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Barbecue Chicken Salad {Paleo + Whole30 Compliant}

You definitely don’t have to sacrifice taste to make something healthy with this Barbecue Chicken Salad recipe.  It is packed with big bold flavors and you might not even guess it is whole30 compliant, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and low carb!  This makes the perfect lunch or summer dish whether you are following a special diet or just want something delicious.

Barbecue Chicken Salad recipe - This recipe is naturally paleo, gluten free, dairy free and whole30 compliant but you will love it whether you are on a diet or not because it is absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a fast and easy recipe to make and is the perfect lunch or summer dish.

If you are a regular around here and haven’t figured out that I have a slight obsession with chicken salad then this recipe should make it totally obvious.  I mean really… what’s not to love?  It is cool, creamy, flavorful, and full of great textures.  It is light enough so you don’t feel that too full feeling after eating it, but packed with protein and will keep you full throughout the day.

So many CHICKEN SALAD recipes and they are all rated 5 stars and so delicious! Everyone in the comments is raving about these! Ranch Chicken Salad, Fajita Chicken Salad and even Classic Chicken Salad! So many great recipes!

{See ALL of my Chicken Salad Recipes here}

Probably the best part though is that chicken salad can be made so many different ways, and so many different flavors but still jives with all sorts of diet plans.  So basically you can eat an absolutely amazing meal and not even feel like you ate “diet food.”  And that my friends, is exactly the kind of diet food I am okay with.  Not diet tasting diet food that is.  Got it?

Barbecue Chicken Salad recipe - This recipe is naturally paleo, gluten free, dairy free and whole30 compliant but you will love it whether you are on a diet or not because it is absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a fast and easy recipe to make and is the perfect lunch or summer dish.

So when I did the Whole 30 diet last year I got really into making my own spice mixes.  I found that most of the prepackaged ones contained something or another that wasn’t approved for the diet so I just decided that the best way to go was to reinvent them so I knew they were totally on the up and up for what I needed.  Barbecue was one of the biggest challenges because by nature most barbecue sauces have quite a bit of sugar in them which is of course a no-no on this plan.  But after some tinkering in the kitchen I came up with this dry barbecue seasoning that I really loved.  (Like really loved.)

Homemade BBQ Seasoning Recipe - Great for Dry rubs and marinade for chicken or mix with mayo for a crazy good dip for veggies. Whole30 compliant, Paleo, dairy free, gluten free, sugar free and really, really, delicious!!

{Whole 30 Dry Barbecue Seasoning Recipe here}

This Whole 30 BBQ seasoning is the key to making this chicken salad Whole 30 compliant, so if you are following the Whole30 diet, make sure you whip up a batch.  If you aren’t on a special diet then feel free to sub your favorite Barbecue sauce in the recipe, although you might just want to try this one anyway because it really is that good and as a bonus, totally guilt free!

Barbecue Chicken Salad recipe - This recipe is naturally paleo, gluten free, dairy free and whole30 compliant but you will love it whether you are on a diet or not because it is absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a fast and easy recipe to make and is the perfect lunch or summer dish.

Barbecue Chicken Salad Recipe – Paleo + Whole 30 Compliant

First grab all of the ingredients for the chicken salad:

  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Whole30 Barbecue seasoning

Barbecue Chicken Salad recipe - This recipe is naturally paleo, gluten free, dairy free and whole30 compliant but you will love it whether you are on a diet or not because it is absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a fast and easy recipe to make and is the perfect lunch or summer dish.

For the chicken you can use any kind you want, although, the taste and flavor of the chicken salad will be directly related to the quality that you use, so go with something good if you can!  My favorite easy go to is leftover rotisserie chicken.  At my Costco they also sell rotisserie chicken breast already pulled in a package which is also good.

I add red pepper, yellow pepper, onion and cilantro to this for the veggies. You can take some leeway here to add or substitute other favorite veggies you love.  I always try to add a pretty high ratio of veggies in my chicken salad because they have great texture and really lower the calories per serving and since the mayo is pretty calorie rich, it helps balance it all out.  If you wanted add more veggies, you could add finely chopped celery for a great bit of crunch.

As far as the mayo goes, if you are following the Whole30 diet, then you will need to make your own.  That sounds crazy, but it is actually surprisingly easy and extra delicious homemade.  I follow this fool-proof recipe for homemade mayo here.  If you aren’t Whole 30, then go ahead and use homemade or store bought.  Any of them will work in this recipe.

Last note about the ingredients is on the cilantro.  I know some people hate cilantro, so if you are one of those people then go ahead and leave it out.  I don’t think that this recipe will magically make you love it, but I will say that cilantro is a pretty awesome compliment to the barbecue flavor.  So if you don’t hate it, then don’t you dare take a short cut and leave it out.  It really makes the dish something special!

Barbecue Chicken Salad recipe - This recipe is naturally paleo, gluten free, dairy free and whole30 compliant but you will love it whether you are on a diet or not because it is absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a fast and easy recipe to make and is the perfect lunch or summer dish.

So grab a big bowl.  This makes quite a bit, but is so delicious it gets eaten pretty fast around here.  Dump in your chicken and veggies.  Then in a smaller bowl, mix the mayo with the seasoning then dump it on top of the chicken and veggies and stir it in well until everything is coated.

You can dig right in, but it is even better if you can throw it in the fridge for a couple of hours and let all of those gorgeous, bold flavors really combine together.  It is so hard to wait, but it is worth it!

Barbecue Chicken Salad recipe - This recipe is naturally paleo, gluten free, dairy free and whole30 compliant but you will love it whether you are on a diet or not because it is absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a fast and easy recipe to make and is the perfect lunch or summer dish.

This keeps in the fridge for about a week, so you can use it for easy week day lunches or prepare it ahead of time for a brunch, or potluck.

As always, I hope you love it as much as we did!  If you try it, it would make my day if you let me know what you thought in the comments!

Barbecue Chicken Salad recipe - This recipe is naturally paleo, gluten free, dairy free and whole30 compliant but you will love it whether you are on a diet or not because it is absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a fast and easy recipe to make and is the perfect lunch or summer dish.

Barbecue Chicken Salad {Paleo + Whole30 Compliant}
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Whole30 Barbecue seasoning
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix the chicken, mayo and bbq seasoning until evenly combined.
  2. Add the bell pepper, onion, and cilantro into the chicken mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes to overnight to let flavors combine.
  4. Mix well when you remove from the refrigerator and serve chilled on romaine lettuce, cucumber slices, avocado halves, mini pepper halves or your favorite way to eat it!

Barbecue Chicken Salad recipe - This recipe is naturally paleo, gluten free, dairy free and whole30 compliant but you will love it whether you are on a diet or not because it is absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a fast and easy recipe to make and is the perfect lunch or summer dish.Homemade BBQ Seasoning Recipe - Great for Dry rubs and marinade for chicken or mix with mayo for a crazy good dip for veggies. Whole30 compliant, Paleo, dairy free, gluten free, sugar free and really, really, delicious!!

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  1. Kristi says

    Any idea on the serving size and calorie count? I just made this and I can’t wait until it’s done chilling in the fridge! I use the bbq special ce all the time. So good! Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Kristi- I don’t calculate or supply those for my recipes but there are a lot of websites that will do the conversions for you. I really hope you love the chicken salad!

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