Keto Chicken Salad Recipe

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With just 1g of net carbs, this keto chicken salad is a great lunch, dinner, or side dish to have. It‘s keto-friendly, full of flavors, nutritious, yummy, and super easy to make.

Chicken salad is a recipe to always have in your repertoire. Above all, it’s very simple.

What I personally love about making my own salads is that I can control the ingredients I use. Thus, we can incorporate more keto-friendly products into the recipe without compromising the taste.

keto chicken salad in lettuce wrap

Additionally, some store-bought chicken salads might seem keto-friendly on the surface. However, they end up having a bunch of sugar. Yes, sugar! Why do we need sugar in our chicken salad?

We don‘t. It‘s delicious as is. There is no lack of flavor in this recipe. That’s because we are going to use lean chicken breasts, hard-boiled eggs, greek yogurt, mustard, and a lot of delicious spices and flavors.

Chicken is an excellent source of protein, especially chicken breasts. This is the leanest part of the chicken, and skinless is always preferred.

3 chicken salad lettuce boats on plate

Ingredients You’ll Need

Chicken

Chicken breasts (3)

Olive oil (1 tbsp)

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Salad

Boiled eggs (2)

Greek yogurt (1/2 cup)

Dijon mustard (1 tsp)

Fresh lemon juice (1 tsp)

Celery (1 stalk)

Fresh dill (1 tbsp)

Garlic powder (1/2 tsp)

Onion powder (1/2 tsp)

Salt and black pepper (a pinch)

Sweet gem lettuce (for serving)

ingredients for chicken salad

How to Make Keto Salad

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Remove the chicken breasts from the packaging. Then, place them on a baking tray or in a baking dish.

After that, season with salt and pepper. Finally, drizzle the olive oil over all of the chicken breasts.

Step 2. Bake the chicken for about 30 minutes or until it is fully cooked. Now, let the chicken cool at room temperature. After that, we will shred the chicken with two forks.

Then, put it in a large bowl and set it aside while we prepare the other ingredients.

Step 3. Hard-boil your eggs. Put your egg in a saucepot. Then, cover with cold water so that there is about one inch of water above the eggs. Heat the pan on the stove on high heat and bring to a boil.

Finally, turn off the heat once the water starts to boil. Now, cover the eggs and let them sit in hot water for 10-12 minutes. While you are waiting for the eggs to cook, prepare an ice bath.

Grab a large enough bowl and fill it with ice cubes and water. When the time is up, carefully place the eggs into the ice water to stop the cooking process.

Step 4. You can peel them once they are cool. If the shell is still sticking a bit, try peeling under running water.

The cold water will help the egg separate from the shell. Finally, place the peeled eggs on a cutting board and chop them up for the salad.

Step 5. Add the eggs and the remaining ingredients (except the lettuce) to the chicken in a large bowl. Then, gently stir everything together.

Step 6. Prepare your sweet gem lettuce leaves by removing large leaves from the head. Afterward, gently wash them with ice-cold water and pat them dry with paper towels or use a salad spinner.

Now, lay the leaves out on a serving platter. Then, scoop 12 equal portions into each leaf. Finally, serve these lettuce bowls immediately.

steps to make chicken salad

What to Serve This Salad With

If you do not have the gem lettuce on hand, don‘t worry. That’s because there are other things you can serve your salad with.

Any large leaf lettuce will work as a lettuce cup. I would also suggest Bibb lettuce, romaine lettuce, and even iceberg lettuce.

You could also use this as a salad topping. Just scoop the salad on top if you have greens that simply won‘t work for lettuce cups.

lettuce wrap with chicken salad next to cutting board

How to Store This Salad

You can store the chicken salad in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. However, you need to make sure you’re storing them either in air-tight containers or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.

So, make sure you seal the chicken well before putting it away. As a result, your chicken will stay fresh for longer.

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keto chicken salad recipe
4.85 from 13 votes

Keto Chicken Salad Recipe

By Karo @ AllNutritious
With just 1g net carbs, this chicken salad is super delicious, nutritious, and most important keto-friendly. It's a lovely lunch or dinner meal that could be easily meal prepped. While it's ketogenic, the salad is refreshing and filling.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 salad leaves

Ingredients 

Chicken

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Salad

  • 2 boiled eggs peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • pinch salt and black pepper
  • Sweet gem lettuce for serving

Instructions 

  • Chicken
  • Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Place your chicken on a baking tray and season it with salt and pepper. Then, cover it in olive oil.
  • Bake the breasts in the oven for 30 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Once the chicken cools down, shred it with a fork.
  • Salad
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except for sweet gem lettuce leaves into a bowl. Mix in the chicken and combine all the ingredients.
  • Fill the lettuce leaves with the chicken salad and enjoy it!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 salad leaf | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.3g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 3.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 84mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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6 Comments

  1. Heather doerfler says:

    It says 88kcal. So how many actual calories is that

    1. Karo @ AllNutritious says:

      It’s 88 kcal per salad leaf if that helps

  2. Nicole says:

    What is the measurement for one serving?

    1. Karo @ AllNutritious says:

      1 sweet gem lettuce with chicken in it 🙂

  3. Rae says:

    This looks and sounds amazing! I would love a video 🙂

    1. Karo @ AllNutritious says:

      The video is in the post and the recipe card. 🙂