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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  1. Lea says

    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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