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10 of the Best Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipes I’ve Seen

I probably don’t have to sell you on the upsides of chicken.

It’s cheap, high in protein, low in fat, and versatile.

It needs some love, though, to be truly enjoyable.

You know, you need to dress it up and turn it into something more than just a hunk of bland meat.

Well, that’s where these 10 healthy chicken salad recipes come in.

They’re delicious, easy to make, and portable, and as you’ll see, extremely “diet friendly,” too. All but one clock in at 20 grams of fat per less per serving!

There’s something here for everyone, too.

For a cultural twist, try the Mediterranean Greek Chicken Salad Pita Sandwich. If you want something sweeter, you want the tangy Raspberry Walnut Chicken Salad Sandwich. Plus, there’s even a Vegan “Chicken” Salad Sandwich.

Enjoy!

Sriracha Chicken & Edamame Salad Sandwich

sriracha chicken edamame salad sandwich Picture courtesy of Food and Wine

Ready to spice up your chicken salad sandwich? This recipe takes inspiration from Korea with a touch of Sriracha and a couple scoops of edamame.

That means it has protein from both chicken and plant-based sources like legumes and wheat. Serve with arugula, alfalfa sprouts, sliced tomato, and pickles.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tsp. Sriracha (or to taste)

1/2 tsp. chile powder

1/2 cup edamame, shelled and cooked

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

8 slices sandwich bread (or 4 buns)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 425

Protein: 35 grams

Carbs: 39 grams

Fat: 16 grams

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Vegan “Chicken” Salad Sandwich

vegan chicken salad sandwich Picture courtesy of Happy Food Healthy Life

You don’t even need chicken to make a chicken salad sandwich.

This vegan version starts with tempeh as the protein base, then adds all the classics like mayonnaise, celery, pickles, and mustard. Spread it between two pieces of bread, and you’ll fulfill cravings for the original recipe.

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups tempeh, cubed

1 cup vegan mayonnaise

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

2 dill pickles, finely chopped

4 green onions, chopped

1 Tbsp. dried parsley

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. soy sauce

1 clove garlic, minced

6 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 280

Protein: 13 grams

Carbs: 24 grams

Fat: 16 grams

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Superfood Chicken Salad Sandwich

greek yogurt chicken salad Picture courtesy of Food Faith Fitness

Forget about every bland chicken salad sandwich you’ve ever had. Not only is this one loaded with flavor, but it’s full of nutrition too.

Thanks to superfoods like goji berries, avocado, and almonds, this chicken salad has enough nutrient density to keep you full for hours. Serve it with whole-wheat bread or as a wholesome lettuce wrap.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup coleslaw mix (no dressing)

2 Tbsp. minced red onion

2 Tbsp. toasted slivered almonds

1 Tbsp. goji berries, roughly chopped

1/2 Tbsp. fresh basil, thinly sliced

1/2 cup shredded chicken breast, tightly packed

1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. pure honey

Salt to taste

1/2 avocado, sliced

4 slices gluten-free millet-chia bread

1/2 apple, thinly sliced

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 394

Protein: 22 grams

Carbs: 45 grams

Fat: 16 grams

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Greek Chicken Salad Pita Sandwich

greek chicken salad Picture courtesy of Alton Brown

What better way is there to fill a pita than with a Greek salad? This one has olives, cucumber, and lots of chicken for a protein-packed lunch. Plus, there’s feta and Greek yogurt to make the chicken salad creamy. And you can use rotisserie chicken to make it faster.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 lb. chicken breasts (or thighs), grilled and roughly chopped

1 small cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and chopped

1 Roma tomato, chopped

1/2 small red onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup feta cheese

1/4 cup Kalamata olives, roughly chopped

4 whole-wheat pita

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 305

Protein: 36 grams

Carbs: 24 grams

Fat: 8 grams

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Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich

chicken salad sandwich Picture courtesy of Thrifty Recipes

Make a standard lunch into something special with a few key mix-ins.

This chicken salad sandwich is made Waldorf-style with apples, grapes, celery, and crunchy pecans. And if you use nonfat mayo and yogurt, this flavorful chicken salad will have over 35 grams of protein and only 15 grams of fat.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise

1/3 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp. lemon juice

3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast

1 medium red apple, diced

1 cup red grapes, halved

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

8 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 451

Protein: 37 grams

Carbs: 46 grams

Fat: 15 grams

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Avocado & Pineapple Chicken Salad Sandwich

avocado pineapple chicken salad sandwich Picture courtesy of Growing Up Bilingual

This mayonnaise-free chicken salad uses a delicious, dairy-free alternative.

Go tropical with pineapple, and while you’re at it, use fruit to make it creamy too. This avocado chicken salad sandwich doesn’t need anything but fresh ingredients and a dollop of yogurt to be delicious and nutritious.

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast

2 avocados

1/2 cup grilled pineapple, diced

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup red onion, diced

2 Tbsp. plain light yogurt

1 Tbsp. lime juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 baguette (about 4 oz.)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 679

Protein: 36 grams

Carbs: 54 grams

Fat: 37 grams

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Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

chicken caesar wraps Picture courtesy of Damn Delicious

Chicken salad doesn’t always need mayonnaise. This one uses Caesar salad dressing instead for a completely different meal. And it’s prepared in the Crock Pot, so you can cook the meat and sauce in one step.

This chicken wrap has over 25 grams of protein per serving, and it’s low in carbs because of replaying sandwich bread with a tortilla.

Serves 8

Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 6 oz. each)

2 cups Caesar dressing, divided

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup (about 2 oz.) freshly grated Parmesan, divided

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

8 flour tortillas (about 8”), warmed

4 cups shredded Romaine lettuce

1/2 cup croutons

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 363

Protein: 26 grams

Carbs: 35 grams

Fat: 14 grams

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Buffalo Chicken Salad Cups

buffalo chicken salad cups Picture courtesy of This Gal Cooks

If you have leftover chicken salad filling, then use it for sliders. These appetizers make chicken salad bite-sized by serving it in crispy phyllo shells.

And you can offer customizable options, like a dash of hot sauce for more flavor, or sprinkle crumbled blue cheese on top for a sharp finish.

Serves 7

Ingredients

2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (about 3/4 lb.)

3/4 cup diced cucumber

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. Buffalo wing sauce (plus more for garnish)

1 tsp. Ranch dressing seasoning mix

Fresh cilantro, for garnish

15 mini fillo shells (more if needed)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 156

Protein: 12 grams

Carbs: 9 grams

Fat: 7 grams

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Cottage Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwich

cottage cheese chicken salad sandwich Picture courtesy of The Almond Eater

Chicken salad is already loaded with protein, so how can you add even more?

This healthy recipe makes it creamy with cottage cheese, which adds over 10 grams of protein per serving. And it’s delicious with grapes, dried cranberries, and almonds.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts (about 6 oz. each)

2 cups grapes, halved

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup dried cranberries

2 cups cottage cheese

2 Tbsp. mayonnaise

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

8 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 544

Protein: 45 grams

Carbs: 49 grams

Fat: 20 grams

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Raspberry Walnut Chicken Salad Sandwich

raspberry walnut chicken salad sandwich Picture courtesy of Aunt Millie’s

When you have fresh raspberries in the summer, you’ll want to eat them all day long. They’re great with yogurt for breakfast or baked into a muffin for a snack.

But who knew you could even add berries to chicken salad? This recipe uses raspberries for a high-protein meal by mixing them in with shredded chicken, yogurt, red onion, and walnuts.

Serves 6

Ingredients

12 slices honey wheat bread

1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and shredded

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. lite raspberry walnut salad dressing

1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped red onion

3 oz. chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raspberries

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 374

Protein: 29 grams

Carbs: 33 grams

Fat: 14 grams

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What did you think of these chicken salad sandwich recipes? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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