Avocado Chicken Salad
This avocado chicken salad is perfect for avocado lovers! Serve this on a whole wheat bun or wrap for a lighter option.
Every time Josh and I go grocery shopping, we always pick up avocados. We usually make this guacamole at least once a week and then use any avocados we have left over on sandwiches. But lately, I’ve kind of developed this obsession with adding avocados to everything. There are worse obsessions to have though… right?
I tend to be a creature of habit, so my usual homemade chicken salad has sweeter ingredients like chopped apples, grapes, or cranberries. But then there are times that I like to live on the edge and change things up a bit — like add avocados to my chicken salad.
Crazy, I know.
If you already have some precooked chicken, this healthy chicken salad is a breeze to make. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
What You’ll Need For This Recipe
This healthy chicken salad comes together with minimal ingredients and can be whipped up at a moment’s notice. Here’s what you’ll need to make this homemade chicken salad recipe:
- Avocado: For the best flavor and texture, use a ripe avocado. If it’s green under the stem, then it’s ripe. The avocado shouldn’t be mushy, but it should give just a little when you press into it.
- Cooked chicken: Feel free to use a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken to make things even easier.
- Mayonnaise: You need just a few tablespoons to create an ultra creamy and flavorful chicken salad.
- Lime juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice is best. Roll your lime on the counter before cutting it to get more juice out of it.
- Garlic powder: Just 1/4 teaspoon is all that’s needed to add a little flavor to this dish.
- Salt and pepper: Add salt and pepper to taste.
How to Make Avocado Chicken Salad
This is such an easy chicken salad recipe! Just add all the ingredients to a bowl, stir, and season to taste. I prefer to mix everything together very well. The more you mix, the creamier the avocado will be in this chicken salad.
How to Cook Chicken for Chicken Salad
I always make my chicken a little ahead of time and season it with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder, cook it in a skillet, then chop it up. It’s simple, but perfect in this recipe. I’m sure some chopped rotisserie chicken would work well too.
How Long Is It Good for?
This avocado chicken salad will last up to 3 days if stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Note that the avocado will oxidize (turn brown) over time. That’s normal and won’t affect the flavor.
Can You Freeze It?
Normally, yes. However, since this healthier chicken salad is made with avocado I don’t recommend freezing it.
- If you prefer a creamier chicken salad, just be sure to mix everything together very well. The more you mix, the creamier the avocado will be in this recipe.
- I love to serve this on croissants, but whole wheat buns or wraps work well too.
- You can use chopped or shredded chicken to make this creamy chicken salad. Use whichever you prefer!
More Easy Salad Recipes to Try!
Avocado Chicken Salad
- 2 cups chicken , cooked and chopped
- 1 large avocado
- 3 tablespoons mayo (use more as needed)
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper , to taste
- In a large bowl, add the chicken, mayo, lime juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Cut the avocado in half and dice into small pieces. Scoop the avocado out into the bowl and stir all of the ingredients together until it has reached your desired consistency.
- Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
- Serve and enjoy!
This is my kinda chicken salad! I LOVE putting avocado on top of my chicken salad sandwich, so why haven’t I thought to actually put it IN the salad?! Genius. Love love this, Danielle!
Thanks, Sarah! You can never go wrong with adding avocados to any sandwich 😉
Great idea adding avocado to chicken salad, Danielle! I love this, and can’t wait to try it! 🙂
Thanks, Marcie! Hope you enjoy it 🙂
I am such an avocado girl. I love adding avocado to all the things! And shockingly, I’ve never made an avocado chicken salad. Going to have to change that right away! This sounds delicious!
I think avocados just make everything better! Thanks Natalie!
I would have never thought to put avocado in a chicken salad. It sounds incredible though. I love avocado! Pinning.
Thank you, Jen! Thanks for pinning too 🙂
I would even try this chicken salad with the typical apples and/or grapes added in taken from your average chicken salad. I think it’d be good!
Love that idea! May have to try that next time!
One of my 2016 New Year’s resolution is to be more adventuresome in the kitchen. I’m adding apples……..I’m going in! ( Thanks for the inspiration. )
Hope you enjoy the chicken salad recipe 🙂
Who ISN’T an avocado lover?! This looks great! Such a unique lunch idea 🙂
We are such avocado lovers and always have them on hand. Love that you added them to chicken salad, it looks amazing!
Love this idea. I’m not a big mayo person, so adding the avocados is a genius way to make a creamy chicken salad!! YUM!
Same here, Liz! Thanks so much!
I’m totally addicted to avocado and my mouth is watering for some of this chicken salad! MMM!
Oh wow- this looks like the best lunch. And on a croissant? That is brilliant. Yes please!
You can never go wrong serving chicken salad on a croissant! Thanks, Sherri 🙂
I’m such a sucker for avocados, too! And I love this idea of adding it to chicken salad! Such a perfect lunch or dinner, especially on a croissant roll. Pinned and can’t wait to try out!
Thanks, Gayle! Hope you enjoy the recipe!
This definitely looks like my kind of chicken salad! We always have some avocados at home, so I’ll definitely try it! Pinned 🙂
Hope you enjoy it, Mira! Thanks for the pin too 🙂
Hello avocado chicken sandwich. I am such an avocado and chicken lover and combined together on a sandwich, they are pure perfection.
This looks absolutely amazing! I don’t normally eat chicken salad sandwiches, but I would totally devour this one!
Yes to avocados on everything! I’ve never thought about adding avocado to chicken salad (brilliant, by the way)! I will definitely be trying this! 🙂
Thanks, Michelle! Hope you enjoy it 🙂
So happy you lived on the edge and brought us this delicious chicken salad recipe! I haven’t made it in so long. I love the idea of the added avocado on croissants! Yummm!
Yum!! I am obsessed with avocados too! Do you make avocado toast?! I do like every morning and it is my favorite!
I haven’t tried it before, but that’s genius! I’m so trying that for breakfast, thanks Annie!
We love avocados at our house but usually just make guacamole every time, too! Looks like I’ll be getting more creative and trying this out – SUCH an easy lunch idea! Pinning 🙂
I love adding avocado to foods to make them creamy! This chicken salad looks amazing!
Same here, Christin! I love how creamy avocado can be in dishes.
What a delicious take on chicken salad! I LOVE avocados and could eat them everyday. Now I think I’ve got to cook some chicken just so I can use the leftovers to make this sandwich!
Wow, that looks really good! I never thought of doing this! Heckuva lot healthier than mayo!
Want to hear something crazy? My husband claims he doesn’t like avocados!! I just can’t believe it! At least the silver lining is that I get to eat all the guacamole 🙂 I bet that avocado in chicken salad would be so good!! And I love how green they are!
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Try adding cilantro to the salad.