Keto Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon The best leftover chicken recipe is this keto chicken salad. This healthy chicken salad recipe is loaded with avocado and will not miss the mayo in this one!

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One of my favorite leftover chicken recipes is healthy chicken salad.  This Keto Chicken Salad is loaded with avocado and bacon and it’s dressed with olive oil.  I promise you will not miss the mayo…all thanks to that creamy avocado!

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I love chicken salad and I always have leftover chicken in the fridge so I can whip up a quick batch.  I usually make my chicken breast in the Instant Pot using this method: Instant Pot Shredded Chicken …but I only season it with salt and pepper.

I sometimes make a whole chicken in the Instant Pot and use that leftover chicken for keto chicken salad.

This time, I didn’t have any leftover chicken, so I just poached 2 large chicken breasts (I love chicken breast from Butcherbox…(get free bacon and $15 off your first box!)) in salted water until they were cooked through.  I then let them cool and cut them into small pieces.


What could be more healthy in a chicken salad than avocado?  It adds such a nice creaminess…so much better than using mayo.

I like to have all of the components for chicken salad to be diced small so everything can be seasoned really well.

I diced my avocado small right in their skin so it wasn’t such a pain!

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When I had all of my components ready: chicken, avocado, bacon, celery…I put them all in a large bowl.  Then I topped it all with olive oil, salt, pepper, chives, dill, and lemon juice.

I then just tossed it all together.  I wasn’t gentle because I wanted that avocado to break down a little and mix with the olive oil and lemon juice to make this healthy chicken salad recipe so creamy and delicious!

A yummy keto chicken salad doesn’t get any easier than that!  I like to enjoy mine with 90 second bread!

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For another healthy chicken salad recipe, check out my recipe for Cranberry Chicken Salad


a serving of keto chicken salad in a glass bowl

Keto Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon

One of my favorite leftover chicken recipes is this keto chicken salad. This healthy chicken salad recipe is loaded with avocado and will not miss the mayo in this one!
5 from 4 votes
Course: lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftover chicken recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and toss well to combine.  Serve with lettuce wraps or in a low carb tortilla.


Nutrition per serving: 329 calories / 26.3g fat / 8.6g carbs / 5.6g fiber / 17.2g protein


Serving: 329g
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    • Sarah
    • July 6, 2019

    Nice recipe. I used chopped green onions instead of chives, and keep a bag of frozen chopped avocado (Costco) in the freezer for easy rotation. The lemon juice keeps the avocado from turning. It makes a great filling lunch. I can portion it out into 4 servings and just grab and go before work.

    • Ken Rath
    • April 27, 2019

    Made the recipe EXACTLY as posted. AMAZING!!!

    • Alison
    • March 25, 2019

    I just came across your chicken salad recipe. Sounds delish!! Is the 8 carbs counting the low carb tortilla shell?

      • jenniferbanz
      • March 26, 2019

      It is for only the chicken salad but it would be 3 net carbs per serving when subtracting the fiber

    • Helena
    • February 15, 2019

    What size, ounces or pounds worth of cooked chicken breasts are used?

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 17, 2019

      2 cups chopped chicken

    • Victoria Judkins
    • February 2, 2019

    What is the serving size

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 2, 2019

      1/4th of the recipe

    • Alexandra
    • February 1, 2019

    I was looking for a tasty keto chicken recipe (I have a mental block when it comes to chicken) when I found this. I just made it: This is VERY tasty and satisfying! The lemon juice really counteracts the “heavy” flavor of the bacon. I doubled this recipe and after trying it, I tried adding some thawed broccoli. Both are great! I’m adding this recipe to my roster 🙂

    • Rachel
    • January 26, 2019

    HOLY COW! This is AMAZING! I’m going to have a problem because I want to eat the whole bowl!

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 27, 2019

      I totally understand that, lol!

      • April
      • February 3, 2019

      I concur! I just made this recipe tonight and even my 8 year son liked it.
      Do you happen to know what a serving size is? I know its 329 calories per serving size, serves 4.

    • Laura Thomas
    • August 14, 2018

    This is an awesome recipe. Very filling but you don’t feel overstuffed either! I added some red onion and green pepper to get some more veggies, other than that I followed it to the letter. Part of my weekly meal prep rotation now. I really appreciate it!

      • jenniferbanz
      • August 15, 2018

      So glad you liked it!

    • Julia
    • June 27, 2018

    How long will this last, refrigerated? I’m searching for a cold dinner that I can make ahead of time.

      • jenniferbanz
      • June 27, 2018

      It should last a few days.

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