Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad

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This low carb Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad recipe from my book Dairy Free Keto Cooking is the perfect quick and easy lunch recipe. Tender, juicy chicken, smoky bacon, spicy jalapeños, garlic, and red onion, tossed with creamy mayo, Dijon, and fresh herbs and spices. It is incredibly flavorful and comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for keto meal prep. Enjoy it in a low carb sandwich, as a lettuce wrap, or even as a dip.

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This recipe is from my book Dairy Free Keto Cooking. It features over 160 low carb, keto, gluten free, and dairy free recipes. It has 5 different allergen friendly meal plans, and over 100 pages of resources. If you suffer from dairy intolerances or food allergies, this is the book for you. If you are someone who just loves easy to make, delicious food, then this also the book is for you. Grab a copy of Dairy Free Keto Cooking HERE

Ingredients Notes

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  • CHICKEN: For this keto chicken salad recipe, I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but you can also use chicken thighs. To make this recipe even easier, can even use rotisserie chicken. If you love chicken salad, try my Dill Chicken Salad Recipe
  • BACON: What would a Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad be with the addition of chopped smokey bacon? If you enjoy the classic flavor combo of Jalapeño poppers, try my Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup Recipe
  • JALAPEÑO: If you are not a fan of jalapeños or do not like spicy foods, you can simply omit them. If you want to mix things up a bit, this is also delicious with red bell peppers, Serrano peppers, or even poblano peppers. Check out my Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Popper Recipe
  • MAYONNAISE: The mayo in this recipe and a nice cooling, creaminess. If you are not concerned with keeping this a dairy free chicken salad recipe, try mixing some softened cream cheese in with the mayo. For even more flavor, try making it with my Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise Recipe.

Step by Step Instructions

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How to make Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad

STEP 1: Add the chicken, bacon, onions, chives, jalapeños, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a large bowl.

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STEP 2: Mix until the ingredients are well incorporated. Taste and add more hot sauce and/or salt, if desired.

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Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Storage: Store the leftover Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad in refrigerator for up to a week. (These are my favorite storage and meal prep containers)
  • Use Rotisserie Chicken: To make this keto chicken salad recipe even easier, use a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. If you want to make your own whole roasted chicken, try my Garlic and Herb Butter Roasted Chicken Recipe
  • Make it Pickled: Change things up and use Pickled Jalapeños instead of the roasted jalapeños, and Pickled Red Onions in place of the raw red onions.
  • Cheese it Up: If you are not concerned with keeping this a dairy free chicken salad recipe, it is also delicious with cream cheese or sharp cheddar cheese added.
  • Add Roasted Garlic: If you are like me and LOVE all things garlic, try adding some Whole Roasted Garlic Cloves to this recipe.
  • Add Tomatoes: This Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad recipe is also delicious with cherry tomatoes, or even sun-dried tomatoes added.
  • Make it Whole30 Compliant: To make this a Whole30 Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad recipe, just make sure that the hot sauce, mayonnaise, and bacon that you use have only Whole30 compliant ingredients.
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Serving Suggestions

  • Make a sandwich: Pile this keto chicken salad on top of my Keto Everything Buns and make a Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • Make lettuce wraps: Wrap it up in fresh lettuce leaves for a delicious lettuce wrapped variation.
  • Make stuffed peppers: Halve and seed a bell pepper, spoon some of the chicken salad in both halves, and bake for 20 minutes, or until the peppers are tender. (more keto stuffed pepper recipes)
  • Make stuffed avocados: Spoon some of this whole30 chicken salad over top of half of an avocado. Try this Bruschetta Stuffed Avocado Recipe
  • Serve it as a Dip: Add 4 ounces of softened cream cheese and make this a warm dip. Simply mix all ingredients together and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F. (More Keto Dip Recipes)
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you roast jalapeños?

There are a couple of ways to roast the jalapeños. If you have a gas range, you can roast them directly over the flame, turning them frequently so they do not burn. They are done when they are charred and slightly blistered. Alternatively, you can lay them on a baking sheet and put them under the oven broiler for 3 to 4 minutes.

What is a good substitute for mayonnaise?

If you are not a fan of mayo, or cannot have eggs, Greek yogurt makes a great substitution in this recipe. If you substitute with yogurt, I recommend omitting the vinegar.

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white bowl with the ingredients for jalapeño popper chicken salad - chicken, bacon, onion, jalapeño, hot sauce, garlic

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad


  • Author: Kyndra Holley
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This low carb Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad recipe from my book Dairy Free Keto Cooking is the perfect quick and easy lunch recipe. Tender, juicy chicken, smoky bacon, spicy jalapeños, garlic, and red onion, tossed with creamy mayo, Dijon, and fresh herbs and spices. It is incredibly flavorful and comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for keto meal prep. Enjoy it in a low carb sandwich, as a lettuce wrap, or even as a dip.


Ingredients

Scale

  • 2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces (I get all my organic, free-range chicken here)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped red onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 roasted jalapeños, seeded and sliced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (get my homemade recipe here)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 batches Keto Everything Buns (optional for making sandwiches)
  • romaine lettuce leaves (optional for making lettuce wraps)

Instructions

  1. Put the chicken, bacon, onions, chives, jalapeños, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and mix until the ingredients are well incorporated. Taste and add more hot sauce and/or salt, if desired.
  2. Serve on my Keto Everything Buns, in lettuce wraps, or all on its own. 

Notes

  • net carbs per serving: 0.7g
  • Storage: Store the leftover Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad in refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Use Rotisserie Chicken: To make this keto chicken salad recipe even easier, use a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.
  • Cheese it Up: If you are not concerned with keeping this a dairy free chicken salad recipe, it is also delicious with some cream cheese or sharp cheddar cheese added. 
  • Category: Salad Recipes
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 435
  • Fat: 21.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 55.2g

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