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Paleo Chicken Salad Boats

Paleo Chicken Salad

During the Spring and Summer months, our fridge is almost always stocked with Paleo Chicken Salad. It makes for such a flavorful, satisfying and simple meal! Since chicken salad is served cold, it’s also perfect to pack for lunches to be enjoyed at school or at the office.

What makes a good chicken salad in my book is the mayo. Store-bought mayo may be convenient, but it is often packed with unhealthy oils and preservatives. Homemade mayo is actually quite easy to make with an immersion blender or a food processor. It is also a health food! It’s a great way to add some more healthy fats into your diet.

For this Paleo Chicken Salad recipe, I like to poach an entire chicken in the slow cooker. This way, I can make a large batch of chicken salad and I can also make chicken broth at the same time. One of the keys to being successful on a Paleo diet, is cooking once and eating twice (or more)! If you don’t have time to poach a chicken, a store-bought rotisserie chicken will work too.

Belgian endives are a great Paleo and low-carb alternative to toast. Their crisp and slightly bitter flavor compliments this creamy chicken salad nicely.


Paleo Chicken Salad Boats

Serves 8 to 10


The Players

  • 4 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3/4 to 1 cup homemade mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 to 5 heads of Belgian endives

The How-To

  1. In a medium bowl combine, chicken, celery, green onions, red onions, bell pepper, sage, parsley, lemon juice and dijon mustard.
  2. Fold in mayonnaise starting with about 1/2 a cup and then adding more until you reach your desired consistency. I like a creamier chicken salad that uses about 1 cup of mayonnaise.
  3. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Scoop the chicken salad onto the endive leaves and serve.

Paleo Chicken Salad Boats

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Arsy Vartanian is the founder of the Paleo recipe and lifestyle blog, Rubies and Radishes and she is also the author of the cookbook, The Paleo Slow Cooker. In an effort to achieve optimal health and wellness, she discovered the Paleo diet in 2008. Arsy started feeling better than ever and was eventually able to recover from health issues that she had struggled with for almost a decade. Arsy is also a home cook, that deeply enjoys spending time in her kitchen creating healthy, grain-free recipes for her family and her blog readers. She resides in a quaint beach town in California with her husband and daughter.

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4 Responses to Paleo Chicken Salad Boats
  1. Amanda Woods-Osman via Facebook
    April 29, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    On my list of things to make this week now!

  2. Food Renegade via Facebook
    April 29, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    I know! They’re so full of yum, Amanda.

  3. Kim
    April 29, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    This looks so awesome! Will be making this very soon. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Lea
    April 29, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    One of my old favorite chicken salads has dried cranberries in it. I think that could be a wonderful addition to this salad.

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