Keto Southern Style Chicken Salad

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Easy Keto Chicken Salad

Keto chicken salad is an absolute favorite in our household and for good reason. I have a box full of easy keto chicken salad recipes that we pull out once a week. For the most part keto & low carb chicken salad is naturally so, making it a hit with even non ketoers. Check out how we put a southern style spin on this classic keto chicken salad below!

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What is Low Carb Chicken Salad

I know, seems like a silly question, but what is it that they say in school? There is no such thing as a silly question? I answer this here because I am asked this quite often. The keto and low carb diet can be one of the most confusing to follow. Because it takes time to learn what is approved and what is not, people still ask the question often.

Low Carb Chicken Salad is a version of classic chicken salad that has been made to minimize the amount of carbs per serving. For chicken salad this can usually just mean omitting the bread. The keto chicken salad itself is pretty much naturally keto and low carb. Use the right mayo and you are good to go.

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What Keto Ways Can We Eat This

Although our old way of eating was to obviously smother this easy keto chicken salad over bread, we just can't do that anymore. Just kidding! Actually, we can. There are a ton of different kinds of low carb and keto approved breads and wraps out there. Lettuce can also be used as a wrap.

Aside from choosing a low carb or keto bread/wrap, first, let's not forget that this can be enjoyed on any regular bread by those not on keto. There are no "funky" or "different" ingredients in this recipe that would be off putting to those not eating low carb.

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More Amazing Recipes To Try

  • BLTA Chicken Salad- A Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado salad version of the sandwich
  • Dill Pickle Chicken Salad- loaded with crunch and that dill pickle flavor everyone loves
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip- a creamy, spicy, cheesy dip perfect for celery

Making our twist on Classic Keto Chicken Salad

Our smokey southern style version of a classic keto chicken salad will have everyone saying wow. No, really! This version includes a little sweet, a little spicy and a little smokey flavor that is sure to wake up your taste buds.

To keep the carbs low we chose not to add BBQ sauce. Instead, we build the flavors using spices and liquid smoke. The sweetness comes from just a touch of monkfruit sweetener, which is an all natural zero carb, zero calorie sweetner with no bitter after taste. Aside from the liquid smoke, you may have all the ingredients on hand already.

classic keto chicken salad

Easy Keto Chicken Salad- Smokey Southern Style

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • ½ cup Olive Oil Mayo (or mayo of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke (we used Hickory)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • Seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon monkfruit sweetener (or sweetener of your choice)
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • Pinch salt & pepper ( to taste)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayo, mustard and liquid smoke.
  2. Add seasonings and whisk to fully combined.
  3. Add chicken, celery and green onion and mix.
  4. Serve or refrigerate until cold.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gProtein: 21g

Nutrition facts are auto- populated by the app for this recipe card, numbers may vary. For best results, input your exact brand ingredients into a recipe analyzer like Verywell or MyFitnessPal.

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