Quick & Easy Chicken Salad

I love simple and tasty…and this is 1000 percent simple and delicious. Chicken salad was never something I would turn to for a quick and healthy meal, but this has become my go to recipe anytime I’m super busy but still want something freshly put together in the kitchen.

Fruit and nuts can stay far far away from my chicken salad. I love simple ingredients that let you taste the slow roasted flavor of rotisserie chicken so why would I want to cover it up with a million ingredients.

I can’t take full credit for this recipe. My friend Melanie served this chicken salad on some crostinis for my bridal shower and I was blown away. When I asked her for the recipe I was shocked that it took less then 5 ingredients to prepare. I added chives to the mix, but that’s pretty much it. You just have to let the chicken be king.

So, on a busy night, run to the store, grab a hot and fresh rotisserie chicken and you are 50% on your way to a delicious and simple weeknight meal.

**Side note: the best chicken salad I get on the run is the chicken salad sandwich at Potbelly!!! Throw in some of their spicy pepper mix and toasty bread…well…it’s just heaven. :)

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Yields 4 servings

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp green onions, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 small avocado, sliced
  • chopped chives for garnish

Remove the skin from the chicken and place the meat in a large bowl (I usually end up with around 12-14oz of meat). Using two forks shred the chicken. Combine the remaining ingredients and chill in the refrigerator. **I add around 1 tsp of kosher salt and taste. It can get salty really fast so apply small amounts at a time and taste.

You don’t have to chill in the refrigerator, but I’ve found the flavors to be much stronger once they’ve had time to marry in the fridge.

I serve mine on a toasted baguette or on tostadas, topped with the avocado slices and chives. Honestly, it’s so yummy I’ve also just stood over the bowl and ate it with a fork.

Happy Eating!

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I was way to hungry and anxious to eat that I didn’t bother to take a photo of the chicken. So, the above pic is a totally random but fun photograph that I just instantly fell in love with. Thanks to the LIFE photo archive!

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5 responses

  1. Love the photo! and I can’t wait to try out the chicken salad. I wonder if you could substitute the mayo for something lighter? What would your recommendation be?

    Love the xx

  2. My recommendation would be to not feel guilty about eating the light mayo! ;) With my experience making “healthy” chicken salad, there just isn’t any way around a touch of mayo. Yogurt, mustard…etc…it just doesn’t compare. So keep the amount moderate, and use a light mayo instead of the full fat and you’re eating something delicious without having to feel bad about it. (That sounded like a mini infomercial :) )

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