The easiest and most delicious chicken salad you’ll ever eat! Fine. If you love pickles and mustard. But if you’re reading this, maybe you’re curious even if you thought you didn’t… so I’m thinking…. it’s time to try! This is NUMBER ONE in my house. I’ve been asked politely never to let it run out! Ha.
In the summer, when nobody wants to turn on the oven if we can avoid it, I love having recipes on hand that don’t require actual cooking. This definitely fits the bill!
Although I don’t know a time of year where I don’t appreciate a recipe that doesn’t require actual cooking. Just saying.
It seems like everyone has their own version of chicken salad. I’ve seen and tried a lot of them through the years. I’ve decided I prefer a simple recipe with ingredients that I always have on hand. And of course never packed with mayo … because PURPOSE DEFEATED.
It’s kind of a chicken salad meets egg salad. And I know the hard boiled eggs will throw off a few of you, but I love the addition! If you don’t, feel free to swap for 75 grams of additional chicken. If you’re a macro-counter, it’s only going to change the macros by +2 protein, -2 fat per serving. For me, the combination of the chicken, hard-boiled eggs, celery, green onions, dill, and sweet pickles is SO ADDICTING. It’s fresh and crunchy, and tangy and sweet. I double it of course, and my girls, Ross, and I all fight for whatever makes it past day-one!
How to Make Pickle Chicken Salad
Here’s what you need for the bulk of this pickle chicken salad:
- Rotisserie chicken breast (or other cooked chicken breast)
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Celery or fennel
- Dill pickles
- Green onion
- Sweet relish
- Fresh dill
Chop, shred and combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. If I’m using rotisserie chicken that doesn’t have a ton of flavor, I like to heat it up in a pan (for JUST a minute) and season it with salt, pepper, and maybe a little garlic before adding it to my recipe. A super quick, hot sear kind of brings it back to life and takes away any weird store-bought rotisserie texture, without giving it that re-cooked poultry flavor. Nobody wants their chicken salad tasting like it’s reheated leftovers. (Even if it is! That’s your secret to keep.)
Once you have the bulk of your pickle chicken salad tossed together, it’s time to make the dressing. For that you will need the following ingredients:
- Low-fat mayo (I used Hellmans at 3.5 fat per Tbsp)
- Non-fat Greek yogurt
- Red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk the ingredients together and add them to the pickle chicken salad in a large bowl. If you want to tweak the macros on the dressing and use all Greek yogurt, go for it! You’ll save a little fat and add a little more protein to your salad. But not much. It’s up to you. Either way you make it will be delicious.
Once it’s mixed I like to serve this pickle chicken salad on rice cakes, corn thins, crackers, or even on a sandwich. As an ever lighter snack, we love it in jicama tortillas (just super thin sliced jicama rounds we find at Trader Joe’s) or wrapped in lettuce. It’s great stuffed in pitas with tons of sprouts and extra mustard! This is making me hungry.
It’s so versatile and everyone in my family loves to have this on hand for snacking. (Ok four of us.) If you count your macros, you know it’s so nice to have snacks around that you know will balance out your carbs, fats, and proteins just perfectly without much thought. This one’s a winner.
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Pickle Chicken Salad
- 2 cups rotisserie chicken breast * (or other cooked chicken) (300 g)
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped (75 g)
- 1 ½ cup celery, chopped fine (150 g) fennel works too
- 1 ½ cup dill pickles, chopped (200 g)
- ½ cup green onion, chopped (60 g)
- ¼ cup sweet relish (60 g)
- 2-3 Tbsp dill, chopped (8 g)
- 2 Tbsp low-fat mayo (30 g)
- 3 Tbsp non-fat Greek yogurt (45 g)
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar (15 g)
- 1 Tbsp mustard (15 g)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients from chicken to dill.
- Make a quick dressing by whisking Mayo, Greek yogurt, vinegar, and mustard. Mix dressing in salad and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Eat on rice cakes, corn thins, crackers… wrapped in lettuce or build a sandwich!
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Love this and love the honesty about the prepackage Costco chicken. 😂
This recipe is amazing! This recipe is just so flavorful. I must admit, when my husband requested a chicken salad with Dill pickles, I thought he was crazy; nope, with the recipe, he was right on target!! I ended up just boiling two chicken breasts and used those to make a second batch. Also, as I purchased cherry greek yogurt by mistake, I substituted 2 Tb of Sour Cream and 1 mayo instead of the greek yogurt. It was delicious.
Hi! I am starting to count macros and wondering if you ever use one of the full Costco rotisserie chickens – if so, I’m curious as to how to accurately get that nutritional info (I always take skin off but not sure about calculating the rest in recipes). Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Hi!! We love this recipe. question for you – can you freeze this if you don’t eat it all?
The best high protein snack or lunch! Absolutely delicious. A staple in my house every week.
This is a great recipe! I’ve made enormous batches 2 weeks in a row and my family devours it within a couple of days.
In the new macro cookbook the two hard boiled eggs are left out of the recipe do you have a reason for that or was it just a typo?
Yeah that one’s my dairy and egg free version! Slightly different simpler recipe
My family loves this, it’s so yummy! I tripled the recipe today because everyone kept asking for it again.
Good recipe, I think next time I will make with Dijon mustard and add some jalapeños or something else with spice.
I wanted to add to my comment, my 22 month old eats this by the handful!
This is healthy and delicious eating- you WANT to eat!!
I’ve been making a variation of this recipe weekly for over a year now, so I figured it was time to write a review! At work I only have access to a fridge, no microwave, so I need something that can be eaten cold. I started with Kale Kouture’s dill chicken salad, then moved over to this recipe of Lillie’s. It’s so easy to make on Sunday’s to have a week of lunches ready to go!
I could eat this all day, every day (and I do when I have it in my fridge)! So yummy and perfect for a quick snack or meal!
Love the flavor of this delicious salad! My husband took it for lunch the last two days and just texted me this:
“We never need to find another chicken salad recipe
Let’s stick with this one forever.”
Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!
Absolutely delicious! Substituted the greek yogurt with Kite Hill dairy free unflavored yogurt and came out just as great.
I was honestly really skeptical of this recipe, but oh my gosh it’s amazing. I made it using the dairy free substitute mentioned on IG. I’ve made this 2 weeks in a row for meal prep and the whole family is a fan 🙌🏻
If we just hate Mayo can we leave it out? And any subs for relish for those avoiding sugar
This recipe is so amazing! It’s a weekly staple in our house. I usually make a double batch and I still don’t understand how we always run out of it. It’s that good!
delicious spin on chicken salad
Yum! Skipped the relish and used a tsp of dried dill because that was what I had. So good and lots of it!
Went to three stores today and cannot find green onion/scallion anywhere local. I have all the other ingredients- is it still worth making or should I wait to find the green onion? Thanks!
About how long will this keep in the fridge?
Reminds me so much of my mom’s potato salad, but a carb friendly option! Love it! Perfect option to pack for lunch.
Unique and a great option to mix it up! Don’t forget the eggs-I did at first and it was even better when they were added.
Amazing! On repeat always but even more so come summer!!
The best! Crave this chicken salad and eat it all week for lunch.
Made this last night for the first time! I don’t even like relish and I loved this!
I literally just made this today and it was so quick, easy and delicious!!! I replaced celery with snap peas because I hate celery, but still wanted that extra crunch. My husband and I both had second helpings!
Just made this for the first time last night. I made the Df version and it was amazing. Full of flavor and crazy good macros. Easy to store in the fridge too. One of those that keeps getting better AS the week goes on.
yes – i was a little nervous about all the pickles, but let me tell you…once it sits and marinates a little, it is absolutely delicious! i cannot get enough of it. ate it on some rice cakes and i cannot wait to make it again even though i ate it all week! Yummy!
Made this week!!! aaamazing!!!
Easiest recipe and best lunch by far. I love it over greens, with kale, on a rice cake, or in a pita. It’s so good and everyone I serve it to loves it just as much!
Always been a pickle fan. This is perfect! So, so good and easy.
This is a winner. I made the dairy free Version and it is my absolu favorite!
I make this weekly! Perfect to have in the fridge aS a quick snack or lunch & it tastes great all Week! Love it!!
Best thing have on hand as a busy mom! You want to make it over and over
The best chicken salad EVER!
A staple in our house now. Sooooo good
I am OBSESSED with this chicken salad! It’s so fresh, salty, tangy and peRfect. It’s a protein-packed way to gEt my salt fix. I love! If yOu like pickles, Its a must-try.
Truly the best. I didnt think i would like it but i decided to take the plunge and make it and im so glad i did! now i make it weekly! Sometimes i dont have all of the INGREDIENTS and its still good someHow.
In my top 3 lillie recipes (chili mac and squash oats are the other two). Incredibly addictive. Everyone ive made it for has lOved. I don’t Even like mustard and reliSh so thought i would hate but im obsessed.
A lunch Favorite! So yummy and flavorful! I find myself stopping by the FriDge for a bite THROUGHOUT the DAy 🙂
So savorY and good!
This recipe is amazing! Crunchy, tangy, and just plain DELICIOUS. IT is a must To make.
Love this one. So quick and easy. Love the Pickle fLavor With the crunchY veggies. I prep a big batch on sunday and Portion it out for lunch all week.
Just made this! Didnt think id Like the eggs… but, lillie knows her stufF! Favorite new chicken Salad recIpe!
Also, her aDvise on how to liven up the coStco ROTISSERIE chicken (that i was sketched out about) was super helpful!!
This is so good, so easy to make and it makes a Lot! i take it to work with me foR my lunches for the week.
love! Easy to make & easy to take for lunchEs and snacks.
This is my absolute Go to recipe for lunches. My family eats it on bread, wraps, salads, or just On ItS own. 10/10 RECOMMEND.
One of my all time go-to lunches. I’m just sad i didn’t have this recipe when I was pregnant.
ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and very macro friendly. 100% recommend.
So delicious! I dream about this chicken salad.
Just made this and it is delicious!! Super easy and wow, what a serving size 🙂
Glad I came upon you on Insta. Thanks for all your work
This is a family favorite. We double it and eat it all week! So good!
I was a little skeptical, but I love chicken salad and egg salad. Fantastic! I love this and it will help keep me on track for easy, macro friendly lunches. Great on corn thins!
Delicious!! You really can’t go wrong with any LEAT recipes!!
Me and my parents are obsessed with this. It’s so good. Have made it multiple times now.
This was so good. I’m not a big fan of the ingredients individually but together it was so delicious and the balance of flavors was perfect. Will definitely make again.
We double or triple this recipe every time! So good!!!
Such a great chicken salad! I make it to snack on all the time!
LOOOOOVE this salad in a pita! I made a double batch (should have been a triple, ha) and then sent it to all my friends. It’s amazing and such a huge portion for little macros.
Wasn’t so sure but after making it I can see why it is a weekly necessity! It’s an easy grab out of the fridge and a delicious meal or snack. First recipe I’ve tried of yours which makes me excited to try everything else you’ve got on here. 😘👌🏻
So yummy and so simple! Perfect thing to have for lunches and snacks all week long!
I make this at least once a week! It’s one of our favorites. I omit the sweet relish because I absolutely hate that trash pickle other than that I keep everything as the recipe calls for.
I’m not a fan of pickles at all but I tried this recipe because I love chicken salad and wow, SO GOOD!
So good!!! Great for meal prep!
I made this tonight and wish I hadn’t planned it for dinner because I wanted to keep it all for myself! DELICIOUS!!
This is a winner!! Great to keep in fridge and have for easy lunches on a hot summer day when you do not want to cook. Also a great dish to bring to gatherings, all my girlfriends raved how delicious it was. Splurge on some really good refrigerated pickles, the shelf pickles always feel soggy to me.
***I noticed when you choose a multiplier for the recipe it changes the cups measurement, but it doesn’t update the grams…keep an eye out if you are making a larger portion.
Genius. I crave this — always.
Soooo good! I kept seeing people making this and raving. I figured there was no way it could live up to the hype! It absolutely did!
Soo good. On rotation every week!!
Ok I was a little skeptic of this recipe. Like…a pickle chicken salad? Uhh what. Haha BUT it was so good!! And refreshing and the perfect amount of savory and salty and even a little sweet? (Must have been the sweet relish?) definitely want to make again. It was so easy to put on a sandwich or make it into a wrap!
I’ve made this 3 times now in the past three weeks because it really is THAT GOOD. So yummy and it always fits my macros so well! Perfect amount of dill. I’ve even made it with canned chicken because I happened to have some on hand and it was still super yummy. Which reminds me, I need to get more celery because I’m out of pickle chicken salad. Lol
So good!!! My new favorite!
LOVED this recipe. Added some extra greek yogurt. Can’t wait to make it again!!
Ii don’t like pickles in my food so I’m not sure what made me want to try this recipe – maybe how much Lillie raves about it? But I made it and now I make it once a week. It is unbelievably delicious. It’s light and fresh and tasty. I leave the relish out – I just can’t do relish- and make it with egg whites only – but it’s still AMAZING! Even if you think it’s not something you’d be into – just try it.
Loved it! Make this today – you won’t regret it!
I LOVE chicken salad. This recipe put chicken salad OVER THE TOP! This was absolutely delicious! Will be making regularly. SO GOOD!!! My husband was blown away by it too! He loved it! So much flavor. I did Sub most of the dill pickles for bread and butter pickles so I used A regular relish instead of a sweet relish! Seriously, it was amazing!!
So so yummy!! I’ve had it 2 weeks in a row and I can’t get enough!
This was delicious!
Easy and delicious! The first time I made it I ate it for 3 days in a row. I loved it on some Chips with some extra jalapeño mustard. Soooo good! Definitely added to the lunch rotation.
So easy to make and truly, DELICIOUS! I added a tablespoon of pickle juice as I like things extra salty and pickle-y. Yum!
Staple lunch prep! I love how versatile this is – you can have it with crackers, in a wrap, in a sandwich or even piled on a bunch of greens. And it’s foolproof, you can totally eyeball most of it and it comes out amazing every time!
This was soo tasty! Loved all the flavors! Tried with rotisserie chicken and leftover grilled chicken I had in the fridge and both ways were delicious! I’ve also tried with dill pickles and bread and butter pickles. I love how you can change little things but the base still stays the same! Every way is good!
So easy and delicious!
I have made this two weeks in a row with grilled chicken and it is incredible! I love that she puts the weights so I don’t have to dirty any extra dishes I just use my scale for each item. So so much easier! Make this!!! You won’t regret it!
I love this recipe. It’s got great flavor with out making you feel guilty. It is perfect to make a batch of for the week for quick and easy lunches. I make it Sunday and it’s still good on Friday. If I say I have made it 3 out of the last 4 weeks for lunch, I’m not lying. You must make this.
Huge fan of egg salad and chicken salad so to have the two combined is 🤯 amazing!!!
This is SO flavorful! It will definitely become a lunch staple. So delicious!
This chicken salad is ADDICTING! It’s to die for and tastes even better the next day. I eat it by the spoonful, on top of cucumber slices, and in lettuce wraps.
I am not one for a lot of chopping or ingredients I don’t have in my fridge, but WOW! It’s like the ultimate chicken salad with potato salad vibes. I hate to admit I eat it for lunch and dinner because it’s just sooo refreshing!
I made this for my husband’s lunches and he said it was the most delicious lunch I’ve ever packed him! He also asked me if I got the recipe from his mom (who lives in russia). Apparently this is just like the chicken salad his mom made him growing up. Lol. Thanks for making my husband happy and nostalgic!
This was so yummy!! I didn’t have Greek yogurt on hand so just left it out (no substitution) and I had to use canned chicken since that’s all we had, but I used your pan fry trick on it and it came out great!! I’m loving it with crackers, in a lettuce wrap, or just with a spoon out of the bowl.
Oh. My. Gosh. Just made a double batch for the first time and SO glad I did. This seriously was the best chicken salad EVER! Even my kids loved it!! Thank you so much!!