Keto gold

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This Basic Chicken Salad recipe is keto gold in my fridge.  One of the easiest beginner recipes in real food keto meal planning is this Basic Chicken Salad recipe.  Eaten by itself, over a bed of greens or with a side of avocado…as long as you have a stash of Basic Chicken Salad in your fridge you’re golden.

When I started out dieting decades ago it was the same story over and over…plain dry chicken breast over a bed of bed of dry greens. Iceberg lettuce, 3 cherry tomatoes and dry chicken breast. How sad is that? No wonder I could never follow the diet. That salad was boring, tasteless and so unsatisfying. And I was starving!

Things changed when I was allowed to add lots of fat to my life as long as I gave up the processed foods, sugar and grains. The weight fell off, my hair grew thick, I slept through the night EVERY NIGHT and I was full of energy.


Basic Chicken Salad = Powerful Salads

Having this Basic Chicken Salad ready made in my fridge solved so many issues. Before work I’d grab a couple handfuls mixed greens, 1/2 an avocado, a handful of shredded red cabbage, maybe some tomato and a healthy serving of this Basic Chicken Salad…and there was my work lunch.

I always keep a bottle of olive oil and packet of course salt and pepper at my desk. At lunchtime (somewhere between 12-2pm) I’d pull out my salad, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil. Mix that baby up with the Basic Chicken Salad and I’m telling you that I was full and satisfied right through to 6 or 7pm.

Full on fat

When I ate fat (as in avocados, mayo or olive oil) I finally felt like I was eating real flavorful foods. Hunger levels plummeted when I ate my Basic Chicken Salad and I actually ate LESS. My satiating hormones kicked in and I literally could not put another bite of food in my mouth.

The real stuff

Keto Chicken Salad
Simple ingredients for my Basic Chicken Salad

When I started eating REAL food my life got significantly better and my stomach issues and roller coaster weight issues ended! I followed a simple food list I created based on foods I liked. Every thing in my Basic Chicken Salad recipe is on this list! Instead of being told what I could not have I wanted to know what I could have without ever having to count of measure or weight anything…. (ok…I couldn’t go crazy on the nuts-had to ration them out).

My Keto Food List

I printed this list out and taped it right on my fridge. I also kept a pdf copy of this list on my phone so I could refer to it when I was grocery shopping. Having my Keto Foods List handy helps me stay on track and now I know what foods are the healthiest for me.

Basic Chicken Salad

This basic chicken salad recipe is keto gold. One of the easiest beginner recipes in real food keto meal planning is this basic chicken salad recipe. Eaten by itself, over a bed of greens or with a side of avocado…as long as you have a stash of chicken salad in your fridge you’re golden.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basic keto, chicken, easy meal, lunch
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 259kcal
Author: The Kellie Kitchen


  • 4 cups chicken shredded or chopped, rotisserie
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • ½ cup parsley chopped
  • 1 cup mayo homemade or good quality store bought
  • ½ tbsp black pepper or more


  • Chop all ingredients and mix in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate.


I like to keep this chicken salad made in my fridge every week. One serving is about 1/2 cup of chicken salad over 2-3 cups salad greens, cabbage, scallions and whatever other veg you like. Sprinkle salad with coarse salt and pepper and drizzle with 2-3 Tbsp olive oil


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 160mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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MEDICAL AND NUTRITION DISCLAIMER…Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nutritional break downs are done using a commercial nutrition calculator. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctorbefore starting any diet or exercise program. I provide nutritional information for my recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers, this should never be construed as medical advice.

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