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.

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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.

This salad is perfect for anyone who needs a quick, macro friendly meal option! www.lillieeatsandtells.com

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

You won't believe how easy this pickle chicken salad is! www.lillieeatsandtells.com

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.)

This pickle chicken salad is a staple at my house. www.lillieeatsandtells.com

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
  • Mustard
  • 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.

The flavors of this salad come together perfectly. www.lillieeatsandtells.com

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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I love serving this pickle chicken salad with corn thins, crackers, or even a croissant! www.lillieeatsandtells.com

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This pickle chicken salad is a staple at my house. www.lillieeatsandtells.com

Pickle Chicken Salad

A quick and easy chicken salad that fits your macros with the perfect amount of crunch!
4.98 from 76 votes
Cuisine American, Healthy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 200 kcal

Disclaimer: the grams I’ve listed manually after each ingredient are accurate for a single recipe, but they will not multiply if you choose the 2x or 3x option. Please make sure and multiply on your own!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

Chicken: If you’re using some yummy seasoned grilled chicken etc, chop it up and throw it in your bowl and call it good! But if I’m using the pre-packaged rotisserie chicken breast from Costco (which I would never want to eat plain), I like to shred and chop a bit, removing any gross parts. Then I heat a pan super hot, season the chicken with a GOOD pinch of kosher salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and throw it in the pan undisturbed for just a minute. Toss and leave for about 30 more seconds and remove from heat. You don’t want it tasting like re-cooked poultry! You just kind of want to bring it to life with flavor and improved texture. If you do this, transfer to a plate and pop in the fridge to cool while you prep your veggies. It will shrink a tiny bit while cooking, so  you’ll probably end up with about 265 grams of chicken… but the macros are the same as the original 300 g of rotisserie chicken breast so don’t let it confuse you!
Mayo: I just used the low-fat labeled 3.5 fat per Tbsp. If you’d rather use all Greek yogurt, go for it! One portion will have 1.5 less fat, and almost 1 more gram of protein. No biggie.
I made a couple of TINY changes to this recipe after posting on my IG page. Just added a little more pickles, celery, and Greek yogurt to stretch the portion and macros just a hair. 
This keeps great in the fridge for at least 3-4 days. We’ll eat it all week if it lasts!
Search MFP: “Lillie Eats and Tells Pickle Chicken Salad”
 

Nutrition

Serving: 230gFiber: 1.4gCalories: 200kcalFat: 6.6gProtein: 24.4gCarbohydrates: 8.2g
Keywords chicken, pickle, rotisserie chicken breast, salad

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  1. 5 stars
    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!

  2. 5 stars
    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!

  3. 5 stars
    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!

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Substituted the greek yogurt with Kite Hill dairy free unflavored yogurt and came out just as great.

  5. 5 stars
    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 🙌🏻

  6. 5 stars
    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!

  7. 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!

  8. 5 stars
    Reminds me so much of my mom’s potato salad, but a carb friendly option! Love it! Perfect option to pack for lunch.

  9. 4 stars
    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.

  10. 5 stars
    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!

  11. 5 stars
    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.

  12. 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!

  13. 5 stars
    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!

  14. 5 stars
    I make this weekly! Perfect to have in the fridge aS a quick snack or lunch & it tastes great all Week! Love it!!

  15. 5 stars
    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.

  16. 5 stars
    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.

  17. 5 stars
    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.

  18. 5 stars
    A lunch Favorite! So yummy and flavorful! I find myself stopping by the FriDge for a bite THROUGHOUT the DAy 🙂

  19. 5 stars
    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.

  20. 5 stars
    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!!

  21. 5 stars
    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.

  22. 5 stars
    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

  23. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 5 stars
      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.

  24. 5 stars
    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.

  25. 5 stars
    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. 😘👌🏻

  26. 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.

  27. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and wish I hadn’t planned it for dinner because I wanted to keep it all for myself! DELICIOUS!!

  28. 5 stars
    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.

  29. 5 stars
    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!

  30. 5 stars
    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!

  31. 5 stars
    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

  32. 5 stars
    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.

  33. 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!!

  34. 5 stars
    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.

  35. 5 stars
    So easy to make and truly, DELICIOUS! I added a tablespoon of pickle juice as I like things extra salty and pickle-y. Yum!

  36. 5 stars
    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!

  37. 5 stars
    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!

  38. 5 stars
    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!

  39. 5 stars
    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.

  40. 5 stars
    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.

  41. 5 stars
    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!

  42. 5 stars
    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!

  43. 5 stars
    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.

  44. 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!!