Roasted Chicken Salad is always a favorite for our family when we are trying to eat healthy without feeling deprived! Most chicken salads are loaded with mayonnaise but this recipe not only makes a large batch, but the calorie count is only 163 per half cup serving. Roasting the chicken gives the meat such an amazing flavor…but I don’t use boring ole boneless, skinless chicken breasts!
Why bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts are used
It comes down to two major difference: flavor and moisture. When you roast the chicken with both the bone and skin, you get so much more of both. Of course, both are removed after the chicken is roasted but you have already gained the benefits of the keeping them both on.
Trust me. It makes a massive difference.
Mayonnaise vs Miracle Whip
I grew up on Miracle Whip so it is very nostalgic for me but it does NOT belong in this amazing salad. It will completely mess up the lovely dressing that lets the actual ingredients of this chicken salad shine through.
Miracle Whip is much too sweet and doesn’t have a high enough fat content to be a solid base for this salad. Personally, my favorite mayo is Hellmann’s Light. I don’t do generic with this specific ingredient.
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Roasted Chicken Salad
The only chicken salad recipe you will EVER need! Requested over and over again year after year.
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 8 cups
Yes, you can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts but the result will be a drier chicken and not as flavorful.
Do NOT use Miracle Whip in place of the mayonnaise.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Salad
- Method: Roasted
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 163
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 244 mg
- Fat: 8 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 2 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 20 g
- Cholesterol: 64 mg
Keywords: healthy chicken recipes
OOOhhhh, that looks so yummy! I totally agree about the Miracle Whip – yuck!
Have fun with your in-laws!!
Holly Savage says
That looks and sounds wonderful, I’m gonna have to try it with the French Bread. Enjoy your family while they are here.
We just made this tonight. I smoked some whole chickens this past weekend and used some of the left overs to make this. It was very good.
Glad you guys liked it Ryan. It is one of my favorites…. especially on homemade rolls
We made this over the holidays and it was amazing! Easily the best chicken salad I’ve ever had. Thank you so much. It will become a regular on our rotation.
I’m so happy to hear that Marie! It is just so addictive 🙂 Thanks for coming back and leaving your review. It really helps out so much!