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posted: 07/08/21

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BLT Chicken Salad is a great easy spin on the classic chicken salad recipe that you know and love. This easy recipe can make the perfect low carb lunch!

blt chicken salad sandwich on a croissant

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!

Reader Review

Made it this evening. Very tasty! I will definitely make this one again!!

overhead of a bowl with the ingredients for blt chicken salad

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
overhead of a bowl of chicken salad made with bacon and tomatoes

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Add it to a preheated heavy bottomed pan. Break it up with a spatula and stir it regularly.
  3. Remove it from the heat once it is crisp using a slotted spoon. Transfer it to a paper towel lined plate.

Air Fryer Bacon

If you want to cut out a little hands on time, you can pop the bacon in the air fryer! Then chop it once it is cooked.
Overhead photo of cooked strips of bacon in air fryer basket for air fryer bacon.

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.

  1. Place the chicken in a sauce pan with enough water to cover it.
  2. 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.

blt chicken salad in a lettuce wrap

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.

a bowl of chicken salad with bacon

Other Great Lunch Ideas

If you are looking for other lunch options, here are some of my favorites:

If you make this BLT Chicken Salad recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment. I love to hear what you think of my recipes.

blt chicken salad sandwich on a croissant
4.95 from 35 votes

BLT Chicken Salad

Serves: 10 servings
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
BLT Chicken Salad is a great easy spin on the classic chicken salad recipe that you know and love. This easy recipe can make the perfect low carb lunch!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 288kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 3g (1%) Protein: 22g (44%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 85mg (28%) Sodium: 1040mg (45%) Potassium: 242mg (7%) Sugar: 1g (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
blt chicken salad sandwich on a croissant

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  1. Alisa says

    5 stars
    I’ve made this several times now and it is so good. My 11yr old daughter LOVES it and frequently asks for me to make it. I used a rotisserie chicken instead. That’s my only modification.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that you guys enjoy this!

  2. Elizabeth says

    Can you use canned chicken?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yup!

  3. Gray says

    Could you Greek yogurt for the Mayo?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Unfortunately this recipe hasn’t been tested with greek yogurt. While it will work, it is a personal taste situation. That’s not a swap I would enjoy, but I’m confident that there are many people who would.

  4. Bianca says

    Can you use grape tomatoes instead of cherry ?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yup!

  5. Jeanne says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. I use a mixture of ranch and salad dressing and fill tortilla shells and roll shut. I bake in oven for about 10 to 15 minutes until shells are brown and serve. Turned out delicious

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you like it!

  6. jess says

    5 stars
    superb !! We had it in sour dough toasted in a pan w butter. it was delicious and super easy

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Sharon Phillips says

    How many people will this recipe feed

    • Lisa Longley says

      This makes 10 half cup servings.

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