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Keto Chicken Salad (Ready in 5 Minutes!)

Looking for a quick, easy-to-make chicken salad recipe that’s keto-friendly? Try this 5-Minute Keto Chicken Salad served in fresh Bibb lettuce.

white bowl of keto chicken salad

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Everyone needs a go-to chicken salad recipe, and I hope this one is yours! It requires only a few simple ingredients and is kept fresh and light with the addition of lemon juice. Serve it in Bibb lettuce for an easy-to-eat wrap!

Why You’ll Love This Keto Chicken Salad

  • It’s a quick five-minute meal, perfect for lunch or a hearty snack.
  • It’s fresh and flavorful.
  • It’s a staple recipe you’ll make time and time again!
  • The recipe can be easily multiplied for more than one serving.

Ingredients Needed for Low Carb Chicken Salad with Lemon

Ingredient quantities for this low carb chicken salad are located in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Chicken breast (can be rotisserie chicken breast, canned chicken breast, or freshly cooked chicken breast), shredded or cubed
  • Mayonnaise – see below for my favorite brand of mayonnaise!
  • Celery
  • Red onion
  • Lemon juice
  • Dried dill weed
  • Lemon zest (optional)
  • Salt and pepper (optional: lemon pepper)
  • Bibb lettuce

How to Make This Easy Keto Friendly Chicken Salad {Quick Overview}

This is just a quick overview of some of the steps involved in making the low carb chicken salad. For the recipe in detail, including exact measurements used at each step, scroll to the recipe card at the end of the post.

In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients except for the chicken.

TIPS:

  1. If you really like red onion, you can switch the recipe to: 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp celery and 3 tbsp red onion.
  2. For an extra-lemony salad, use lemon pepper instead of regular salt and pepper.
  3. This recipe makes a single serving. Feel free to increase the servings for a crowd or for keto meal prep.

overhead view of keto chicken salad ingredients in a large bowl

Add chicken (shredded or cubed) to the mixture and mix until the chicken is fully coated.

shredded chicken added to bowl of keto chicken salad recipe ingredients

Spoon into Bibb lettuce leaves.

keto chicken salad in bibb lettuce leaves on a plate

Serve and enjoy!

What is a good keto mayonnaise brand?

If you want the healthiest keto chicken salad, you should opt for a brand of mayonnaise that isn’t filled with soy oil like many popular brands, such as Primal Kitchen. I buy mine from Thrive Market (aka the Costco of Whole Foods!). Read my Thrive Market review and get a free gift with your first order!

keto thrive market items including two bottles of mayo

Is Bibb lettuce good for keto lettuce wraps?

Bibb lettuce is a soft lettuce with a buttery flavor that can be found year-round in grocery stores. The small leaves are the perfect vehicle for small keto lettuce wraps!

Is mayonnaise good for keto?

Yes, mayonnaise is a keto-friendly food that contains 0-1g net carbs depending on the brand.

That said, you will want to be mindful of the ingredients in the mayonnaise you choose. Just look at the ingredients list from this Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise:

Water, Soybean Oil, Olive Oil, Whole Eggs and Egg Yolks, Modified Potato Starch, Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sorbic Acid and Calcium Disodium EDTA (Used To Protect Quality), Natural Flavor, Paprika Extract

Yikes! Note the soybean oil (inferior quality oil), potato starch, sugar, and chemical ingredients.

Compare that to the Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise I referenced above:

Avocado Oil, Organic Eggs, Organic Egg Yolks, Organic Vinegar, Sea Salt, Organic Rosemary Extract.

What a difference, right?

My tips for consuming mayonnaise on keto:

  • When possible, opt for mayonnaise with the least amount of ingredients.
  • If you don’t have any other options (like when you’re eating keto at Burger King), use whatever mayonnaise is available since it is low in net carbs, but be mindful of your consumption.

Is Hellman’s Mayonnaise keto?

Hellman’s Mayonnaise is keto-friendly, but the less-than-ideal ingredients make it a less attractive choice than mayonnaise brands with fewer processed ingredients.

Is chicken keto approved?

Absolutely! Chicken is a wonderful food to eat on keto. Some of the most popular keto chicken recipes on this site include Keto Chicken Crust PizzaKeto Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli, and Keto Fried Rice and Chicken.

Nutrition Facts for Lemony Keto Chicken Salad

Per serving (one serving):

  • 283 calories
  • 15g fat
  • 3g protein
  • 4g net carbs

bibb lettuce leaves on a white plate containing keto chicken salad

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Keto Chicken Salad

Looking for a quick, easy-to-make chicken salad recipe that's keto-friendly? Try this Lemony Keto Chicken Salad served in fresh Bibb lettuce.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: keto chicken salad, keto chicken salad recipe, low carb chicken salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 283kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 oz rotisserie chicken breast, canned chicken breast, or freshly cooked chicken breast shredded or cubed
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp celery diced
  • 2 tbsp red onion diced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed or more to taste
  • Lemon zest to taste optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional: lemon pepper instead of regular pepper)
  • Bibb lettuce for serving

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients except chicken.
  • Add chicken and mix until chicken is fully coated.
  • Spoon into Bibb lettuce leaves.

Notes

  • If you really like red onion, you can do 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp celery and 3 tbsp red onion.
  • For an extra-lemony salad, use lemon pepper instead of regular salt and pepper.
Nutrition Facts
Keto Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 507mg22%
Potassium 508mg15%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 248IU5%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer



Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.

 

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