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Avocado Chicken Salad

We’re eating this healthy chicken salad for lunch all summer long and I bet you will too! AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD skips the heavy dressing in favor of creamy, dreamy avocados! This recipe is quick, simple, and packs in so much flavor from the lime and cilantro.

Low Carb Chicken Salad recipe

I am a total sucker for an easy lunch.

You see, we homeschool, which means that my kids are here all day every day.

Which is nice and all, except for that it also means that I have to feed them. Three meals a day. Every day. Forever and ever amen. #sendhelp

I get burnt out on cooking, so through the week they’re on their own for breakfast and I keep lunch as simple as possible.

Enter this avocado chicken salad recipe!

It’s the perfect quick lunch, especially on a hot summer day.

We love how creamy the avocado gets, the vibrant color of the salad, and addition of lime and cilantro to brighten things up.

healthy chicken salad recipe

How to make this avocado chicken salad recipe: 

You’re going to want to start with ripe avocados, which is probably the trickiest part of this recipe. 😉 Am I the only one that has trouble with avocados going from too hard to too soft in a matter of minutes? 

ingredients for healthy chicken salad in glass bowl

Dice up your avocado and add it to a mixing bowl with some cooked shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken is perfect for this!), red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and a little garlic powder.

I also add in a dollop of mayo to make this salad nice and creamy. You could also use Greek yogurt or sour cream, but that will change the nutrition info accordingly.

Stir everything together – no need to be gentle. As you stir, the avocado will break down a bit and start to coat the chicken. It makes this perfectly creamy! 

creamy chicken salad recipe with avocado

How to serve low carb chicken salad: 

You’ve got a couple of options here:

  • Lettuce Wraps: The old faithful of the low carb world. 😉 I like romaine.
  • Low Carb Tortillas: I’m partial to Mission brand for tacos and Ole Extreme for making wraps.
  • Low Carb Crackers: Spoon a little chicken salad on a cracker and eat it like a dip.
  • Your Fork: That’s right – just go at it with a fork. No shame, friends.
  • Tomato: Hollow out the center of a tomato and fill it with this healthy chicken salad!

Plenty of options to fit any mood or diet. 

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I’ve been hesitant to include recipes featuring low carb tortillas on this site, because I know some people are pretty strict keto. I’m not, however, and regularly eat low carb tortillas now that they’re so widely available – Walmart carries them and most other large chains do as well. 

Curious your thoughts – more recipes showing how to use low carb tortillas or not? 

chicken salad lettuce wrap

More easy low carb lunch recipes:

Deviled Egg Salad: We love this one in a lettuce wrap!

Corn Dog Muffins: My kids beg for these and there is zero corn!

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: Stir in some smoked sausage and it’s a meal!

Ranch Grilled Chicken: We always double this when we cook it for dinner so I can use the leftovers for lunch!

Loads more low carb lunch recipes here!

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Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado chicken salad is packed with healthy fat and lean protein! It makes a quick and filling lunch and you can serve it in so many ways!

Yield 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well to break down the avocado.
  2. Serve immediately.
  3. To store, press plastic wrap tightly onto the surface of the salad to keep the avocado from browning. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.


Serve in a lettuce wrap, low carb tortilla, or with a fork!

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 273mgCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g

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43 thoughts on “Avocado Chicken Salad”

  1. Erin Shoemate

    I’m in favor of more recipes with the low-carb tortillas. If we want to sub in lettuce leaf wraps instead, we can! I think we’re all pretty used to making the occasional sub here and there to suit allergies, preferences, etc.

  2. Karen Johnson

    Making this today and leaving out the avocado for my work lunch this week. Adding avocado when I’m ready to eat so it doesn’t turn brown

  3. Katrina Symonds

    Hi love the sound of this but not sure where to get low carb wraps in England! Do you know of a recipe I could use to make them?
    Kind regards

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Katrina! I don’t have a recipe myself, but the low carb tortillas from Wholesome Yum’s website have good reviews!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Heath! I just divided into 6 equal portions, I didn’t measure by volume. 🙂

    1. I use just a table spoon or two of Dukes mayo depending on if I’m making half the recipe. All that yummy avocado makes it creamy enough for me
      And if I’m putting in a pita half, I stuff romaine and tomatoes in with this delicious avocado chicken salad!

  4. I make tuna salad quesadilla: tuna salad, a little grated sharp cheddar, low-carb tortilla, and grill till hot and melty. Quick and easy lunch! Looking forward to trying this recipe – avocado, lime, cilantro, red onion… yum! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hello! Since I’m allergic to Cilantro, is there something else I can use in it’s place?

  6. Saw this. Jumped up ran to the kitchen. Cut, peeled, diced, chopped, mixed. Taste tested. I’m back to tell you… AMAZING! THANK YOU! I’m hooked!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Yay! I love when a recipe just requires that you stop what you’re doing and go make it right that second! 😉 Glad it was a success!

  7. Bonnie Peterman

    Just made this. Thanks for another great recipe. I wrapped the salad in plastic wrap and then put it in a bowl. No air gets in that way for sure.

  8. I’ve got to try this one soon! Nice to see I’m not the only one loving Ole Extreme low-carb wraps. They taste way better than Mission, in my opinion. Thanks for all your good ideas!

  9. Please share more recipes with low carb tortillas. I find I do better with whole grain carbs added to my lifestyle.

    1. Karly Campbell

      I would halve the recipe and then be sure to press plastic wrap tightly down on the top of the salad to keep the air out when you store it.

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