There is nothing better than an easy picnic salad that can be used for sandwiches or on it’s own. Today we are merging the classic BLT with chicken salad to make a BLT Chicken Salad that I know you are going to fall in love with. Serve this on croissants or make it low carb friendly by serving it in lettuce wraps!
Made it this evening. Very tasty! I will definitely make this one again!!
How to Make BLT Chicken Salad
This is a brief overview to show you how easy this recipe is. For the full recipe, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Cook the bacon. I like to dice the bacon and then cook it until crisp. Remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer it to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- Make the dressing. In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the dressing. Whisk together and taste. You may want to consider waiting to add more salt until after it is combined with the bacon and other ingredients.
- Combine all of the ingredients. In a large bowl combine the dressing with the chicken, bacon, chopped vegetables, and dressing. Taste and add more salt and pepper to your liking.
How to Cook Bacon
For this recipe, as mentioned above, I like to dice the bacon small and then cook it. I find this easier, but if you would like to keep it in strips to cook it that works too. Just make sure to cook the bacon until it is crisp but not burnt for best results in this salad.
- Dice the bacon. I usually break the pack in half, keep the strips together, and then just cut them into small 1/2 inch pieces. Repeat with the second half of the package.
- Add it to a preheated heavy bottomed pan. Break it up with a spatula and stir it regularly.
- Remove it from the heat once it is crisp using a slotted spoon. Transfer it to a paper towel lined plate.
Cooking Shredded Chicken
This recipe calls for 3 cups of shredded chicken. This is about 1 pound of chicken breasts when they are raw.
Making shredded chicken for this or other recipes is very simple and takes less than 20 minutes.
- Place the chicken in a sauce pan with enough water to cover it.
- Bring the water to a boil and simmer over low heat for 4 to 10 minutes or until the chicken registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
A note on the thermometer: I love that one because it can be easily kept in while the chicken cooks. It has an alarm that lets me know exactly when it reaches 165 degrees.
You can also use your Instant Pot to make shredded chicken. Another great option is to use a rotisserie chicken. Sometimes I like to buy several, shred them, and freeze them.
Tomatoes in Chicken Salad
You will notice that we included tomatoes in this recipe to make the T in our BLT. These tomatoes took the place of grapes in my traditional chicken salad. I love the addition of tomatoes here. They hold up perfectly in this salad, and you will love them too.
How to Serve BLT Chicken Salad
This recipe works great for sandwiches. But as I mentioned above, it is also perfect for a low carb diet. Serve these in bib lettuce like with my Chicken Lettuce Wraps for a great lunch idea.
BLT Chicken Salad
- 3 cups cooked chicken chopped (see notes in the post for how to cook shredded chicken)
- 1 pound bacon diced and cooked until crisp
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
- 1/2 small red onion diced small
- 2 stalks celery diced
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used light)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- In a large bowl combine the cooked chicken, bacon, tomatoes, red onion, and celery.
- In a small bowl whisk togethr the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Taste and add more salt and pepper to taste being careful to start out with just a little.
- Stir the dressing into the main ingredients.
- Serve right away or store in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days. Please note that if this salad sits out for more than 2 hours, the leftovers should be thrown away.