Healthy Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados

By Rena |

This healthy chicken salad recipe is lightened up using Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. So creamy, flavorful, and easy to make. A simple chicken salad recipe that can be used top over salads, made into a sandwich and stuffed in avocados.

easy and healthy chicken salad recipe stuffed in avocados

The traditional chicken salad recipe is made with mayonnaise which I swapped with greek yogurt instead for a lighter and healthier option. I have been making this recipe for such a long time now but never as stuffed avocados. Usually, I add some chopped avocados instead of the celery and we make Healthy Chicken Salad sandwiches as a healthy and light lunch. You will love how simple this chicken salad recipe is!

If you’re looking for other delicious chicken recipes, why not also try my Instant Pot Chicken Curry or my Healthy Grilled Chicken Mango Salad!

why you’ll love these healthy chicken salad stuffed avocados

  • Easily stuffed avocados. Making this is really easy. It takes very little time to put together and goes from pantry to table in 10 mins!
  • A healthier take on chicken salad. Loaded with flavor but made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo.
  • Perfect to make for a quick lunch or light dinner. These stuffed avocados are a hearty and delicious alternative to sandwiches, making them great for a quick and satisfying meal.

INGREDIENTS you’ll need

  • Chicken – Use Rotisserie Chicken and shred or make your own shredded chicken. (see below for tips on how to make your own shredded chicken)
  • Avocado – Grab a couple of avocados to stuff with the chicken salad.
  • Greek Yogurt – Needed in place of mayonnaise for that creamy goodness
  • Onions– Adds a boost of flavor
  • Herbs and Condiments – For additional flavor

how to make these healthy chicken salad stuffed avocados

  • Prep your avocados – Cut avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop some out to make room for the chicken. Chop the avocado you scooped out.
  • Make your chicken salad – In a bowl, add in the shredded chicken, chopped avocado, onion, Greek yogurt, parsley, lemon juice, and Dijon. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Stuff your avocados – Divide the Healthy Chicken Salad among your avocado halves and garnish with parsley and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Serve and enjoy!
easy chicken salad recipe with avocados

recipe notes and tips

  • You can cook and shred chicken breast but if you’re after a super quick recipe, use rotisserie chicken.
  • You want ripe avocados for this recipe. If the avocado gives in to firm gentle pressure you know it’s ripe and ready-to-eat. 
  • Add extra crunch with carrots, cucumbers, or chopped cabbage.
  • Add fiber by folding in some drained chickpeas. This makes the salad even heartier.
  • Use this Healthy Chicken Salad as a sandwich spread – so good!
  • For a bit of heat, add some chili flakes.
  • A whole host of herbs work well with this, other than parsley. You can go with dill, tarragon, chives, or cilantro.
  • You could also add some chopped fresh, or pickled, jalapenos.
  • For a pop of sweetness, try adding chopped apples, red grapes, dried cranberries, or raisins.
  • Try different seasonings. Seasonings really change the flavor profile of this salad. You could try  Try steak seasoning, Everything Bagel seasoning, lemon pepper, curry powder, or Cajun seasoning.

faq’s

IS CHICKEN SALAD KETO

The classic chicken salad that doesn’t have any added grapes, fruits, or dried fruits would be keto-friendly. This Healthy chicken salad recipe is keto since it’s topped over avocados instead of it being served in a sandwich. Other keto options would be to serve in lettuce wraps.

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HOW LONG DOES CHICKEN SALAD LAST

Chicken salads should last for 3-4 days in the fridge if stored in a tightly sealed container. Stuff the avocados when you are ready to serve since they will change color and most likely go brown after a few hours.

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CAN YOU FREEZE CHICKEN SALAD

Chicken salad can be frozen so long as they are stored the right way in an airtight container or a good freezer bag. It should be ok to freeze for up to three months. Allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to have your chicken salad. If the consistency is somewhat watery, you can add a few tablespoons of greek yogurt. Remember to not freeze the avocados.

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HOW LONG CAN CHICKEN SALAD SIT OUT

Chicken salad should not be sitting out for long. At the very most one hour at room temperature. It contains either mayonnaise or yogurt. For safety reasons, it is best to store your chicken salad or any leftovers in the fridge in a tightly sealed container.

top down shot of healthy chicken salad in avocados

HOW MANY CALORIES IN CHICKEN SALAD

Calories will vary based on what you added to your chicken salad. Did you use mayo? Did you add fruits? Chicken salad calories will vary anywhere between 100-350  calories. This healthy chicken salad recipe is on the higher end of 309 calories because of the avocados which are high in calories. Don’t let that stir you away from having avocados though! They contain good fats that our body occasionally needs. They have “good” calories.

If you are looking for a low calories chicken salad recipe, you can omit the avocados and serve the chicken salad in lettuce wraps for example. Each serving will come out to 150 calories.

side shot of stuffed avocados

HOW TO POACH CHICKEN FOR this healthy CHICKEN SALAD

If you don’t have rotisserie chicken or you don’t feel like going out to get one, you can poach and make your own shredded chicken at home. Even though you can get some amazing Rotisserie chicken from Costco for about 5 dollars, we sometimes just don’t want to leave the house and make use of what we have!

There are different ways to Poaching chicken. It is very easy and here is what you need to do:

  • Stovetop – Place boneless chicken breasts in a large deep pot or pan. Add salt, pepper, and any fresh herbs like bay leaf or cloves. Pour in about 3-4 cups of cold water. Allow it to cook/boil for about 15 minutes or until the chicken reads 150 degrees using a thermometer. Allow chicken to cool off before shredding.
  • Instant Pot – Using the instant pot will be much faster. Place chicken breast in the pot along with salt, pepper, and herbs if using. Add enough cold water or broth to cover the chicken, close, and cook on high for about 10 minutes.
  • Slow Cooker– You would do the same steps as you would for the instant pot and just place the cooking time for about 4-6 hours or until the chicken can easily shred using two forks.
overhead shot of stuffed avocados

other ways to use this healthy chicken salad

If you’ve made a big batch or just want to try something other than avocado, this Healthy Chicken Salad is great on so much more! Here are some ideas:

  • Sandwiches and wraps
  • Salads
  • Baked potato/sweet potato
  • Stuffed tomatoes, pepper or cucumbers
  • Lettuce wraps
  • Open-faced melts – instead of a tuna melt try this chicken salad!
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Healthy Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados

Avocados stuffed with a Chicken salad recipe that's lightened up with Greek yogurt.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1 Small Red Onion finely chopped
  • 2 Large Avocados pitted
  • Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley plus more for garnish
  • Red Pepper flakes to garnish optional

Instructions

  • Scoop out some of the avocados to make space for the filling. Dice the scooped avocado and place it into a bowl.
  • Add in the shredded chicken, onion, greek yogurt, parsley, lemon juice, and Dijon. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Divide the chicken salad among your avocado halves and garnish with parsley and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Notes

  • You can cook and shred chicken breast but if you’re after a super quick recipe, use rotisserie chicken.
  • You want ripe avocados for this recipe. If the avocado gives in to firm gentle pressure you know it’s ripe and ready-to-eat. 
  • Add extra crunch with carrots, cucumbers, or chopped cabbage.
  • Add fiber by folding in some drained chickpeas. This makes the salad even heartier.
  • Use this Healthy Chicken Salad as a sandwich spread – so good!
  • For a bit of heat, add some chili flakes.
  • A whole host of herbs work well with this, other than parsley. You can go with dill, tarragon, chives, or cilantro.
  • You could also add some chopped fresh, or pickled, jalapenos.
  • For a pop of sweetness, try adding chopped apples, red grapes, dried cranberries, or raisins.
  • Try different seasonings. Seasonings really change the flavor profile of this salad. You could try  Try steak seasoning, Everything Bagel seasoning, lemon pepper, curry powder, or Cajun seasoning.
  • Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Marge says

    5 stars
    I cheated and used canned chicken. I also make this with canned Albacore tuna. I do scoop some of tha avacado from the halves and add that to the filling mixture. I overstuff them so none of the avacado green shows. This is so good and healthy. It is a little time consuming to make, as I add finely cut celery, red or green or yellow bell peppers and finely chopped slightly spicy pickles. I also squeeze a little lime juice in it. Adding finely shredded cheddar cheese on top is good too.

  2. Pamela Orange says

    5 stars
    I have been trying to cut back on groceries I love your recipes and now I know how to poach a chicken all these years I just love this trying to cut back on sugar also and eat healthy too.thanks again for this post Peace and Love, going to make Chicken salad today

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