Okay it’s time for a new chicken salad recipe over here! If you’ve been to One Balanced Life a few times, you’d know that chicken salads are a favorite around here. I love them because they are not only perfect to meal prep for the week but there are so many ways to use them throughout the week to keep it interesting each time. This Lemon Basil Rotisserie Chicken Salad will be a new favorite for you!
I’m always looking for ways to switch up my lunches during the week and I love this chicken salad as a spring time flavor! Not only is it perfect to make during the warmer months, but it’s so easy too! This chicken salad is packed with the flavors of basil and lemon and perfect to put in a wrap or on a sandwich for a quick lunch.
This chicken salad is packed with protein and perfect to meal prep for the week too!
What you need to make this Lemon Basil Chicken Salad:
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Fresh Basil
- Mayo made with avocado oil (I like to use this one!)
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- Red onion
- Lemon Juice from a fresh lemon
- Lemon Zest
- Garlic clove
- Sea salt
- Black Pepper
- Extra Virgin Olive oil
How to make chicken salad:
- Start by combining all the ingredients into a blender to mix. This includes the mayo, plain greek yogurt, fresh basil, garlic cloves, olive oil, lemon, lemon zest, cumin, salt & pepper. Process until completely smooth. Set aside a small bowl.
- Pull chicken off rotisserie chicken. Set aside in a medium bowl and shred with a fork.
- Combine lemon basil sauce, celery, red onion and rotisserie chicken.
- Enjoy your Lemon Basil Rotisserie Chicken Salad.
A few ways that I like to enjoy chicken salad:
- In a wrap
- On a salad
- On sweet potato toast
- In a sandwich
- In a pita pocket
- With crackers and veggies
If you like this chicken salad, you may also love these recipes on One Balanced Life:
- Southwestern Chicken Salad
- Healthy Chicken Salad
- Curry Chicken Salad
- Thai Chicken Chopped Salad
- Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad
How long does this last?
You can keep this chicken salad in the fridge for up to 4 days in a sealed container.
Which basil is best for cooking?
Most people know that garlic and oregano are good in cooking. But basil is also a popular choice, and it has an adorable name.
When you start digging a little deeper though, it becomes clear that not all basil is created equal. Almost all of the basil grown for cooking in the United States is sweet basil; this type of basil is not actually the same plant as the sweet smelling variety that is used for making tea. It’s also not nearly as pungent as the Thai basil used in Asian cuisine. But when grocery stores are selling both types of basil together, we can’t really tell them apart without looking at the packaging or tasting a leaf or two from each bunch.
There are only two things to do: taste some leaves and see what ones you like for your meals. You can also ask your friends what kind they like to cook with.
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- 2.5 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp mayo made with avocado oil
- 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup celery, chopped
- 1 small lemon, juiced
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- dash of pepper
- Add lemon basil ingredients to a blender or food processor. This includes mayo, plain greek yogurt, fresh basil, garlic clove, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, cumin, sea salt, pepper.
- Shred rotisserie chicken salad using a fork.
- Chop celery and red onion.
- In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, celery, red onion and lemon basil sauce. Mix to combine.
- Serve however you'd like! I've used it on top of greens, in a pita, and a wrap.
until next time...