What do you do with leftover chicken?
Keto chicken salad is a quick and easy meal that can be served a variety of ways.
If you think chicken is boring, you're making it wrong.
This is another easy salad recipe following on from my keto Caesar salad (high-protein salad), cheeseburger salad, and keto taco salad.
Is chicken salad keto?
Chicken is salad is the perfect easy keto meal for a hot day. It is served cold and can be eaten as an appetizer, snack, or light meal.
It holds well in the refrigerator, so you can make a batch in advance to eat for 3-4 days or use it for quick meal prep.
Easy ways to cook a whole chicken
You will need about 16 oz. or 1 lb (450g) of cooked chicken.
The chicken can be chopped or shredded.
I prefer to bake my chicken, but you can also grill or boil your chicken. If you are in a hurry you can even use a rotisserie chicken.
To bake your chicken, place the chicken in a baking pan and drizzle it with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake the chicken at 220C/425F for 10-15 minutes or until done.
Use the baking time to chop some vegetables, make Fathead Crackers, or Mozzarella Dough to serve with your chicken salad.
Making A Versatile Healthy Chicken Salad
Now that your chicken is cooked, toss together your chicken salad in a large bowl.
Feel free to mix up the vegetables you use in your salad. My go-to low-carb vegetables for chicken salad are chopped bell pepper, cucumbers, celery, red onion, and fresh herbs like parsley and basil.
Avocado is another vegetable I like to add to my chicken salad, but it is optional.
A little lemon juice will keep the avocado from turning brown for a few days if you choose to add avocado to your salad.
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Best keto salad dressings
For this healthy chicken salad, I used plain unsweetened natural whole milk Greek yoghurt to give the salad a nice crisp flavour. However, you can also use sour cream or mayo instead of yoghurt if you choose.
If you like thick creamy keto mayonnaise, there are 15 flavors you can choose from.
If you like a smooth pouring salad dressing, you can make it from an egg and extra virgin olive oil, and a stick blender.
Lime avocado mayonnaise is a fresh creamy keto salad dressing that can be served on top or on the side.
Ways to serve keto chicken salad
Once the salad is mixed together it is ready to serve right away. One serving size is about 8 oz. or 1 cup.
This salad is delicious as is but is also tasty served with FatHead crackers or with mozzarella dough baked into the shape of a flatbread.
If you are looking for a quick way to meal prep your salad I recommend turning your chicken salad into lettuce wraps.
Swiss chard (silverbeet) is one of my favourite leafy greens to use to make wraps since the leaves are thicker and they do not rip as easily.
Once your wraps are made garnish them with feta cheese.
How to store leftover salad
This recipe will make enough chicken salad for 4-6 people. It is perfect for a gathering or barbecue.
Leftover salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days to be eaten throughout the week. Enjoy!
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Easy Versatile Keto Chicken Salad
- 450 g (1 lb) cooked chicken chopped or shredded
- ½ cup natural unsweetened yoghurt unsweetened natural
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup red onion finely diced
- ½ cup chopped cucumber
- ½ cup chopped celery
- ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
- ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs parsley, basil, etc
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup avocado optional
- 1 tablespoon feta cheese optional to garnish
How To Cook The Chicken
- To bake your chicken, place the chicken in a baking pan and drizzle it with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake the chicken at 220C/425F for 10-15 minutes or until done. Alternatovely, grill, broil, barbecue or buy a rotisserie chicken.
How To Make The Versatile Keto Chicken Salad
- Chop your cooked chicken and vegetables. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Garnish and serve as lettuce wraps, with FatHead crackers, or with mozzarella dough flatbread. Store leftover chicken salad in the refrigerator.
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