Avocado Chicken Salad

This Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe is ridiculously easy to throw together and makes a quick sandwich, wrap, or salad. Great to bring to a picnic or just have it for an easy lunch or weeknight meal.

If you’re looking for more chicken salad recipes, you’ll never go wrong with our favorites like this one, Creamy Dill Chicken SaladBBQ Ranch Chicken Salad, or Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad.

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Why We Love Avocado Chicken Salad

It’s no secret that chicken salad is always a fan favorite at any backyard party, shower, or potluck, and for good reason. It’s a delicious staple everyone flocks to because of its simple yet scrumptious flavors. This avocado chicken salad takes this classic favorite and puts a tangy, and perfectly spiced twist on the original recipe we all know and love. 

Packed full of simple, yet flavorful ingredients you probably already have on hand, it’s the perfect recipe to keep on hand for a last-minute dish perfect for any occasion.

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Basic Ingredients

To make this avocado chicken salad recipe you just need a handful of basic ingredients:

  • shredded cooked chicken – I like to use rotisserie chicken. Feel free to use whatever leftover chicken you have on hand.
  • Hellmann’s Mayonnaise – You can use any brand you prefer, but I love Hellmann’s for chicken salad. Its tangy flavor adds a bit of personality to this dish.
  • avocado, chopped
  • green onions, sliced
  • celery, thinly sliced – gives the chicken salad an awesome crunch.
  • lemon or lime juice – this will keep the avocado from turning brown quickly
  • Creole seasoning – this is the “secret ingredient” that brings all the flavor! 

avocado chicken salad sandwich cut in half and stacked

How To Make Avocado Chicken Salad

STEP ONE: Drizzle avocado with lemon or lime juice 
STEP TWO: Use a medium bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
STEP THREE: Taste to see if you need more seasoning. 
STEP FOUR: Serve on bread as a sandwich or over lettuce as a salad.

avocado chicken salad sandwich cut in half in a basket with grapes and chips

Tips 

This easy to throw together, summer party favorite is almost foolproof, but any recipe can always be improved, so check out some of these helpful tips to make sure you end up with the best chicken salad recipe every time. 

  • I have found that Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise has the best flavor for avocado chicken salad. You can, of course, use any mayo or Miracle Whip if you prefer, but my first choice is Hellmann’s because of its tangy flavor.
  • Don’t add salt to this chicken salad because Creole Seasoning can be very salty. So use it sparingly. I LOVE the flavor profile it adds, but you can easily ruin it by adding too much. You may want to start with 1/4 teaspoon, and taste before adding more.
  • Cut the avocado in half, remove the seed then squeeze the lemon or lime juice over both halves, then remove the skin and chop. 
  • Chill the chicken salad if not serving right away. Let the salad return to room temperature before serving for the best flavor.

a bowl of avocado chicken salad sandwich

How To Serve The Best Chicken Salad?

There’s really not a wrong way to eat chicken salad. Whether you grab a fork and just dig right into the container, enjoy it on a cracker, or make a lunch out of it by adding your favorite bread, you won’t be disappointed with the best chicken salad recipe. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy my avocado chicken salad. 

As a Sandwich – on your favorite bread, croissants, wrap, or buns.
As chicken salad boat – served in a scooped-out avocado, cantaloupe, or tomato
As a dip – with crackers or sliced veggies (we love it paired with sliced cucumbers)
As a salad – on a bed of salad greens

Have a different way you serve chicken salad? Let me know your favorites in the comments below! 

avocado chicken salad sandwich with multigrain bread

FAQ

How to store chicken salad? Chicken salad is best when stores in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator. I personally think chicken salad recipes are even better the next day after all of the ingredients have had the chance to soak into each other or an even more amazing flavor profile. 

How long does chicken salad stay fresh? Leftover chicken salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. When ready to serve from the fridge, simply give it a quick stir, and add a touch more mayo if the mixture has dried up at all. Note: the avocado in the mixture might begin to brown after a day or two, so I recommend just adding the avocado as you serve the chicken salad. 

Can you freeze chicken salad? Due to the nature of the ingredients used to make this amazing avocado chicken salad, I don’t recommend freezing the mixture as a whole. If you’d like to do some prep ahead of time, you can always prepare the chicken and freeze it up to a month in advance to remove one step the day of. 

Can I substitute the mayo? The best substitute for mayo when it comes to altering any chicken salad recipe is to use plain Greek yogurt. This will replicate the tangy flavor of mayo the best. Other options include; cottage cheese, Dijon mustard, or hummus. 

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avocado chicken salad sandwich on a plate with grapes

Avocado Chicken Salad

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

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (I like to use rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/2 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise (*see notes)
  • 1 small avocado, chopped
  • 4-5 green onions, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice (*see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning (* see notes)
  • ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Drizzle avocado with lemon or lime juice (*this will keep it from turning brown quickly).
  2. In a medium bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Taste to see if you need more seasoning. *See Notes.
  4. Serve on bread as a sandwich or over lettuce as a salad. Chill if not serving right away. Let the salad return to room temperature before serving for the best flavor.

Notes

    Leftovers will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

  • I have found that Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise has the best flavor for this salad. You can, of course, use any mayo or Miracle Whip if you prefer, but my first choice is Hellmann's.
  • I don't add salt to this chicken salad because Creole Seasoning can be very salty. So use it sparingly. I LOVE the flavor profile it adds, but you can easily ruin it by adding too much. You may want to start with 1/4 teaspoon, and taste before adding more.
  • I cut my avocado in half, remove the seed then squeeze the lemon or lime juice over both halves, then I remove the skin and chop. If you don't expect leftovers, you can skip this step if you don't have a lemon or lime

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 373mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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