Southern Style Chicken Salad (Keto, Whole30)

My homemade Southern Style Chicken Salad recipe is easy to make and loaded with homemade mayo, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, pecans, pickles and onions. Perfect served over lettuce or on top of cucumbers. Only 2 NET carbs per serving! Whole30, Keto, and Paleo.


My Southern Style Chicken Salad recipe is the perfect lunch, dinner or appetizer. It’s filled with so much flavor and can be added over lettuce, on top of cucumbers or stuffed in mini peppers for the perfect meal or snack. This recipe can be whipped up in no time at all and serves as an amazing meal prep option.

All of the ingredients for this chicken salad recipe in individual bowls.

What Kind of Chicken To Use

  • Rotisserie Chicken (I love buying mine at Sam’s Club)
  • Boiled Chicken
  • Canned Chicken
  • Grilled or Baked Chicken
  • Chicken Thighs

Tips & Tricks For This Southern Style Chicken Salad

  • Finely Shredded Chicken: The key to the perfect chicken salad recipe is shredding the chicken by adding it to a food processor. It gives it the perfect consistency and really is game changer for the overall texture.
  • Let it sit in the fridge overnight: Making sure to allow the chicken salad to sit between 3-24 hours makes a big difference in the taste. I always like making my salad the night before and allowing it to sit in the fridge overnight before serving. The flavors are incredible and serving it cold is best in my opinion.
  • Homemade Mayo: Store-bought mayo is not my jam. Making mayo homemade is the only way I can eat it. My 60 second Mayo recipe is filled with super simple ingredients and doesn’t have any junk. Click here to grab the recipe.
  • Pickle Juice: Adding a tablespoon or so of pickle juice gives the chicken salad great flavor. It’s my secret for my tuna and chicken salad recipes.
Southern Style Chicken Salad Pinterest Pin
An overhead shot of the salad recipe on a plate with a pickle, lettuce and tomatoes.

How To Serve

  • Over lettuce with a tomato and pickle
  • Stuffed in mini peppers
  • Wrapped in a coconut wrap
  • Gluten Free Crackers (Not Keto or Whole30)
  • On top of cucumber slices
A close up photo of the salad over a bed of lettuce with tomatoes

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Southern Style Chicken Salad

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


My homemade Southern Style Chicken Salad recipe is easy to make and loaded with homemade mayo, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, pecans, pickles and onions. Perfect served over lettuce or on top of cucumbers. Only 2 NET carbs per serving! Whole30, Keto, and Paleo.



  • 5 cups chicken, cooked and finely shredded
  • 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickles
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh or dried
  • 3/4 cup homemade mayo
  • 3 tablespoons pecans, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. To a food processor, add in the cooked chicken and pulse for 20 seconds or until the chicken is nice and chopped. 
  2. Transfer the chopped chicken to a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix with a large wooden spoon until combined and creamy. 
  3. Place a lid on the mixing bowl and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight before serving. Serve with sliced cucumbers, over lettuce or mini bell peppers. 
  4. Enjoy!


  • This can be stored for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator safely in an air-tight Tupperware with a lid.
  • For the chicken you can boil, bake or grill chicken breast, use canned or even a rotisserie chicken from the store. 
  • If you want to boil chicken breast for this recipe you can fill a 2 1/2 quart pot with water and add a little salt to flavor the water. When the water is boiling, add the chicken and cook until tender and no longer pink in the center, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken and allow it to cool.
  • Click here for my 60 second homemade mayo recipe
  • Category: Entrees/Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Whole30, Gluten Free, Keto


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 247
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 433
  • Fat: 19
  • Carbohydrates: 3
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 16
  • Cholesterol: 103

Keywords: Southern Style Chicken Salad, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Chicken Salad

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Comments (15)

  • Making this today, sounds so yummy!

    • Hope you love it!

  • this is the kind of simple but flavorful recipe i dream for weekday lunches. i used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and primal kitchen paleo mayo to save myself some extra time 😉 ate some today wrapped in butter lettuce and it was perfect. this was my first time breaking up chicken in the food processor like that – it’s hella smart – less work on the body in breaking down/digesting the meat.

  • So delicious and an easy go to meal during the week.

    • So happy to hear. Thank you!

  • I absolutely loved this chicken salad! A new family favorite 🤩

    • So happy to hear. Thank you

  • OMG I have just made this and have it chilling in the fridge. It really is slap somebody AMAZING! One of the BEST chicken salads I’ve ever had!! Thanks Mac!

    • Yay! I am so happy to hear this. Thank you

  • What could I use instead of the pickles and pickle juice?

    • I would just omit if you don’t like pickles.

  • Made this yesterday…so good! (I added apples because my husband says it’s a must!). Amazing!

    • This sounds like a great touch. Thanks or making

  • Hi! I am excited to make this chicken salad but have a question: do you use dill or sweet pickles/pickle juice? Thanks!

    • Dill pickle


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