The Ultimate Paleo Avocado Chicken Salad

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This Paleo Avocado Chicken Salad is a creamy and healthy chicken salad recipe that’s mayo free. Learn how to make this low-carb chicken salad with avocado,  dijon mustard, onion, celery, lemon juice and fresh basil. It’s packed with flavor and perfect for meal prep!

Looking for more chicken salad recipes? Try this Light & Easy Chicken Salad Recipe or my 15 Minute Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe.

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Easy Paleo Avocado Chicken Salad

Can I be real with you? I like mayo. I grew up in Wisconsin and we use to dip our french fries in it. We would put it in and on everything and use it as the base for a dressing. (you know like in Broccoli Salad) So when y’all asked me for a mayo-free Chicken Salad Recipe I was like …. whaaaat? Why?

But, because I love you, I created a chicken salad recipe that’s just for you. This recipe uses creamy avocado instead of mayo and a few other items to make a flavor packed chicken salad that’s healthy and delicious!

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Avocado Chicken Salad Ingredients

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this easy chicken salad recipe. 

  • Cooked Chicken – If you want an easy button, definitely just use a store bough rotisserie chicken. However, if you want more added flavor I recommend pan searing it or grilling it. Let it cool them shred.
  • Avocado – Instead of using mayonnaise, use mashed avocado to add creaminess to your chicken salad.
  • Dijon Mustard – The mustard gives your chicken salad a nice tangy mustard taste, add more if you want a stronger mustard flavor.
  • Lemon Juice – A little lemon juice never hurt anyone, in fact the acid in the lemon hurts keep the avocado green longer and gives it more flavor.
  • Onions – I use red onion because it’s a little sweeter.
  • Celery – Normally, I’m not a fan of celery but I think it adds a nice crunch.
  • Basil – Fresh herbs always help elevate a dish and the lemony basil compliments all the flavors in this chicken salad.
  • Spices – I use cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper to season this chicken salad.

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What’s the Easiest Way to Shred Chicken for Chicken Salad?

Hands down, the best and easiest way to shred cooked chicken for chicken salad is in a stand mixer. I know it sounds weird but trust me, it will rock your world. 

  1. Add cooked chicken to a stand mix with paddle attachment.
  2. Turn mixer on to medium and let mix for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Voila – your chicken is shredded and you didn’t have to touch it!

How to Make Avocado Chicken Salad

Making this chicken salad recipe only takes a few minutes and results in a satisfying, high-protein salad that’s paleo friendly, low carb and gluten free.

To make avocado chicken salad follow these steps:

  1. Season both sides of chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add in avocado oil and seasoned chicken breast.
  3. Cook chicken breast for 4-6 minutes per side, or until chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Shred chicken breast.
  5. Add shredded chicken breast to a large bowl along with mashed avocado, celery, red onion,  dijon mustard, lemon juice, basil, cumin and garlic powder. Using a spoon, mix everything together until well combined. Serve.

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How to Store Avocado Chicken Salad

Store your chicken salad in an air tight container in the refrigerator. It will last from 3 to 5 days. After that it will start to change color and or get soggy. This chicken salad will not freeze well so I recommend eating it in the allotted time frame.

How Do You Eat Avocado Chicken Salad?

Honestly, I think it depends on what you like or what your dietary needs require. Here are a couple of ideas of how to eat chicken salad: 

  • Bread or Pita– use it on top of toasted or plain bread and pita.
  • Lettuce Cup – add a scoop of chicken salad to your lettuce cup and eat it like a taco
  • Apple Slices – instead of bread, serve chicken salad on apple slices
  • Cucumber Slices – add chicken salad to a bowl and use cucumber slices as a chip or cracker
  • Tomato – serve chicken salad inside a hollowed out tomato or on top of tomato slices
  • Crackers – enjoy scoops of the chicken salad with crackers
  • Plain – eat your avocado chicken salad straight from the container. It is tasty enough to do this!

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Alright! Y’all are all set when it comes to your Avocado Chicken Salad game! This recipe is easy to make, super flavorful, low carb AND high in protein. It’s a winner all around and I cannot wait to hear what you think of it! 

Bon Appetit friends!

What to Serve with Avocado Chicken Salad?

Looking for ideas about what to serve with this easy chicken salad? Try some of these recipes:

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The Ultimate Paleo Avocado Chicken Salad

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 27 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • category Category: Chicken
  • method Method: Mix
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

This Paleo Avocado Chicken Salad is a creamy and healthy chicken salad recipe that’s mayo free. Learn how to make this low-carb chicken salad with avocado,  dijon mustard, onion, celery, lemon juice and fresh basil. It’s packed with flavor and perfect for meal prep!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 avocados, mashed
  • 1/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Season both sides of chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add in avocado oil and seasoned chicken breast.
  3. Cook chicken breast for 4-6 minutes per side, or until chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Shred chicken breast.
  5. Add shredded chicken breast to a large bowl along with mashed avocado, celery, red onion,  dijon mustard, lemon juice, basil, cumin and garlic powder. Using a spoon, mix everything together until well combined.
  6. Serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 147
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 180 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 33 mg

Keywords: avocado chicken salad, low carb, easy chicken salad recipe, keto, paleo, healthy, how to make chicken salad

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2 Responses
  1. merry

    This turned out to be super creamy and yum. I love mayonnaise too and have been trying to figure a healthy replacement to it. I am sticking to this recipe henceforth. Thanks for sharing.

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