The Best Homemade Chicken Salad is here. Why is it the best? Because it is quick and easy to toss together, tastes amazing, and can be served up so many ways. This recipe happens to be Paleo and Whole30 compliant and keto/low carb friendly!
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Homemade Chicken Salad: Simply The Best!
I suggest you use fresh rotisserie chicken for this recipe or you can brine and cook your own. You can see how to brine chicken breasts here. Then add diced cucumber, quartered grapes, garden grown chives, and pistachios and holy moly is it good! And beautiful, if I do say so myself. You can serve it alone…
…or scoop it into half an avocado….
…or serve it on a bed of baby greens. No matter how you serve it, it will be amazing!
The Mayo…Make Your Own…or Not!
When it comes to chicken salad, what you put on it is as important as what you put in it. So I opt for an amazing homemade mayo. (<— recipe) But you can find paleo/whole30/keto friendly brands of mayonnaise at some stores, or click to have good quality mayo shipped to your door.
The Recipe: The Best Homemade Chicken Salad
What you will need: click if making homemade mayo or click to have good quality mayo shipped to your door.
An easy to make delicious chicken salad. Serve with greens. Alone, this recipe is Paleo-Whole 30- Keto compliant. Of course you can serve on bread if desired.
- two cups home cooked or rotisserie chicken, diced 1/2"
- 1 cup cucumbers, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup purple grapes, quartered so you get more sweet in each bite! (keto you can skip if desired)
- 1/2 cup roasted salted pistachios (or your favorite nut)
- mayonnaise, to taste (homemade recipe linked above)
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Optional: greens, avocado
Combine all ingredients except avocado and greens (if using) and stir with desired amount of mayonnaise. Add sea salt and pepper to taste if needed.
Serve alone, place on a bed of greens, or scoop into half an avocado
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I am going to make this. Sounds so good! Have a fabulous shower for your adorable daughter!
This sounds delicious Linda! Love all of the grapes, cucumber and avocado. Pinned and shared.
Definitely pinning this!! I even have an immersion blender to make the mayo!
Penn&Quill || Robin
I love chicken salad with rice!! It’s my favorite combination!!
What a great salad. And homemade mayo just makes it that much better, doesn’t it?
This chicken salad looks fabulous! I have been wanting to make my own mayo forever, but haven’t gotten around to it. I will have to give it a try soon!
This chicken salad looks fabulous! Oddly enough, I’ve never put avocado in this kind of chicken salad before, but I bet it is delicious!!
This is such a wholesome and healthy salad… I like the grapes, avocados and chicken in it, perfect combination…
As an avocado fan, I’ve never tried putting it in chicken salad. You’re right, once you make your own mayo you’ll never go back.
This looks absolutely sensational; I adore fruit in salad!
I can’t wait to give this one a try!
Keep up the amazing work! 🙂
Oh yum! I love using spicy mustard for a kick.
This looks so yummy! I love making my own mayo so thanks for including the recipe on that!
Yummm I love chicken salads! This one looks awesome
OH a girl after my own heart! I make my chicken salad almost exactly the same as you do. Except I use sliced almonds. SO good. I could never go back to the canned, jar stuff (mayo). I like your style!
I love almonds too! I pretty use whatever nut I have!
I love this recipe. Chicken and grapes with some apples are my favorite.
Gah! That mayo is so easy! Love it! I think the pistachios would be my favorite part!
How completely delicious!! Spicy mustard!
I am on a spicy brown mustard kick these days!
Oh this looks fantastic! I’m not a big fan of mayo but maybe that’s because I never made it myself! I need to give it a try. It looks so easy and delicious on your chicken salad. Sooo this means your going to be a g’ma?? No Way!! So fun!
Homemade is the way to go!
I am definitely going to check out Thrive market. I like the idea that it might be a cross between whole foods and Costco
Sooo good and took only a few minutes to whip up! Our whole family loves this and you are SO right… Homemade mayo is the best! Never going back. Thanks for the recipe! Perfect to pack up for the beach (my initial intention)
Thanks Brittany! I am so happy you liked it!
Thank you! This looks wonderful.
I will say, though, that in making the Mayo, none of the ingredients need be”room temperature”. I make loads of different kinds of mayo with eggs right out of the fridge and it didn’t affect the finished product in the least. ?
Interesting. If my eggs are even slightly cold the mayo will not set up. In fact I even put them in warm water for a few minutes even if I have left them on the counter.
Where is the recipe?
Never mind…the advertisement was covering it up.
How much mayo?? “To taste,” to schmaste. I need to know how much! Or at least how much to start with. How’s that?
Well hello Needa! To taste is honestly the best way for people to make this salad. Some people love to slather it on and others like it barely there. I would ay start with 1/2 a cup, stir and see what you think and add from there. How’s that?