite kitchen tools. There are so many sizes included in this set so you will have the perfect size for almost any recipe.
- Measuring Spoons – Both wet and dry ingredients are so easy to measure with these measuring spoons. I love that they nest together for easy storage.
- Mixing Spoon – Mixing your delicious chicken salad is the hardest part of this recipe. This set has the perfect spoon to make it all come together.
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Easy Low Carb Keto Chicken Salad Recipe - Paleo
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- Stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, fresh dill, fresh parsley, and garlic, until smooth.
- Stir in the chicken and scallions. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
Serving size: 1/2 cup
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