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Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Rotisserie Chicken Salad is an easy low-carb holiday salad with Christmas colors and avocado, red pepper, Feta, lime, and cilantro. And this festive salad is also delicious any time of year!   

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Today I’m offering you this Rotisserie Chicken Salad with amazing flavors and holiday colors because I know the holidays are absolutely the hardest time of year to stick to a more carb-conscious eating plan. So a few years ago I came up with a delicious red-and-green salad that used rotisserie chicken and was perfect for special occasions during the holidays.

This Rotisserie Chicken Salad was adapted from Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro that’s been such a hit on the blog. You know how I like to “improve” the recipes when I make a slightly different version, and when we made this salad with chicken, red pepper, and avocado, we hit on the idea of adding a touch of Feta, which turned the salad into a wow .

There are plenty of ways to adapt this salad to your own taste. If you’re not fond of Feta, just leave it out and you’ll have the original salad. If you’re not a red pepper fan, just make the Chicken and Avocado Salad instead (although it won’t be red and green, sob!)  And if you’re not a cilantro fan, I’d just use a generous amount of sliced green onions and skip the cilantro completely.

But please, please, please do try this salad if you haven’t tried it already. A couple of days ago I was working at the computer and I grabbed a small container of leftover salad from the fridge. And even though it had been in there for two days and I meant to eat it the day after we made it, I absolutely scarfed down the leftover salad and kind of wanted to stop everything and update the recipe immediately! 

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How to Make Rotisserie Chicken Salad:

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  1. Cut up enough rotisserie chicken to make about 4 cups. I made the chicken chunks rather large, take your choice on that.
  2. Chop up a large red bell pepper.
  3. Finely chop the cilantro and slice the green onions on the diagonal. (Just use more green onion if you’re not a cilantro fan!)
  4. Dice two avocados and toss with 1-2 tablespoons of lime juice.
  5. Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, and Vege-Sal (affiliate link) or salt to make the dressing. Cut up the Feta into small cubes (or crumble if you prefer.)
  6. Toss together the chicken, chopped red bell pepper, and sliced green onion. Toss the chicken mixture with the desired amount of dressing.
  7. Then gently fold in the chopped cilantro.
  8. Then very gently fold in the Feta cubes and chopped avocado.
  9. You can season with a little salt if you’d like, but remember Feta is pretty salty if you’re using that.
  10. Serve right away or chill for a few hours.
  11. This will keep in the fridge for 1-2 days, although the avocado gets softer in the fridge, and of course it’s best freshly made.

More Favorite Low-Carb Red and Green Foods for Christmas:
Warm or Cold Salad with Artichoke Hearts and Roasted Red Peppers
Chicken Salad with Green Olives
Roasted Cauliflower with Red Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Pine Nuts
Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers
Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper

Rotisserie Chicken Christmas Salad with Avocado, Pepper, Feta, and Lime found on KalynsKitchen.com

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Low-Carb Rotisserie Chicken Salad gets festive with Christmas colors and lots of delicious flavors from ingredients that are salad favorites!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped or shredded rotisserie chicken (see notes)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro (see notes)
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice, to toss with the avocado
  • 1 cup Feta cubes (see notes)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 4 T mayo
  • 1 1/2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Vege-Sal or salt (more or less to taste)

Instructions

  1. Shred or chop enough rotisserie chicken to make 4 cups diced cooked chicken.
  2. Chop the red bell pepper into pieces about 1/2 inch square.
  3. Cut up the avocado and toss with enough lime juice so all the pieces are coated.
  4. Thinly slice the green onion on the diagonal and finely chop the cilantro.
  5. Cut up the avocado and toss with enough lime juice so all the pieces are coated.
  6. Cut enough Feta to make about 1 cup of Feta cubes (if using)
  7. Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, and Vege-Sal (or salt), then taste to see if you want more lime or salt.
  8. Toss the chicken, chopped red bell pepper, and sliced green onion together in a bowl.
  9. Toss the chicken mixture with enough dressing to coat the ingredients.
  10. Then gently fold in the chopped cilantro.
  11. Very gently fold in the diced avocado and Feta cubes.
  12. Chill for a few hours or serve right away.
  13. This will keep for a day or two in the fridge, although I think it's best the first day you make it.

Notes

You can cook 3-4 chicken breasts and cut up the meat if you don't have rotisserie chicken. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice for this recipe. Just use more green onion if you're not a cilantro fan. You can use crumbled Feta if you prefer but I liked the symmetry of the chicken, avocado, and Feta all being cut in cubes.

This recipe was inspired by Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro and created by Kalyn when she had rotisserie chicken in the fridge and Christmas party food on the brain.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 907mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 36g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Rotisserie Chicken Christmas Salad with Avocado, Pepper, Feta, and Lime found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in this recipe is a low-carb ingredient, and this recipe would be approved for any phase of the original South Beach Diet or other low-glycemic diets, and the salad is equally good for any type of low-carb eating plan. If you use homemade mayo this recipe could also be Paleo or Whole 30.

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    19 Comments on “Rotisserie Chicken Salad”

  1. This was delicious and easy to make. I cut the recipe in half since I’m single and can’t eat that much within 2 days. For my preference, I will add more cilantro next time.

  2. I’m pinning and making!Love this recipe.easy and simple .i will definitely try it. One of our families favorite dinners! So easy and it tastes delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. I made this today and it is wonderful!! I made as directed except for cutting everything into smaller pieces and omitting cilantro because I’m not a fan. This is delicious and is going to become a regular on my low carb menu rotation. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

  4. So, I went to make this for lunch, today and realized I’d neglected to pick up the feta so…I made a totally different salad (only because I’m CERTAIN the feta would have added a very different flavor). I decided I wanted to add some radishes (which I’d discovered were delicious with lime juice and cilantro after a trip to Mexico a number of years ago), but…sadly, I didn’t have any of those, either so I added some celery for crunch. Now, it’s not YOUR recipe, but 90% of it is and it’s perfect! I gave some to hubby, served on top of some lettuce and he too was thrilled. We LOVE your recipes (I don’t usually alter them). Thank you for creating delicious options for us for when we’re doing our SBD phase 1/sugar detox. It makes it SO much easier!!!

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  7. Made this tonight and loved it! It was deliciou!

  8. I haven't made it with anything besides mayo so I can't really give recommendations, but I'd try your favorite mayo substitute, maybe Greek yogurt or sour cream? But as I said, I haven't tried it that way.

  9. Is there anything else we can use besides mayo? I am not a fan of the taste

  10. Great idea for this week Kalyn – we're having relatives over for the week and I've been trying to figure out what to make for lunch.

  11. What with all the high caloric foods served during the holidays Kaylyn this is a perfect dish. And who doesn't love those Costco chickens. Merry Christmas to you!!

  12. What did we ever do before rotisserie chicken? I always have one in my fridge. This salad looks both festive and delicious; I'd love to find it on a holiday buffet.