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16 Best Chicken Salad Recipes to Make for Lunch

FEBRUARY 20, 2023
16 Best Chicken Salad Recipes to Make for Lunch
If you’re looking for something light and delicious to make for lunch, chicken salad is always a great option. Not only is it convenient and easy to make, but you can also make a variety of different flavors with it. We’ve put together a collection of 16 of the best chicken salad recipes that you can make for lunch. From classic chicken salads to more creative recipes, including ones with grapes or bacon, or one even served in an avocado! And the best part? There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking to put it on a sandwich, wrap, or just eat it on it's own. So let’s get cooking!
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Grilled Chicken Mango Salad with Mango Cilantro Dressing

Grilled Chicken Mango Salad with Mango Cilantro Dressing is loaded with cucumbers, peppers, avocado and has a crazy good dressing that doubles up as a marinade!  Best summer salad ever!
2
7,349
12
25 min
TOTAL TIME
646
CALORIES
$2.42
PER SERVING
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Grilled Chicken Mango Salad with Mango Cilantro Dressing
Modern Crumb

Easy and Healthy Asian Chicken Salad

A super simple and healthy asian chicken salad to fill you up this summer. Filled with carrots, cabbage, pineapple, cucumber, green onion, romaine, edamame, peanuts and tender chicken.
160
40 min
TOTAL TIME
928
CALORIES
$6.13
PER SERVING
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Easy and Healthy Asian Chicken Salad
Primavera Kitchen

Chopped Chicken Salad

This healthy chopped chicken salad is a great way to bring all the flavors of spring and summer to your table. It makes a great fresh lunch and is easy to use as a meal prep recipe.
1
609
17
33 min
TOTAL TIME
362
CALORIES
$1.83
PER SERVING
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Chopped Chicken Salad
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Chelsea's Messy Apron

Mexican Avocado Chicken Salad

This Mexican-flavor inspired Avocado Chicken Salad is healthy and packed with delicious flavors!
2,811
39
1 hr 25 min
TOTAL TIME
880
CALORIES
$2.38
PER SERVING
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Mexican Avocado Chicken Salad
I am homesteader

Strawberry Chicken Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad is mouthwatering summer concoction of chicken, freshly picked strawberries, creamy goat cheese, spinach, crisp red onions, and cucumbers covered in a light and refreshing balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
10,976
3,620
25 min
TOTAL TIME
730
CALORIES
$4.16
PER SERVING
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Strawberry Chicken Salad
Well Plated

Whole30 Chicken Salad

Waldorf-style Whole30 Chicken Salad recipe with chicken, grapes, celery and almonds in an easy tahini dressing. Simple, delicious, and great for lunches!
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14,750
360
20 min
TOTAL TIME
272
CALORIES
$1.41
PER SERVING
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Whole30 Chicken Salad
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Cooklist AI

Delightful Dill Pickle Chicken Salad on Croissants

Enjoy a savory and refreshing dill pickle chicken salad served on buttery croissants, alongside the lightly spiced touch of arugula. This dish is perfect for picnics, lunches or brunch!
5
15 min
TOTAL TIME
637
CALORIES
$3.20
PER SERVING
Delightful Dill Pickle Chicken Salad on Croissants
Directions
8 STEPS
1
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, dill pickle juice, ground black pepper, kosher salt, dried dill, and garlic powder.
2
Add chopped cooked chicken, chopped dill pickles, and thinly sliced green onions to the bowl.
3
Stir well until all ingredients are combined and chicken is well-coated.
4
Carefully slice each croissant in half horizontally.
5
Place a small handful of arugula on the bottom half of each croissant.
6
Scoop a generous portion of chicken salad onto the arugula-covered croissants.
7
Top with the remaining croissant half and press gently.
8
Serve immediately, or wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Emily Bites

Buffalo Chicken Salad

This easy, healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad makes a filling and flavorful lunch!
5
1,956
55
15 min
TOTAL TIME
376
CALORIES
$1.51
PER SERVING
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Buffalo Chicken Salad
The Paleo Running Momma

Guacamole Chicken Salad {Paleo, Whole30, Keto}

Since guacamole and chicken salad are two of our favorite things, I decided it was time to combine them! This guacamole chicken salad is mayo-free, packed with flavor, protein, and perfect for easy lunches! It’s paleo, Whole30 compliant and keto friendly, too.
42
4,439
336
285
CALORIES
$1.09
PER SERVING
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Guacamole Chicken Salad {Paleo, Whole30, Keto}
Yummy Addiction

Cranberry Chicken Salad on Apple Slices

Enjoy a light and healthy meal with this easy Cranberry Chicken Salad on Apple Slices. Start with cooked chicken, diced apples and celery, then add a creamy dressing of mayonnaise, cranberry sauce and a hint of lemon juice. Serve this salad atop sliced apples for a crunchy, sweet and savory dish tha...
11
50,047
279
10 min
TOTAL TIME
272
CALORIES
$1.14
PER SERVING
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Cranberry Chicken Salad on Apple Slices
Downshiftology

Ultimate Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken salad is a classic salad recipe with diced chicken, creamy mayonnaise, crisp celery, green onion, sweet grapes, and fresh herbs. Watch the video below to see how I make it!
289
25 min
TOTAL TIME
601
CALORIES
$1.65
PER SERVING
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Ultimate Chicken Salad Recipe
Best Recipe Box

Avocado Chicken Salad w/ Bacon

See post above for video making the Avocado Chicken Salad with Bacon. This is great on a greens for a salad, in sandwiches, or on toasted bread or crackers for appetizers.
3
1,037
60
15 min
TOTAL TIME
323
CALORIES
$1.64
PER SERVING
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Avocado Chicken Salad w/ Bacon
The Little Pine

Keto Chicken Salad

Make this EASY keto chicken salad recipe because you’re tired of plain low carb salads for lunch, or because it’s SO creamy, delicious, and versatile that it never gets old! Serve it over avocado for a total WIN!
1
4,839
114
20 min
TOTAL TIME
311
CALORIES
$0.76
PER SERVING
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Keto Chicken Salad
Hungry Healthy Happy

BBQ Chicken Salad

This BBQ Chicken Salad is simple, delicious and comes together in minutes – a wonderful summer salad bowl!
42
2
1
5 min
TOTAL TIME
914
CALORIES
$6.83
PER SERVING
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BBQ Chicken Salad
Slender Kitchen

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

The best Mediterranean inspired healthy chicken salad with black olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, roasted red peppers, and dill in a creamy Greek yogurt dressing. Easy and delicious.
7
54,265
89
15 min
TOTAL TIME
330
CALORIES
$1.88
PER SERVING
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Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Well Plated

Curry Chicken Salad

This Curry Chicken Salad with Greek yogurt and grapes is healthy, protein-packed, and versatile! Use it for a sandwich, salad, wrap, and more!
5
386
4
25 min
TOTAL TIME
264
CALORIES
$1.13
PER SERVING
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Curry Chicken Salad
The Little Pine

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Rotisserie chicken salad is a full-flavored, protein packed and intensely delicious lunch that comes together in 20 minutes flat!
5
47,917
65
20 min
TOTAL TIME
254
CALORIES
$0.83
PER SERVING
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Rotisserie Chicken Salad
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