Salads are always convenient if you want a swift nibble to eat. They are simple to make and can be put in the fridge for later. Just cut up your fruit and salad and they will be only a grab away when you’re feeling lazy!
Low Carb Chicken Salad is my favorite to make. It can be a quick snack, lunch and sometimes dinner, and I can put anything I like in it. When it comes to salads, “anything goes” with me.
Do you have your own low carb chicken salad mix recipe? Care to share it with me?
How To Make Low Carb Chicken Salad
Once you learn to pick your favorite ingredients and mix them with a homemade dressing, there’s nothing to stop you from inventing more salads. Make big batches and then store them in small portions in the fridge, so you can enjoy the delicious salad for a few days.
What Do You Need For This Basic Tutorial?
The measurements I have given are for my personal taste, but you can experiment and make mixes that suit your own taste!
- 1-kilogram chicken breasts, preferably boneless and skinless. If you use leftovers, you’ll save more prep time.
- 4 finely chopped celery stalks.
- 1 cup mayonnaise.
- ¼ tsp. of iodized salt.
- A dash of pepper to taste.
- Your favorite spices (I use peppers, onions, and pickles here).
- Bowls for the chicken and mayo mix.
- Colander for draining the chicken.
This whole recipe can be made in just 5 minutes and serves 6-8 people, giving you 1-gram of carb in each portion.
- If you don’t have any leftovers, boil the chicken breasts for half an hour. Use water or chicken broth. Cover it well. You can tell the chicken is done when it’s solid and evenly white.
- Take the chicken out, place it in a colander and set it aside to drip and cool down.
- Shred the chicken breasts into small pieces in a bowl. The size is up to you, but I like tiny shreds.
- Pour the chopped celery into the shredded chicken and blend them well.
- Mix the mayonnaise, pepper, and salt in a separate bowl. Blend them well.
- Place a scoop of mayonnaise mixture into the chicken mix and blend them well. Add more if you want and make sure everything is coated.
- Put it all in the fridge to chill. It’s super yummy to eat cold.
- Serve it garnished with lettuce or some of your favorite fruit. Enjoy!
It won’t take very long to master making this low carb chicken salad by using the basic steps above. You can also be more adventurous and mix in things like cheese, ham, fruit and various vegetables to create your own style. I wouldn’t call mine the best, as I know you will like it your own way. I guess all of our recipes are original!
Some Tips For The Best Chicken Salad
- The chicken can be sliced, cubed or put in whole. In fact, whichever you like.
- If you don’t have any leftovers and don’t have time to boil the chicken, grab a can of chicken from the grocery. It will taste fine.
- Some like to roast, fry, or even microwave their chicken. Which way do you prefer?
- Eat it directly, using a fork, or wrap it up with lettuce for a healthier style of eating.
- You can make the salad in advance, store in the fridge, and then serve it later with anything you like. It could be bread, feta or pasta.
- Using chicken broth when boiling the chicken gives the meat more flavor.
- Celery releases water when it cooks and can make the salad a little watery, so add a little mayo into the mix if this happens. Adding the celery at the end can also help.
- Poaching makes your chicken juicier, moist and easily shreddable.
- If you want to add vegetables, use crunchy ones like celery and cucumbers, as they won’t get mushy.
- Add more crunch by tossing in some nuts! Chop them into an easily chewable size.
- To improve the presentation, scoop portions of the salad inside hollowed peppers or pumpkins and then arrange them in an array over the banquet table.
Are you ready to step up? I know you have new ideas about how to give low carb chicken salad more flavor. How do you like to eat it? Here’s a list of different ways you can eat it! Let’s give it a bit of a twist. Take your pick!
- Chicken Salad Sandwich – A simple sandwich will do with this filling, but some prefer to use toasted wholewheat bread. Add lettuce, some green onions and a big slice of tomato to make it juicier!
- Chicken Salad Pita Pockets – Wholewheat Pita pockets with a chicken salad filling are healthy, satisfying, crunchy and simple. This is great for midnight snacks. There’s more green and less meat!
- Chicken Salad Tacos – These tasty tacos are simple to make, just add taco seasoning and scoop up the chicken salad for your filling. Top it with chopped tomatoes, onions, olives, or shredded cheese.
- Chicken Salad Burritos – This is a great alternative to a sandwich that you can eat for dinner or breakfast. Fresh chicken breast has more flavor than the canned variety. Add some crunchy cucumber!
- Fruity Chicken Salad – It’s fun to add your favorite fruits and you can easily prepare it all in advance. Store the salad in your fridge and cut up your favorite fruits, so they’ll still be fresh and crunchy when you need them. In this recipe, apple cubes are added.
- Chicken Salad Pasta – Planning a big party? Chicken Pasta Salad is a great meal for a large number of guests. The pasta is a good filler as it will give your friends a hearty meal. You can use the basic low carb chicken salad recipe and mix it with your favorite pasta.
Adjust the mayonnaise mix to get the right consistency. Make sure you add plenty of dressing as the pasta will absorb it. Add some pineapples and other fruits of your choice for a fruity taste, then sprinkle with your favorite cheese!
- Chicken Salad with Crackers – If I feel playful, I use crackers to pick up my salad rather than a fork. Try it out, it’s fun! Crackers are lighter than bread, crunchy and full of flavor. I call it chicken salad on the run!
A simple Low Carb Chicken Salad recipe is tasty, but it will shine even more if you doll it up. So garnish it with more ingredients or serve it with alternatives. This will make the meal more vibrant and never boring.
Play with the ingredients, experiment, discover and then share your adventures. Chicken salads are flexible. They can be a main dish, quick snacks or served as appetizers. Mix them with everything you like. That’s what salads are for!
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