5 Minute Chicken Salad | Paleo & Whole 30

I'm all about quick and easy when it comes to cooking. Two full-time working parents, a two year old, and a dog that wants to be a two year old, means time is always limited. When we started considering doing a Whole 30 challenge, I was immediately hesitant. I know how much time prepping meals can take, and I also know how quickly a diet can be ruined when you don't have a compliant meal ready to go.

I went to work on trying to create hearty, fulfilling, yet quick and easy meals for us. I'm big on "home" food which for me basically means food that reminds me of home, not a restaurant. I guess you could call it comfort food, but as the title of my blog will tell you, I'm big on "home."

One of my favorite dishes has always been chicken salad. I don't know what it is about chicken salad, but I could honestly eat it for every meal if made the way I like it.  

So, how do I make my favorite dish Whole 30 compliant? Turned out to be easier than I thought, and the entire recipe only requires 5 ingredients.

Hope you enjoy!

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5 Minute Chicken Salad | Paleo & Whole 30
  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken (check ingredients to ensure Whole 30 compliance)
  • 1/2 cup red grapes cut in halves
  • 3/4 cup avocado oil mayo
  • 2 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp turmeric
1. Remove skin from chicken and shred the meat. Place the meat in a large bowl. Discard bones, or save them to make chicken broth at a later time.2. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine with the chicken. Toss until the meat is coated evenly. 3. Store in the refrigerator and serve cold on top of salads, in a lettuce wrap, or enjoy it on its own!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings

Additional Notes

-I highly recommend Primal Kitchen's Avocado Oil Mayo. I have used other brands and find Primal Kitchen's mayo to be the creamiest and best tasting.

- It may be difficult to find a Whole 30 compliant rotisserie chicken, though most Whole Foods locations should carry "plain" rotisserie chickens with minimal ingredients added. If you are not able to find a compliant rotisserie chicken, you can still make this recipe by roasting a whole chicken in the oven seasoned with salt and pepper. Once it is cooked, shred the chicken and proceed with Step 2 above.

- I do not add salt and pepper when using a rotisserie chicken for this recipe. Most rotisserie chickens already have a good amount of salt added to them which I find is enough for this salad. However, feel free to season as you like.

- This recipe is really simple and omits many common vegetables (carrots and celery) that you are likely to find in chicken salad. I personally am not a fan of carrots and celery in chicken salad, however, please feel free to make any additions you'd like!