Chicken Salad Recipe

5 from 8 votes

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This chicken salad recipe is delicious for sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and stuffed tomatoes or peppers. Make this recipe for a quick keto friendly lunch!

rotisserie chicken salad with crisp romaine lettuce on wheat toast

Most of us are familiar with using chicken salad for sandwiches. After all, the most popular way to enjoy the creamy concoction is between two slices of bread or toast.

But what do you do when you’re trying to control your carbs with a low-carb or keto diet? It isn’t a secret that most bread is loaded with carbs.

The good news is that, for the most part, chicken salad ingredients are low-carb by default! By adjusting the ingredients ever so slightly, I’ll show you how you can enjoy a guilt-free keto chicken salad lunch!

Chicken Salad Recipe Video

There isn’t too much difference between making a keto chicken salad and a traditional chicken salad for sandwiches. Regardless, if you want to see the process, scroll down to the recipe card and watch the video!

As written, this recipe is low carb, but not 100 percent keto. But don’t worry; I’ll explain below how to make it completely keto-compliant!

chicken salad ingredients in glass bowls on counter: chicken, celery, scallions, mayo, mustard and spices

Chicken Salad Recipe Ingredients

  • Rotisserie chicken breasts – For most people, white meat chicken is a healthier choice than dark meat, which is higher in fat. I use two rotisserie chicken breasts, which equals 3 to 4 cups of cubed chicken. If you don’t want to use rotisserie chicken, any type of cooked chicken will work. Note: I suggest removing the skin from the breasts but you don’t have to.
  • Celery
  • Scallions (green onion)

For the dressing

  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard – You can use yellow mustard if you prefer it
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh dill weed
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
chicken salad dressing and bowl of mixed chicken salad

Making chicken salad for sandwiches

Making this recipe really can’t be any easier; just three easy steps and you’ll be ready to eat!

  1. Chop the chicken
  2. Make the dressing
  3. Mix to combine
keto chicken salad in bell pepper

Keeping the recipe keto-friendly

To make this a true keto chicken salad, you’ll need to make a few changes to the chicken salad ingredients, as follows:

  1. Chicken – Although you can use chicken breast meat, using dark meat will help you to meet your fat macros for the day.
  2. Scallions – You’ll want to omit the scallions. Although they are lower in carbs than other onion varieties, scallions are not recommended on a keto diet.
  3. Dijon mustard – Be aware that some brands of Dijon mustard contain wine, which can make it higher in carbs. Just read the ingredient label to ensure that the one you’re using is compliant with your diet. Or, substitute yellow mustard for the Dijon.
  4. Bread Omitting the bread is the most important part of keeping the chicken salad sandwiches keto-friendly. The good news is, you can still enjoy the rotisserie chicken salad in a lettuce wrap or stuffed into sweet bell peppers. It would also be delicious stuffed into zucchini or yellow squash.
keto chicken salad in lettuce wrap


two stacked keto chicken salad sandwiches on white plate

Chicken Salad Recipe (Keto) + Video

5 from 8 votes
This chicken salad recipe is delicious for sandwiches, lettuce wraps, or stuffed tomatoes. Make this recipe for a quick keto friendly lunch!
Servings: 6
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes


  • 3 cups rotisserie chicken breast meat (See Note 1)
  • 1/2 cup celery diced (2-3 ribs)
  • 3 green onions diced fine (See Note 2)



  • In a medium sized bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, parsley, dill, salt and pepper.
  • Cut the chicken into small cubes and add to the mixing bowl. Add celery, green onions and toss to mix thoroughly. Season to taste.
  • Chill or serve immediately over salad greens, in a lettuce wrap, stuffed in a bell pepper, on bread for sandwiches or with crackers.



  1. I use rotisserie chicken breast meat from Costco. Typically 2 large chicken breasts cubed will be about 3-4 cups. You can also substitute (3) 12.5 ounce canned, drained).
  2. Feel free to substitute 1/3 cup diced red onion. To reduce the bite, soak diced red onion in water for 10 minutes and drain before using.
  3. Yellow mustard or mustard of choice may be substituted.


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 819mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Lighter Meals, salads, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Another great recipe Kevin, we love you and hope you’re not impacted by the sickness that is sweeping through your country. Andy. Byron Bay Australia

    1. Thank you Andy! We are doing great! Staying home as much as we can! Thank you for the kind words!

  2. 5 stars
    This is everything a gourmet sandwich should be, and then some! Easily, my new favorite sandwich!