Rotisserie Chicken Salad

11 comments

5 from 6 votes
Jump to RecipeJump to Video

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy.

This rotisserie chicken salad comes together in 15 minutes and is creamy, hearty, and SO tasty. It makes a crowd-pleasing side dish or sandwich filling.

Love protein-packed salad recipes? Try my steak salad, Caesar salad with chicken, avocado chicken salad, and shrimp salad next.

chicken salad with rotisserie chicken.

What’s my shortcut to a really epic chicken salad? Make my famous rotisserie chicken salad recipe. It’s quick, easy, and very versatile; enjoy it as an irresistible side dish or main dish, or bring it with you to the potluck! No one will guess that it only took you 15 minutes to throw together.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe 
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make a rotisserie chicken salad 
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More easy chicken recipes
  7. Rotisserie Chicken Salad (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe 

  • Quick, easy, and convenient. This salad is known as a lazy chicken salad recipe because you don’t have to cook the chicken from scratch. Just toss the store-bought rotisserie chicken with the rest of the ingredients and dig in!
  • Fresh flavor. I made this salad with a medley of crunchy celery, zesty onion, and tangy lemon juice, so there’s no shortage of vibrant flavors and textures.
  • So easy to customize. Toss through your favorite veggies, change up the dressing, or add some fun mix-ins.
rotisserie chicken salad.

Ingredients needed

  • Rotisserie chicken. My favorite quick and convenient protein for chicken salad. I typically grab a ready-made one from the store, but if you’d like to cook one at home, go for it (try my air fryer whole chicken or spatchcock chicken).
  • Mayonnaise. I prefer full-fat regular mayo for the most flavor, but a healthier low-fat mayo works well, too.
  • Greek yogurt. It lends a tangy flavor and creamy texture, and I personally love that it adds some extra protein. Feel free to use regular plain yogurt instead.
  • Lemon juice. Freshly squeezed lemon juice will always give you the best flavor. 
  • Dijon mustard. Just a little mustard adds a hint of tanginess and depth of flavor.
  • Seasonings. I seasoned the salad with garlic powder, lemon pepper, salt, and pepper. 
  • Vegetables. I made this salad with diced celery, red onions, and scallions. 

How to make a rotisserie chicken salad 

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1 – Make the dressing. Stir the mayo, yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, and seasonings together in a large bowl.

dressing ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2 – Toss everything together. Add the chicken, celery, onion, and scallions to the bowl and toss until they’re coated in the dressing.

veggies and chicken added to dressing.

Step 3 – Chill (optional). Place the salad in the fridge and let it chill for at least 30 minutes. 

Step 4 – Serve. Garnish the salad with scallions and serve with crackers or in a sandwich. Enjoy!

chicken rotisserie chicken salad served.

What to serve with this

Chicken salad with rotisserie chicken is a satisfying main dish or a crowd-pleasing side dish. Pair it with a wide variety of dippers, like crisp vegetable crudites, crunchy crackers, or toasted baguette slices. 

When enjoying it as a side dish, make sure to pair it with all of your BBQ favorites. I recommend the classics, like Wagyu burgers, pasta salad, grilled vegetables, and 321 ribs.

You can also stuff the salad in between toasted slices of bread for a classic chicken salad sandwich or use it as a creamy topping on a salad. I like to add a heaping scoop on top of this simple spinach salad for light yet filling lunches.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Chop or shred the chicken. Use two forks to shred the rotisserie chicken meat or use a knife to cut it into bite-sized chunks before tossing it with the dressing.
  • Taste as you go. Store-bought rotisserie chicken is often pre-seasoned, so I highly recommend tasting the salad as you go and adjusting the flavors as needed. Add more salt, pepper, or lemon pepper until every bite is well-balanced.
  • Chill before serving. Those 30 minutes in the fridge are key to an out-of-this-world chicken salad! During this time, all of the flavors can meld and mingle, enhancing the overall taste and texture.

Variations

  • Add fresh herbs. For extra freshness, add chopped fresh dill, parsley, or cilantro to the salad.
  • Mix up the seasonings. Ground spices, like curry powder, smoked paprika, or cumin, give the salad more complex flavors.
  • Give it a spicy kick. A dash of your favorite hot sauce is always welcome!
  • More add-in ideas. Add grapes, dried cranberries, or raisins for sweetness, chopped nuts or seeds for crunch, or diced avocado for creaminess. Or, make this a Waldorf-style chicken salad by adding chopped apples and walnuts to the mix. 
  • Pasta chicken salad version. You can make this rotisserie chicken salad even more filling by adding cooked and cooled pasta, like macaroni or penne.

Storage instructions

To store: Transfer the leftover chicken salad to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Make ahead: If you want to make this salad ahead of time, I recommend prepping it a maximum of 24 hours before serving.

chicken salad recipe with rotisserie chicken.

More easy chicken recipes

rotisserie chicken salad recipe.

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

5 from 6 votes
This rotisserie chicken salad comes together in 15 minutes and is creamy, hearty, and SO tasty. It makes a crowd-pleasing side dish or sandwich filling.  Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen.
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Video

Ingredients  

  • 1 small rotisserie chicken skin removed and chopped * See notes
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup celery finely diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 scallion diced

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, lemon pepper, and black pepper.
  • Add the chopped rotisserie chicken, celery, onion, and scallion and mix until combined.
  • If desired, chill the salad for 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

* Approximately two cups. 
TO STORE: Transfer the leftover chicken salad to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
MAKE AHEAD: If you want to make this salad ahead of time, I recommend prepping it a maximum of 24 hours before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 29gFat: 17gSodium: 720mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 77IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 0.2mgNET CARBS: 3g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

You May Also Like

5 from 6 votes

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Comments