If you’re wondering what the heck to do with that can of chicken in your pantry, look not further than this absolutely delicious canned chicken salad recipe!
Covered in a creamy mayonnaise dressing, mixed with red onions and crunchy pickles, and sprinkled with fresh dill — this healthy canned chicken salad recipe is so tasty, it’s about to become the only chicken salad you’ll ever want to eat again!
So grab your cooked chicken (pst, it doesn’t have to be canned), and let’s get mixin’ this dill pickle canned chicken salad recipe!
How to Make A Canned Chicken Salad Recipe
Before we delve into the ingredients for this specific canned chicken salad recipe, I’d like to mention that using canned chicken to make chicken salad doesn’t require a canned chicken salad recipe…
…In fact, by simply draining the chicken and absorbing as much liquid as you can, you can use any chicken salad recipe you fancy! Easy as that.
Dill Pickle Keto Chicken Salad Ingredients
Keto chicken salad is my go to low carb meal prep for work week lunches — so instead of making a boring traditional chicken salad every week, I like to mix it up with yummy add in’s and variations.
Which is exactly how this recipe came to be. I mean seriously guys, can you think of anything tastier to add to a canned chicken salad recipe than fresh dill and crunchy pickles? Me neither…
Low Carb Chicken Salad Variations
This dill pickle canned chicken salad recipe wasn’t the low carb chicken salad you were looking for? Have no fear, chicken salad is super easy to whip up without following every word of a recipe.
As far as I’m concerned, every canned chicken salad recipe should include 4 main components:
I’ll be using canned chicken — feel free to use whatever cooked chicken you have available. TBH, this canned chicken salad recipe tastes every bit as delicious with leftover chicken breast, or rotisserie chicken.
Making a Rotisserie Chicken Salad
Rotisserie chicken is one of the tastiest foods on the low carb shopping list! To use rotisserie chicken for a rotisserie chicken salad, simply discard the skin and bones, and take all the meat off the chicken. Toss it into your chicken salad and you’ll fall in love with the juicy flavor it adds!
Use a handful of low carb vegetables or low carb nuts to achieve that crispy crunch! In this recipe we’ll use pickles, red onions and celery. If you’d like a little more crunch, try pumpkin seeds or sliced almonds. If you aren’t sticking to low carb food, make a canned chicken salad recipe with apples or canned chicken salad recipe with grapes!
The Crunch in Basic Chicken Salad Recipe
If you’re looking for a basic chicken salad recipe, celery and blanched almonds are what is most traditionally used.
This canned chicken salad recipe wouldn’t be chicken salad if it wasn’t coated in something creamy! Traditional chicken salad recipes use mayonnaise to achieve that consistency, but if you’d rather a canned chicken salad recipe no mayo, here are some other options:
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Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
My personal favorite is Greek yogurt chicken salad. Low carb Greek yogurt is a high protein low carb food, that tastes every bit as delicious as mayo in this canned chicken salad recipe. Plus you’ll feel less guilty while gobbling it up! Greek yogurt will add more protein and carbs to the mix, while cutting down on the fat tremendously.
Avocado Chicken Salad
I know it may seem crazy, but avocado chicken salad is every bit as creamy as the mayonnaise-y stuff! Plus avocados add a ton of fiber and health fats to this canned chicken salad recipe, win win!
#4 Herbs + Spices
Your canned chicken salad recipe is a great way to get creative with spices! Aside from the dill in this recipe, I kept the add-ins pretty basic due to the funkiness of the other ingredients. Mix and match as you see fit…
Curried Chicken Salad
My favorite spices to add to chicken salad are cumin and curry — although I don’t suggest adding them to this canned chicken salad recipe! Curried chicken salad tastes best with almonds, celery and raisins.
Once you’ve got those four bases covered, you can add whatever you like! From canned chicken salad recipe with eggs to tabasco — your canned chicken salad recipe, your rules!
Canned Chicken Salad Recipe
There you have it friends, the tastiest way to use canned chicken is in this canned chicken salad recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, leave me a comment below and let me know whatcha think!
Canned Chicken Salad Recipe
- 3 Cups Canned Chicken drained and dry, can substitute for cooked, shredded chicken
- 1 Cup Dill Pickles chopped
- 1 Cup Red Onion finely chopped
- 4 Celery Stalks finely chopped
- 1 Cup Greek Yogurt or mayonnaise
- 1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Dill chopped
- Make sure your canned chicken is drained and completely dry.
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.
- Store in the fridge, and serve with butter lettuce, or on sandwiches.
- You can use whatever type of cooked chicken you prefer.
- If eating low carb foods, make sure your pickles don’t have sugar added!
- I prefer the taste of Greek yogurt to mayonnaise, to save some carbs, use mayonnaise.