Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

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This Greek yogurt chicken salad is a creamy and flavorful meal – featuring shredded chicken mixed with crunchy celery, zesty red onion, and a tangy Greek yogurt and mayo dressing infused with dill and garlic. It’s perfect for meal prep or a just a quick high-protein lunch on the go.

Chicken salad in a bowl with some crackers in the background.

What You’ll Need To Make This Chicken Salad

This simple Greek yogurt chicken salad requires minimal effort and basic ingredients.

  • Cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • Celery
  • Red onion
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Mayo
  • Dill
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
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How to Make Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

  1. Begin by cooking your chicken breasts using your preferred method – whether it’s using a Crock-Pot, Instant Pot, boiling, or baking, it’s up to you. Once cooked, shred the chicken into manageable pieces and place them in a large glass bowl.
  2. While the chicken cooks, finely chop the celery and red onion to add a refreshing crunch to the salad.
Ingredients to make chicken salad.
Ingredients in a bowl to make chicken salad.
  1. In a separate bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, mayo, dill, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to create a creamy dressing.
  2. Combine the shredded chicken, chopped celery, and red onion in the large bowl, then pour the dressing over the mixture. Gently toss everything together until evenly coated.
Dressing for chicken salad in a glass bowl with a spoon.
Chicken salad in a bowl with dressing on top, ready to be mixed.
  1. Boom – that’s it! Your Greek yogurt chicken salad is ready to be enjoyed. You can serve it on its own (I mean really, just eat it right out of the bowl), with crackers for a satisfying snack, or as a sandwiched between slices of bread for a quick and hearty protein rich lunch.
  • Be sure to check out the full ingredient list and recipe instructions below.
A bowl of Greek yogurt chicken salad with a blue napkin next to it.

Want to Jazz It Up Even More?

This chicken salad is just fine on its own, but just in case you want to get fancy with it (or for when you get bored) try these add-ins:

  • Grapes: Halved grapes add a sweetness and crunch.
  • Apples: Diced apples provide a crisp texture and more subtle sweetness.
  • Nuts: Chopped nuts such as pecans, almonds, or walnuts are tasty with the chicken.
  • Cranberries or Raisins: Dried fruits add a pop of sweetness and a chewy texture.
  • Avocado: Creamy avocado chunks lend richness and a velvety texture.
  • Fresh Herbs: Chopped herbs like parsley, cilantro, or chives add brightness and depth of flavor.
  • Bacon: Crumbled bacon provides a smoky, savory kick.
  • Pickles: Diced pickles or pickle relish offer a tangy and slightly acidic flavor that cuts through the richness of the dressing.

And if you’re looking for other light, fresh and easy lunch ideas, whip up this Greek Cucumber Salad in 10 minutes.

Chicken salad in a bowl with a spoon on top and some crackers in the background.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Was Made For Meal Prep

One of my favorite qualities about this Greek yogurt chicken salad is that it really shines as a meal prep option, since it lasts in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can prepare a big batch on Sunday and have easy grab-and-go lunches for the rest of the week.

Just prepare the chicken salad as directed, portion it out equally into 4-6 meal prep containers, pair with crackers, chopped veggies, or bread and refrigerate.

Tip

If you’re really pinched for time, consider using shredded rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. It makes this chicken salad even quicker to prepare and adds flavor.

A bite of chicken salad sitting on a cracker with a fort next to it.

This simple and fresh chicken salad offers a tasty solution for when you need a nutritious and delicious (and high-protein) lunch option. With its quick and easy prep, you’ll love incorporating it into your weekly food routine. And don’t worry, this isn’t your run of the mill bland and boring chicken salad – it’s savory and flavorful. You won’t be disappointed!

Chicken salad in a bowl with a spoon on top.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

By: Kristine Underwood
This Greek yogurt chicken salad is a creamy and flavorful meal – featuring shredded chicken mixed with crunchy celery, zesty red onion, and a tangy Greek yogurt and mayo dressing infused with dill and garlic. It's perfect for meal prep or a just a quick high-protein lunch on the go.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 164 kcal

ingredients
 
 

  • 2 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
  • 2 ribs celery (diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1/4 cup mayo (avocado or olive oil are best)
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook the chicken breasts as desired (Crock-pot, Instant-pot, boil, or bake) and shred into large chunks. Place in a large glass bowl and set aside.
    2 chicken breasts
  • While chicken is cooking, finely chop the celery and red onion.
    2 ribs celery, 1/2 red onion
  • In a smaller bowl mix the Greek yogurt, mayo, dill, salt, pepper, and garlic together.
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup mayo, 1 tsp dill, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Add the chopped celery and red onion to the large bowl with the chicken. Pour dressing over chicken and vegetables. Stir well to evenly combine all of the ingredients.
  • Serve in a bowl with crackers or as a sandwich and enjoy.
  • Store prepared chicken salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Do not freeze.

Notes

*The nutritional information is for the prepared chicken salad as written only and does not include crackers, bread, or additional mix-ins. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowlCalories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 18gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 348mgPotassium: 325mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.4mg
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12 Comments

  1. This is really, really good. I’ve made it two weeks in a row now for lunches. The second time I used your suggestion and added pecans, a very nice touch. Great recipe!5 stars

    1. Hey Shawna! Thanks so much for this. I’m thrilled you love the chicken salad too. Pecans and almonds are my favorite nuts to add to this – I’m right there with you! I appreciate the comment.

  2. I love this recipe! It has been my go-to for quick lunches. Thanks for another great recipe!5 stars

    1. This makes me so happy to hear Sky! Mine too, I make this almost weekly. Glad you enjoyed it too!

  3. I made this chicken salad for lunch today and it was incredible! And so easy to make too!5 stars

  4. What a gorgeous recipe! Making this for lunches from now on, it’s delicious!5 stars

    1. Hi Harriet! Thank you so much, I’m really glad you enjoyed the chicken salad!

  5. I just love this creamy, rich and delicious chicken salad. Perfect for a sandwich spread too.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Veena! Oh, it definitely is. Happy to hear you enjoyed it!

  6. This is perfect! Some in our house can’t handle too much mayo so this was the perfect! Thank you!5 stars

    1. I feel you Ned, same here! I appreciate it, really glad you enjoyed it!