The BEST Whole30 + Keto Chicken Salad
The BEST Whole30 + Keto Chicken Salad Recipe + Video – packed with vegetables and herbs. Serve as a wrap on lettuce. Meal prep, paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, clean eating.
With 100% conviction, I can promise you this is the BEST whole30 + keto chicken salad.
I’m a major chicken salad connoisseur, and this one is my favorite.
Chicken salads make such a great meal prep for lunches, and get better the longer they sit. You can enjoy them in butter lettuce cups (my personal favorite), or on a big plate of greens.
I’ve shared a lot of chicken salad recipes in the past. My keto + whole30 lemon basil chicken salad, whole30 curried chicken salad, whole30 apple + cranberry chicken salad and of course my whole30 apricot chicken salad. But this newest version is my newest favorite.
Most chicken salad recipes use a lot of fruit to add sweetness, which also adds carbs.
To keep this one keto, I left out all fruit, and instead added in tons of crunch and naturally sweet vegetables, herbs, and crunchy pecans. Way fewer carbs, but still absolutely delicious.
The resulting chicken salad is crunchy, savory, and full 0f flavor.
It is going to be your new favorite lunch!
Best of all, this chicken salad makes the perfect meal prep. This recipe makes enough for 6 servings. I’ve had this chicken salad on day 5, and it is not soggy at all. It just keeps getting tastier!
Watch How To Make Whole30 + Keto Chicken Salad Recipe Video
The BEST Whole30 + Keto Chicken Salad
- 2 pounds chicken breasts and/or thighs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt + 2 teaspoons pepper
- 4 stalks of celery
- 1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed
- 1 bunch scallions, sliced
- 1 cup parsley, chopped
- 1 cup roasted almonds, chopped
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise, or more to taste
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- salt + pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 425ºF.
- Pound your chicken to an even thickness. Place on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165ºF. Rest until cool enough to handle.
- When the chicken is cool enough to handle, break it into large chunks and pulse in your food processor until finely chopped. Transfer the chopped chicken to a large mixing bowl.
- Then, use your food processor to finely chop the celery and then the bell pepper. Transfer to the same large mixing bowl.
- Add in the scallions, parsley, almonds, mayonnaise and dijon mustard. Stir to combine. Salt + pepper to taste, and add more mayonnaise if desired.
- Serve on butter lettuce, wrapped in collard greens, or scoop on top of baby greens.
- Will keep in an airtight container refrigerated for 5 days.
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65 Comments on “The BEST Whole30 + Keto Chicken Salad”
I never comment on recipes and leave reviews but oh my gosh— I just HAD to on this one! This is hands down the best chicken salad I’ve ever had, and it’s so hard to not eat it all in one or two sittings! I will be making this weekly!
You are so nice! I am SO glad to like it so much! It’s one of my favorites too! Thank you, Emily!
I was looking for a chicken salad recipe that didn’t use grapes, & cranberries . Just wanted something different. This is so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Will definitely be making it again !
I am so glad you will be making it again Zanetta. Thank you so much for the feedback, it really means a lot to me.
Yummmmm. This chicken salad is so good and so easy to make. I personally love the finely chopped chicken. I served this over butter lettuce leaves and topped with chopped dill pickles. Can’t wait to eat this for lunch the next few days! Will definitely be a regular for me.
Serving it over butter lettuce with chopped dill pickles sounds delicious Miranda! Isn’t it great when you have a yummy lunch to look forward to? Love it!
Finally remembered to grab all the ingredients! Delicious! Thank you for another great recipe for my W30 rotation!
So glad you had all the ingredients and were able to enjoy my chicken salad Brooke! So happy you have been enjoying my recipes. Your feedback means the world to me.
The best chicken salad we have ever had! We make it for our lunches each week. Instead of wraps, I put chopped salad in the bowl to make it easier to eat at work. It tastes just as great!
I love how you serve it in a bowl as a chopped salad Kristen. Yummy!
Natalie, this recipe is absolutely delicious! My family LOVES it. I make it at least twice a month on a Sunday afternoon and then we have easy lunches for several days. I love to eat it with snap peas or cut up cucumber. The texture is fantastic – I love the addition of nuts (I use pecans) and the flavour is so yummy! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. I’m so grateful.
I am so glad you like my chicken salad Carolyn! It does make a fantastic Sunday lunch. The leftovers are even better I think.
The name for this recipe is perfect. It really is one of the best homemade chicken salads. I loved using my food processor for the chicken and the veggies as it was so much easier than dicing it all up tiny. The addition of the almonds adds a nice crunch and good flavor. And I’m so happy to have my lunch made for the rest of the week and stay on Whole 30.
Lucky you to have your lunch made all week with a delicious chicken salad Karol. It’s one of my favorites.
This is a new family favorite and is great to have on hand throughout the week! This recipe will never get old!
I am so glad you liked my Chinese chicken salad and it has become a family favorite Marissa. I love that you like to always have it on hand. I do too!
Do you know what the serving size is?
I haven’t measured the exact amount of the chicken salad for serving size Maria. The calorie and nutritional information is based on the salad serving 6. I will make a note to measure it next time I make it. In the meantime, you can make the salad and divide it into 6 equal servings.
I sure hope you like it!
This is hands down the best chicken salad I’ve had! I love how many veggies get thrown in and for it to be keto and whole 30 means everyone in my house can enjoy this! I was so impressed with how easy it was to throw together. Awesome!
Yeah! I am so happy my chicken salad was the best you ever had Lauren! So glad it was easy to make too! Thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it.
This is so delicous! Getting me through my first keto challenge!
I love that it is helping you through your first keto challenge Al. Congratulations to you for starting your journey to better health!
So Good! Super easy to make and extremely satisfying.
I love to hear that it was easy to make and extremely satisfying Courtney! Yeah! That is music to my ears!