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Low Carb Chicken Salad

As the temperature rises outside, I crave cool, light meals to keep me going through the heat. This low carb chicken salad is perfect for spring, and I’ll keep making it all summer long. And, because I’m making it myself, I don’t have to worry about hidden added sugars and salt. Thanks to Eat Keto Drink Vino for this easy peasy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skinned and shredded
  • 3 stalks of celery, washed and diced small
  • 2/3 cup mayo (I use Dukes mayo. Only Dukes.)
  • 1/4 cup crushed pecans
  • Paprika, salt, and pepper to taste (optional)
  • Fresh baby spinach or lettuce for serving

Directions:

  • Remove the skin of the chicken and shred chicken with your fingers. Place in a bowl.
  • Wash and chop the celery. I prefer a small dice.
  • Add mayo, pecans, and seasonings
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to marry. (I added this step, but if you want to eat your salad immediately, go right ahead.)
  • Serve over a bed of fresh baby spinach or lettuce.

Nutritional Information: per serving, recipe makes 8 generous portions

  • Calories – 205
  • Fat – 14 grams
  • Carbs – 2 net grams
  • Protein – 18 grams

The above nutritional information is calculated using both white and dark meat chicken. Using only breast meat would lower the calorie count. But, if you make the original recipe and serve atop 2 cups of spinach with half a tablespoon of olive oil and squeeze of lemon juice, you will have a satisfying lunch of under 300 calories! Winner, winner chicken dinner!

Tip Time!

Tip #1: I cannot bear to eat plain, dry spinach. So, to up the flavor rating of this recipe I toss my spinach with a squeeze of lemon juice, drizzle of olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper.

Tip #2: To lower the calorie count in this chicken salad, use only the breast meat of chicken. Many grocery stores have started selling packages of shredded rotisserie chicken breast meat. I buy a large package, use what I need for whatever I’m making that day, then freeze the rest for later.

Tip #3: Any of you who’ve read several of my posts know that I can be pretty lazy when it comes to clean up, meaning I use as few dishes as possible so that my kitchen isn’t a disaster when it’s time to eat. So, I love the fact that the cook at Eat Keto Drink Vino prepares her chicken salad in the container she will keep and serve it in. That’s my kind of cooking! These glass containers with lids are perfect for the task.

Now, I’m off to the grocer for rotisserie chicken. I’ve a serious craving that needs to be answered!

Happy eating, my friends!



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