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Keto Chicken Salad

This keto chicken salad is easy, creamy, and flat-out delicious! It’s a flavor-packed salad that uses only a few ingredients and clocks in at only 1 net carb per serving! 

It’s the perfect easy meal and makes it great for meal prep and when looking for a light dinner made with only a handful of ingredients.

When it comes to classic all-American salads, chicken salad is right at the top of my favorite list. Not only is it simple to make but can be customized by using homemade leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken to save time, or even canned chicken if you’re in a pinch. 

The key is to chop the pre-cooked chicken into small pieces so that your keto chicken salad can absorb all the flavors well. 

I mean, what’s not to love about being able to share a healthy chicken salad that you’ll be proud to serve?

You’re going to appreciate how fast you can make this recipe. In 20 minutes or less, you can have a family-friendly salad. That’s right, even the kids will ask for this salad! 

What keeps this salad low in carbs and keto-friendly is the use of healthy fats by using both full-fat mayonnaise and sour cream. This combination also ensures that it’s a low-carb chicken salad recipe that is moist and creamy. 

If you’re a fan of cool refreshing salads, be sure to check out our collection of keto salads, where there is something for everyone.



Keto Creamy Chicken Salad

Close up images of keto chicken salad served on bed of romaine lettuce

Keto Chicken Salad

When the weather begins to warm up and you are craving a cold, creamy salad, this is the recipe to make!

It’s perfect for BBQs, family gatherings, picnics, and potlucks! Serve it on a bed of lettuce, inside a hollowed-out tomato, or between two slices of toasted keto white bread, keto high fiber bread, or on top of cloud bread.

You can even make these to be keto chicken salad lettuce wraps by adding the low-carb chicken salad into lettuce boats. I recommend using Romain lettuce for this

How To Make Easy Keto Chicken Salad (Creamy)

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The following are all the ingredients you’ll need for a creamy chicken salad. Note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the page. 

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  • Shredded chicken breast cooked
  • Full fat mayonnaise
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • Thinly sliced celery
  • Fresh dill, two tablespoons
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Apple cider vinegar 
  • Granulated sugar substitute, tiny amount, and optional
Low Carb Chicken Salad in a White Bowl

Low Carb Chicken Salad in a White Bowl

This refreshing salad is pretty straightforward. Making it as easy as it gets. You’ll need to cook the chicken ahead of time for chicken salad as it needs time to cool completely before using.

You can either poach your chicken at least an hour beforehand or use the breast of a rotisserie chicken. If using a rotisserie chicken you should take off the skin for a classic salad. 

This recipe calls for cooked chicken breast but you can use chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat. I decided to keep things very basic for you allowing you to customize this to your preference.

The dressing is also very simple and uses a combination of mayonnaise and sour cream for extra flavor. You can even substitute the sour cream for full-fat yogurt if you prefer. In fact, you can swap out mayo entirely by using only Greek yogurt.

It offers the same creaminess of mayo and offers a little more protein. However, going this route will mean higher carbs so keep that in mind.

As far as seasonings I opted for the more commonly used, salt and black pepper and used onion powder instead of raw onions.

I like the salad dressing to be a little on the sweet side and it’s why I added a couple of teaspoons of sugar substitute.

The combo of sweetness with the tanginess of both the sour cream and apple cider vinegar makes it extra flavorful. That being said you can leave out the sweetener entirely if that’s not your preference. 

keto friendly chicken salad on a bed of greens

keto-friendly chicken salad on a bed of greens

Some Of Our Favorite Keto-Friendly Chicken Salad Add-Ins  

When it comes to add-in, the sky’s the limit. The following are some we recommend that still keep the chicken salad low in carbs.

  • Slivered almonds, 1/4 cup
  • Chopped walnuts, 1/4 
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • Green onions, 3 tablespoons
  • Chopped red onion, small 
  • Chopped pickles
  • Sunflower seeds, 3 tablespoons
  • 2 slices of chopped crispy bacon
  • Swap the apple cider vinegar for lemon juice
  • Add a teaspoon of chipotle powder for a southwestern flavor twist

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Keto creamy chicken salad served over a bed of romaine lettuce on top of a white plate

Keto Chicken Salad

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This keto chicken salad is easy, creamy, and flat-out delicious! It's a flavor-packed salad that uses only a few ingredients and clocks in at only 1 net carb per serving and it's simple to customize by adding your favorite low carb ad-ins.


Keto Chicken Salad



  1. In a medium bowl mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, sugar substitute, salt, pepper, onion powder making sure it is well combined. Set aside.


  1. Chop the celery into thin slices set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the shredded cooked chicken.
  3. To the chicken add the dressing and chopped celery. Stir until well combined.
  4. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Chicken salad is best eaten fresh and it's why I do not recommend you freeze it. Freezing can cause the dressing to seperate and change its consistency.

If you choose to add sugar substitute be sure to use half the amount indicated if using a stevia erythritol blend since it is twice as sweet.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 15gCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 1.4gProtein: 4.2g

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