Chicken Salad Recipe

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This chicken salad recipe is wonderful as a side dish or main course!

I love making a big bowl of this clean eating chicken salad. It lasts me for the better part of a week and makes a great meal. Especially when I pair it with a vegetable of some sort. It’s perfect for my school lunches, and it’s tasty too!

A closeup view of this Clean Eating Chicken Salad shows the creamy ranch mixed into the shredded chicken with a few chunks of avocado on top.

This isn’t really a recipe for the kiddos, unless they truly like onions. I went strong on the onions because I really enjoy them. So if you want to feed the wee folk in your home, serve them before you add the onions (unless they enjoy that sort of thing). Adjust the amount for your own tastes as well.



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Clean Eating Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

A simple, easy-to-make chicken salad that will carry you through the better part of the week. Note: Cook time does not include cooking the chicken.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 459kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (baked, plain)
  • ¾ cup clean eating ranch dressing (see link above)
  • 1 ½ cups chopped red onion
  • 1 cup chopped avocado (optional)


  • Shred your chicken breasts.
  • Add chicken, onions and ranch to a large mixing bowl and mix well.
  • If you are so inclined, top with avocado.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 1037mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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  1. Made this for lunch today and it was amazing!! The Ranch dressing was too die for. Definitely a keeper!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tanisha – That’s wonderful! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know how it turned out!

  2. This is great! Can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – Wonderful! Let me know how you like them!

  3. Celery would be good in this recipe, too. With or without the onions. I tend to not eat raw onions much. I love the taste while I’m eating them, but hours later, despite tooth and tongue brushing and mouthwash, the taste (and fragrance) stays with me.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – Ya, it does with me too. But I still eat them cause I love them. I just make sure I don’t have to talk to too many people that day! lol

  4. How many servings should this make and what is a serving? A cup?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Val – It will depend on how big everything is (chicken breasts, avocados…)

  5. Trudefaith says:

    I also LOVE me some onions! and chicken salad!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Trudefaith – Fantastic! Hope you enjoy it!

  6. Momma2bnb says:

    I’m thinking this would be good with some pecans and grapes. Hmmmmm….must add ingredients to grocery list!!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Leena – Wonderful! I’m glad you like it!

  8. Tara Richelle says:

    Sounds great, I’m gonna swap out the ranch & use a greek yogurt dill sauce mmm

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Tara – Sounds wonderful!

  9. This looks very thick but when I made the ranch dressing it was very runny….did I do something wrong??…or does it thicken up when you put it together??

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Anita – I could thicken up, but it’s more likely that it’s just the brand of buttermilk you used for the dressing. It shouldn’t affect it in any way. As long as it tastes good, it should be fine.

  10. Hi there,

    I was just wondering.. Where you say “baked chicken breasts”.. Is that just the plain chicken breasts stuck in the oven? Or do you marinate it? Sorry, I’m new to cooking! Haha!

    Thanks! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I just made them plain in the oven. But you can also sprinkle with a little garlic and onion powder for extra flavor if you like.

  11. Mary Pat Filer says:

    Made this yesterday and my husband really liked it, took it to work and put it on top of his salad. He really enjoyed the taste of dill! Getting ready now to make clean eating tuna since it’s Lent and Friday, thanks again for all your recipes!!!

  12. stephanie says:

    made this for dinner. added sliced almonds. it was great on a lettuce wrap.

    any clue on calories?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – I didn’t do the nutrition data for this one, but if you’d like to enter the recipe into a calculator, has a really good one. Glad you enjoyed it!

  13. In order to make this meal diet friendly, I added greek yogurt instead of ranch dressing. It was SUPER yummy! Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brandie – Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  14. I’m new to “eating clean” and I love your site. Helps me Alot. Thank you!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Danielle – Welcome!

  15. Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus says:

    Just want to say that I love this recipe and that ranch dressing is AMAZING. Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashely – My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  16. I just made it. I followed the recipe exactly. Didn’t taste so good. please tell me it tastes better after it sits in the fridge for a while.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sam – I’m sorry you didn’t care for it. You could try adding more of the ranch spices if the flavor isn’t heavy enough for you.

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