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Easy Keto Low-Carb Chicken Salad

This Easy Keto Low-Carb Chicken Salad is a quick and old-fashioned recipe that is far from boring. It’s made with juicy chicken breasts, mayo, celery, and chopped onions. Your lunch meal prep just got easier!

keto chicken salad on a bed of lettuce in a white bowl

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I love this recipe because it’s so versatile. You can serve it as an appetizer among other dips like Crab Rangoon Dip, Keto Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Dip, or Keto Low Carb Spinach Dip.

Or you can pack this up for your lunch and dinner meals. It’s so good and works well for everything.

chopped celery, chopped onions, mayo, lemon juice, and seasoning in separate bowls

What Kind of Chicken to Use

This recipe is traditionally made using chicken breasts. I like to grab a whole rotisserie chicken from Costco. They only cost $5 and I can use the remaining meat for another meal, and I can use the leftover bones to make bone broth.

You can also use store-bought fully cooked chicken breasts/cubes.

You can roast your own chicken or use canned chicken (more information is documented below).

cooked rotisserie chicken on a black plate
cooked chicken breasts on a bamboo cutting board
cooked and cubed chicken breasts on a bamboo cutting board

How to Make Keto Chicken Salad

  1. Combine 2 cups of diced chicken breasts, mayo (I use a low-carb version made with avocado oil), finely chopped celery, chopped red onions, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste in a mixing bowl. 
  2. Stir the ingredients.
  3. Serve chilled or warm.
keto chicken salad in a glass bowl

How to Roast Chicken Breasts

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Add 2 chicken breasts to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake the chicken for 16-20 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
keto chicken salad in a glass bowl

Is Mayo Keto Friendly

Typical mayo is made with added sugar and harmful oils. I like to use the mayo from Primal Kitchen made with olive oil. It is keto-friendly and available on Amazon.

Additional Ingredients and Substitution Ideas

I like to keep this salad classic and with minimal ingredients. Here are other ideas to add.

  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Mustard (a tablespoon or to taste)
  • Bell Peppers
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Grapes (they have higher sugar and not great for strict keto)
keto chicken salad on a bed of lettuce in a white bowl

How to Substitute Mayo

If you are looking to make the recipe with no mayo, use plain Greek yogurt or sour cream instead.

Amount of Carbs in the Recipe

This dish has 1 net carb per serving.

What to Eat with Chicken Salad

A lot of times chicken salad is eaten as a sandwich on bread. You can enjoy this with Keto Chaffles or any of the following:

person holding keto chicken salad on a celery stalk

Can You Use Canned Chicken?

You can if you wish, though I would never recommend anyone eat chicken from a can. It’s typically high in sodium and contains other additives.

How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

It will last (tightly covered) for 3-4 days.

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keto chicken salad on a bed of lettuce in a white bowl
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Easy Keto Low-Carb Chicken Salad

This Easy Keto Low-Carb Chicken Salad is a quick and old-fashioned recipe that is far from boring. It's made with juicy chicken breasts, mayo, celery, and chopped onions. Your lunch meal prep just got easier!
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword keto chicken salad, keto salads, low carb chicken salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 334kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken breasts, shredded or chopped into cubes You can use rotisserie chicken, cooked chicken, or roast your own chicken breasts following the instructions below
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 stalk finely chopped celery I use a food processor to do this quickly.
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir.
  • Serve chilled or warm.

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Notes

  • When using rotisserie chicken, I remove the skin from the breasts. You can leave it if you wish.
  • The consistency of this chicken salad is thick and creamy. If you like a really creamy salad, add additional mayo.
  • You can use canned chicken if you wish, though I would never recommend anyone eat chicken from a can. It’s typically high in sodium and contains other additives.
  • If you are looking to make the recipe with no mayo, use plain Greek yogurt or sour cream instead.

HOW TO ROAST CHICKEN BREASTS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Add 2 chicken breasts to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake the chicken for 16-20 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 27g
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Tyla Nguyen

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

I swear Brandi's recipes do not let me down. This recipe is super easy and quick! The recipe is super versatile so whatever meat or additional stuff you add still makes this recipe fire. I used left over turkey meat bc I didn't have any chicken, and didn't have any red onion so I subbed it with yellow onion and it still tastes great! Love love love all the recipes so far!! Thank God for Brandi and this site for helping busy moms like me.

Chloe Frew

Monday 12th of October 2020

This was so damn good! Thank you for your ideas for extra ingredients. We’ve tried a few different versions of this recipe now. You’re the best!

staysnatched

Friday 16th of October 2020

Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Dominique

Thursday 13th of August 2020

I made this! It was so FIRE ? & very tasty! Thanks again Brandi for another great recipe! You are keeping my calories down with delicious food ?

staysnatched

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

You're welcome! So happy I can help!

Erika

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Another amazing recipe from Brandi! This is my second time making it. It’s so simple yet tasty and filling. I used baked chicken thighs instead of chicken breast, so I added less mayo and a little extra red onion & lemon juice to balance out the richness of the chicken thighs. I love topping a serving with sliced almonds right before eating. Thank you for this recipe!

staysnatched

Thursday 13th of August 2020

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoy it!

Sabrina

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I made this for hubby yesterday as a quick lunch. We both loved it!! Definitely going to become a staple in our household. Drizzle with a ton of Frank’s red hot and mmmmmmmmmmmmm yum.

staysnatched

Thursday 18th of June 2020

I love that idea!