The Best Homemade Chicken Salad!

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, Whole 30 and keto compliant!
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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…

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…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!

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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.

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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.

4.84 from 6 votes
The Best Homemade Chicken Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins

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. 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy lunch recipe, light recipe, summer recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Dicing everything the same size makes for a prettier salad
  • two cups home cooked or rotisserie chicken cooled and diced 1/2"
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers 1/2"
  • 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 pepper to taste
  • Optional: greens avocados
For chicken salad:
  1. 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. 
  2. Serve alone, place on a bed of greens, or scoop into half an avocado



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31 thoughts on “The Best Homemade Chicken Salad!

  1. 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!

  2. 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)

  3. 4 stars
    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.

  4. 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?

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