Need a quick lunch or snack? This creamy keto chicken salad is low-carb, gluten-free, and only takes minutes to make for a delicious, healthy meal!
I’m usually on the go during the day, so I’m always looking for quick, healthy lunch recipes. I need something that only takes a few minutes to throw together but will give me energy for hours.
This keto chicken salad is one of my go-to options! Tangy Greek yogurt and sour cream, crunchy cucumbers, and tender chicken topped with fresh dill and cheddar make this a delicious meal you’ll come back to again and again.
How to make keto chicken salad
This entire recipe comes together in about 10 minutes!
Step 1: In a small bowl, stir together the plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, garlic powder, fresh dill, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
Step 2: Place the chicken thighs, cheddar cheese, and cucumber in a large bowl.
Step 3: Pour the Greek yogurt mixture over top.
Step 4: Stir until everything is completely coated.
Step 5: Serve cold. Top with extra cheese and dill if desired.
That’s it! Enjoy as a delicious lunch, quick snack, or easy dinner when you’re short on time and want something healthy and nourishing.
Is Greek yogurt keto friendly?
Plain Greek yogurt can be enjoyed on a low-carb or keto diet in moderation. It’s a great source of protein and is lower in carbs than plain yogurt.
This recipe calls for ¼ of a cup of Greek yogurt, which will have a very minimal impact on the total carbs in the dish. Depending on the brand, that will come out to around 2 net carbs, so about ½ of gram of carbs per serving.
If you prefer not to eat yogurt, you could always substitute with mayonnaise or even mashed avocado. It’s entirely up to you and how you choose to approach your keto diet.
What to serve with low-carb chicken salad
You can definitely enjoy this creamy, filling dish all on its own. I usually just eat it right out of the bowl!
If you want to include some greens in your meal, though, it’s fantastic on top of a salad. You could also wrap it up in a low-carb wrap or homemade keto tortilla.
Variations for this recipe
Chicken salad is such a versatile dish! While I love the simple combination used in this recipe, there are plenty of ways you can get creative with your flavors.
Looking for more crunch? Chopped celery is a great low-carb vegetable to include. For more flavor, you could also add some chopped onion, peppers, or even pickles.
Some classic chicken salad recipes also include chopped nuts. Walnuts, pecans, or almonds would be great options.
Finally, don’t hesitate to play around with the cheese option! I like cheddar because it has a bold flavor, but you could also try pepperjack, feta, white cheddar, or whatever you happen to have on hand that sounds good to you.
This dish can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. It’s best served cold, which makes it a great option for meal-prepping.
If you cook the chicken thighs in advance, just be sure to factor that into your storage time. Chicken should always be eaten within 3-4 days of cooking.
Other quick and tasty keto meals
Looking for more low-carb options that are great for busy days? Here are some of my favorite keto meals that can be thrown together in minutes or prepped ahead of time for grab-and-go deliciousness:
For even more keto-friendly inspiration, check out this roundup I put together of 10 low carb ground beef recipes to spice up your weekly menu!
When you’ve made this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Keto Chicken Salad
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 2 cups chicken thighs (cooked, cooled, and diced)
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup cucumber (diced)
- A few sprigs of fresh dill (optional)
- In a small bowl, stir together the plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, garlic powder, fresh dill, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
- Place the chicken thighs, cheddar cheese, and cucumber in a large bowl.
- Pour the Greek yogurt mixture over top.
- Stir until everything is completely coated.
- Serve cold. Top with extra cheese and dill if desired.