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Easy Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad Recipe

This Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad recipe is easy to make and loaded with homemade chopped chicken, mayo, bacon, onions, and jalapenos. Serve this salad over lettuce or on top of cucumbers. Only 2 NET carbs per serving! Whole30, Keto, GF, DF, and Paleo.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Salad/Lunch/Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad
Method: Stovetop
Servings: 8
Author: Ashley McCrary


  • 4 cups chopped chicken rotisserie, grilled, or baked
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon chopped
  • 3/4 cup mayo or Greek yogurt if not dairy-free
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onions
  • 3 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce I use Franks
  • 2-3 diced jalapenos seeds removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt/pepper to taste


  • Transfer the chopped chicken to a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix with a large wooden spoon until combined and creamy. 
  • 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. 
  • Enjoy!


Serving Tips

  • In a lettuce wrap with additional toppings like cheddar cheese, tomato, pickles, and more!
  • Wrapped in jicama wraps (available at Trader Joe's or slice your own fresh)
  • Stuffed in mini peppers
  • Wrapped in a coconut wrap
  • Gluten-Free Crackers (Not Keto or Whole30)
  • On top of cucumber slices
  • On a hamburger bun or bread of choice (Not Keto or Whole30

Expert Tips

  • 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.
  • Crispy Bacon: If you are using this as meal prep, don't add in the bacon. Add the crumbled cooked bacon to a separate Tupperware container. Before serving, heat the bacon up and then add it to the top of the cold salad. This will ensure the bacon doesn't get soggy as it sits in the fridge. Using it this way will give you that awesome crunch with every bite.
  • Extra Creamy: For extra creaminess, feel free to stir in ¼ cup of softened cream cheese.  
  • Toppings: You can get creative with this jalapeno popper chicken salad and add any additional toppings you like or make additional substitutions. Chives, shredded cheese, hot sauce, and more! 

Storage Tips

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Give it a good stir before serving. 


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg