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Rotisserie Chicken Salad

This Rotisserie Chicken Salad is healthier than most, without compromising a bit of flavor. Minimal effort with delicious results. 

rostisserie chicken salad in a bowl
Rotisserie Chicken Salad is healthier than most chicken salad recipes.

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

September. It’s the start of a new school year for many. It signals the unofficial end of summer; not quite fall, but definitely no longer summer.

Some of the trees in our ‘hood have already decided to bring on their orange and yellow hues. Others are lingering onto summer and sticking with green leaves as long as they can.

September is always kind of an in-between month. Which beckons transitional recipes that hold onto the sunshine, yet accommodate the busy routine of fall.

This healthier version of chicken salad is the perfect for busy weeknights meal. It hangs onto a summery vibe, but absolutely back-to-school friendly.

rotisserie chicken salad in a bowl with bread slices

Your Strategy for Easy CHicken Salad

  • Next time you go to the grocery store, grab an extra rotisserie chicken for the week. Rotisserie chicken can be kept in fridge a few days or even frozen airtight for a couple of weeks until you’re ready to defrost and use.
  • If your store offers cold rotisserie chicken for a couple of dollars less than the hot ones, feel free to grab the budget-friendly cold option. Since you’ll be using it for chicken salad, you don’t need just-cooked, hot chicken.
  • Since this recipe only uses 1/2 cup of mayo, you’ll only need to grab a small jar of it.
  • If you like blending up healthy smoothies, buy a bigger container of plain Greek yogurt for both your smoothies and for this recipe (just add honey or agave to your smoothies for sweetness, if using plain yogurt in them )
  • Look for the latest expiration date on the shelves for freshest yogurt; it can last quite awhile in your fridge as long as you use a clean spoon each time you remove your desired portion from the container.
  • Don’t be afraid to grab extra green onions, herbs, or veggies during grocery runs. Here’s how you can keep produce fresh longer.
rotisserie chicken salad on bread with lemon slices

This simple, no-cook recipe is:

  • Easy enough for all the busy weeknights (plus delicious leftovers for tomorrow’s lunchbox.)
  • Crispy yet creamy with less mayo than most chicken salads
  • Creamier and heathier with the addition of Greek yogurt
  • Full of flavor and texture

Whether you’re ready for fall or hanging onto those flip-flops, this is one salad that will keep everyone happy. Enjoy.

Try this ONE-POT CHICKEN AND SPINACH GNOCCHI with Rotisserie Chicken, Too:

Healthier Rotisserie Chicken Salad

5 from 12 ratings
This Rotisserie Chicken Salad is healthier than most, without sacrificing a bit of flavor. The flavor is robust and delicious, and even non-chicken salad eaters will be going back for seconds!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients  

  • 7 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup whole plain yogurt, Greek is great
  • ½ cup real mayo
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup green onion, sliced
  • 1 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp dried dill weed
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Gently fold with rubber spatula until all ingredients are well incorporated. Cover and chill in fridge until ready to serve.
  • Serve with crusty bread, crackers, or in a sandwich. It's also delicious over a green salad, if you're looking to cut down on carbs. Keeps well when covered and chilled for several days.

Notes

Most chicken salads use quite a bit of mayo and sour cream. We "healthified" this recipe by using mostly yogurt and cutting the mayo in half. We still recommend the flavor of whole mayo for 1/2 cup amount, but if you prefer, you can use lowfat.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.9g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 12.4g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 10.4mg | Sodium: 420.9mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 3.8g
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Method: Mixing

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2. Garlic Lemon Roast Chicken – Big flavors with minimal effort in a pan. If you love garlic and lemon, this may be your new favorite recipe.

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  1. This one’s called Hurts So Good Chicken for a reason. It’s crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with flavor in every bite.
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22 comments

    • Jill

    What is the serving size?

      • Amy Dong

      There are approx 8 servings.

    • Natalie
    • 5 stars

    This sounds so good. I absolutely love this recipe and idea. Now I know how to use leftover baked chicken after Sunday dinner. I will definitely make this lovely salad.

    • Jacqueline Debono
    • 5 stars

    This is a brilliant weekday lunch/dinner dish especially this time of year when winter cold hasn’t set in yet! I love that you used greek yogurt and less mayo!

    • Gunjan
    • 5 stars

    My sister in law made this salad for me this afternoon and we both thoroughly enjoyed every bite of it. Absolutely perfect and healthy.

    • Heidy
    • 5 stars

    This Rotisserie Chicken Salad has a wonderful flavor and the entire family enjoyed eating it at lunch the other day. I loved the easy to follow instructions too! I will be passing your recipe link along to a few friends at the office. 2 thumbs up!

    Happy weekend!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you all loved this! YAY 🙂 🙂

    • Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
    • 5 stars

    This Rotisserie Chicken Salad looks so so good. My husband will love this dish.

    • Candice
    • 5 stars

    In love with this healthier chicken salad! We were looking for recipes that would be easy to prep for quick lunches, and we will definitely be making this delicious lunch again!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy to hear that, Candice!

    • Aleta
    • 5 stars

    This rotisserie chicken salad looks amazing!! I always just toss in some mayo, salt and pepper and call it a day! This version loaded with not only veggies but all that flavour? Amazing! This will make a much tastier sandwich for sure!

    • Marta
    • 5 stars

    I love that you’ve used greek yogurt in this recipe. It reminds me so much of a chicken souvlaki and I’m all about it!

    • Shelley
    • 5 stars

    This healthier (but still yummy!) chicken salad really is an ideal “transitional recipe” for September. Hearty but not too filling. Honestly, though, I could eat this all year ’round, especially since it’s so much lighter! I like the veggies you chose – a delicious departure from my usual – but the spice combo of garlic powder, ground mustard, and dill weed is what really makes it special!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Shelley!!

    • HEATHER PERINE
    • 5 stars

    Oh I love this idea to have for lunches as I head back to work here shortly. And love the idea of making it with greek yogurt instead to make it a bit healthier too. Can’t wait to try!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Heather 🙂

    • PS

    Where is the nutritional information?

      • chewoutloud

      I’ll get that up for you soon, Peggy! 🙂

    • Brian
    • 5 stars

    Not only the best chicken salad I’ve ever made, but the best I’ve ever eaten, period! Thank you for this recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you so much for the kind comment, Brian! 🙂

    • Karly
    • 5 stars

    Chicken salad is seriously the solution to all my problems- especially when it’s this easy AND this delicious. Lunch? Chicken salad. Dinner? Chicken salad. Snack? Picnic? Emotional eating? You guessed it, chicken salad. Love this!

      • chewoutloud

      I’m with you, Karly! Easy for all the meals one could ever want 🙂 Thanks for coming over today!

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