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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!

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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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Pair this with Keto Low Carb Orange Chicken.

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!
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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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Recipe Rating




Kaitlin

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

Made this subbing tuna and it was fantastic. I ate it straight from the spoon!!

staysnatched

Friday 28th of May 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Giselle Hernandez

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Been meaning to make this for a while and finally bought a rotisserie chicken so had to take advantage! It’s absolutely delicious but I’m not surprised!

Made mine with 1/3 mayo, 1/3 light sour cream, 1/3 nonfat plain Greek yogurt to fit my own nutritional needs. Loaded it with dill pickles and red onion but what really brought it home is the lemon juice.

staysnatched

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Wonderful! That sounds great.

Amanda G.

Thursday 7th of January 2021

Made a batch of this yesterday and had it for lunch as a sandwich with lettuce and tomato-loved it! I’ve been craving a good chicken salad sandwich lately that isn’t swimming in mayo and this did it! I also love the red onions, I feel like they add so much flavor!

staysnatched

Friday 8th of January 2021

Yes, that's one of my favorite parts!

Charity Prince

Friday 18th of December 2020

Delicious!! Thank you for the added bonus to teaching me how to properly roast a chicken breast. I’ve always just “guessed” when it was done. I didn’t have celery so I added 4 petite sweet gherkins (no sugar added). Great recipe Brandi.

staysnatched

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Sabrina Boucher

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

This recipe is a stable now in my home! It's so quick to do, I love making it for easy lunches to take to work. Thank you Brandi for another banger!

staysnatched

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

You're welcome. The perfect meal prep dish.