FREE 28-Day Clean Keto Guide here

Southern Style Chicken Salad (Keto, Whole30)

KMFPW30
February 16, 2021 | Author: Ashley McCrary

My homemade Southern Style Chicken Salad recipe is easy to make and loaded with homemade mayo, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, pecans, pickles and onions. Perfect served over lettuce or on top of cucumbers. Only 2 NET carbs per serving! Whole30, Keto, and Paleo.

My Southern Style Chicken Salad recipe is the perfect lunch, dinner or appetizer. It’s filled with so much flavor and can be added over lettuce, on top of cucumbers or stuffed in mini peppers for the perfect meal or snack. This recipe can be whipped up in no time at all and serves as an amazing meal prep option.

All of the ingredients for this chicken salad recipe in individual bowls.

What Kind of Chicken To Use

  • Rotisserie Chicken (I love buying mine at Sam’s Club)
  • Boiled Chicken
  • Canned Chicken
  • Grilled or Baked Chicken
  • Chicken Thighs

Tips & Tricks For This Southern Style Chicken Salad

  • Finely Shredded Chicken: The key to the perfect chicken salad recipe is shredding the chicken by adding it to a food processor. It gives it the perfect consistency and really is game changer for the overall texture.
  • Let it sit in the fridge overnight: Making sure to allow the chicken salad to sit between 3-24 hours makes a big difference in the taste. I always like making my salad the night before and allowing it to sit in the fridge overnight before serving. The flavors are incredible and serving it cold is best in my opinion.
  • Homemade Mayo: Store-bought mayo is not my jam. Making mayo homemade is the only way I can eat it. My 60 second Mayo recipe is filled with super simple ingredients and doesn’t have any junk. Click here to grab the recipe.
  • Pickle Juice: Adding a tablespoon or so of pickle juice gives the chicken salad great flavor. It’s my secret for my tuna and chicken salad recipes.
Southern Style Chicken Salad Pinterest Pin
An overhead shot of the salad recipe on a plate with a pickle, lettuce and tomatoes.

How To Serve

  • Over lettuce with a tomato and pickle
  • Stuffed in mini peppers
  • Wrapped in a coconut wrap
  • Gluten Free Crackers (Not Keto or Whole30)
  • On top of cucumber slices
A close up photo of the salad over a bed of lettuce with tomatoes

Shop My Post

Want More Healthy Recipes?

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Southern Style Chicken Salad

My homemade Southern Style Chicken Salad recipe is easy to make and loaded with homemade mayo, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, pecans, pickles and onions. Perfect served over lettuce or on top of cucumbers. Only 2 NET carbs per serving! Whole30, Keto, and Paleo.

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 cups chicken, cooked and finely shredded
  • 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickles
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh or dried
  • 3/4 cup homemade mayo
  • 3 tablespoons pecans, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To a food processor, add in the cooked chicken and pulse for 20 seconds or until the chicken is nice and chopped. 
  2. Transfer the chopped chicken to a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix with a large wooden spoon until combined and creamy. 
  3. Place a lid on the mixing bowl and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight before serving. Serve with sliced cucumbers, over lettuce or mini bell peppers. 
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

  • This can be stored for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator safely in an air-tight Tupperware with a lid.
  • For the chicken you can boil, bake or grill chicken breast, use canned or even a rotisserie chicken from the store. 
  • If you want to boil chicken breast for this recipe you can fill a 2 1/2 quart pot with water and add a little salt to flavor the water. When the water is boiling, add the chicken and cook until tender and no longer pink in the center, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken and allow it to cool.
  • Click here for my 60 second homemade mayo recipe
  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Entrees/Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Whole30, Gluten Free, Keto
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 247
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 433
  • Fat: 19
  • Carbohydrates: 3
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 16
  • Cholesterol: 103

Keywords: Southern Style Chicken Salad, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Chicken Salad

Pin this Southern Style Chicken Salad to your Pinterest Board

Southern Style Chicken Salad Pinterest Pin

17 thoughts on "Southern Style Chicken Salad (Keto, Whole30)"

  1. Ashley Kadlec says:

    Making this today, sounds so yummy!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Hope you love it!

  2. Liz Andrew says:

    this is the kind of simple but flavorful recipe i dream for weekday lunches. i used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and primal kitchen paleo mayo to save myself some extra time 😉 ate some today wrapped in butter lettuce and it was perfect. this was my first time breaking up chicken in the food processor like that – it’s hella smart – less work on the body in breaking down/digesting the meat.

  3. Emily H says:

    So delicious and an easy go to meal during the week.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy to hear. Thank you!

  4. Cassy M says:

    I absolutely loved this chicken salad! A new family favorite 🤩

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy to hear. Thank you

  5. Annabelle says:

    OMG I have just made this and have it chilling in the fridge. It really is slap somebody AMAZING! One of the BEST chicken salads I’ve ever had!! Thanks Mac!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Yay! I am so happy to hear this. Thank you

  6. Joyce Miller says:

    What could I use instead of the pickles and pickle juice?
    Thanks!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      I would just omit if you don’t like pickles.

  7. Lori Maxwell says:

    Made this yesterday…so good! (I added apples because my husband says it’s a must!). Amazing!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This sounds like a great touch. Thanks or making

  8. valerie says:

    Hi! I am excited to make this chicken salad but have a question: do you use dill or sweet pickles/pickle juice? Thanks!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Dill pickle

  9. Stephanie says:

    So so good!! I opted for avocado instead of mayo and it was delicious!! Great recipe!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Love the idea of using avocado. Glad it was yummy


 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe rating

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

instagram
Hope everyone had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I was planning to take off posting today, but I found this gem and had to share. Vegan Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting. 

If you are looking for a yummy vegan cake and buttercream, be sure to check out this recipe. It’s seriously incredible. 

Grab the full recipe over in the link in bio 
or at https://healthylittlepeach.com/vegan-vanilla-cake-with-buttercream-st-patricks-day/#tasty-recipes-22812
.
.
.
.
#vegan #veganrecipes #dairyfree #dairyfreerecipes #cakerecipe #cakedecorating #cake #vanillacake #buttercream #buttercreamicing #dessert #desserts #dessertsofinstagram #stpatricksday #stpattysday
The perfect cozy soup for this weekend. This Salsa Verde Chicken Soup is so easy to make and requires simple ingredients. Throw it in the crockpot, instant pot, or stovetop. 

Low Carb, Paleo, Whole30, and Dairy-Free

Click the link in my bio and tap the photo to be directed to the recipe. https://healthylittlepeach.com/salsa-verde-chicken-soup-keto-whole30/
.
.
.
#whole30 #whole30recipes #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreefood #foodphotography #foodphoto #foodblogger #foodblog #dairyfree #dairyfreerecipes #keto #ketorecipe #paleo #paleorecipes #easyrecipes #soup #souprecipe #crockpotrecipes #lowcarb #familymeals #whatsonmyplate #imsomartha #thefeedfeed
Life is so easy with you!❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweet Thang.
✨Creamy Crab Dip✨ SAVE THIS RECIPE

This dip is the perfect appetizer for The Super Bowl this weekend. 

It’s Whole30, Keto, Paleo, Gluten & Dairy-Free!!

✨Crab Dip (Dairy-Free)✨

1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked and drained 
8 ounces dairy-free cream cheese Kite Hill (or regular cream cheese will work)
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
1 tbsp Franks hot sauce
1 tbsp. lemon juice
⅓ cup chopped onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp vegan butter (or regular if not DF)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp onion powder
1 ½ tbsp nutritional yeast (or sub shredded cheese)
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
½ tsp ground mustard

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

✨Instructions✨

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter along with the minced garlic and onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
2. In a large bowl mix together the crab meat, dairy-free cream cheese, mayo, lemon juice, hot sauce, seasonings (except for nutritional yeast) along with the cooked onions and garlic. Mix together until combined.
3. Grease a 2-quart baking dish and add the crab mixture evenly. Sprinkle the top with nutritional yeast or you can sub cheese here.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!
.
.
.
#superbowl #appetizers #appetizer #appetizerideas #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #crabdip #crab #healthyeating #healthyfoodideas #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #dairyfree #dairyfreerecipes #feedfeed #feedfeedglutenfree #whole30 
#whole30recipes #easyrecipes #whatsonmyplate
Needing a healthier Valentine’s Day dessert? Be sure to give this Keto Blueberry Cobbler a try. 

It is the perfect sweet treat without all the sugar. The filling consists of  fresh blueberries, all-natural sweeteners, lemon juice and xanthan gum and is topped with a nutty crumble and baked to perfection. Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free

➡️Grab the full recipe at healthylittlepeach.com or over in the link in bio 
.
.
.
.
#ketodessert #ketorecipes #keto #valentineday #dessert #healthydessert #healthyfood #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #paleorecipes #paleo #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #blueberrycobbler
@healthylittlepeach