Skinny Chicken Salad

Hi Ya’ll!!

I’ll start off by saying, I hope you all had a fabulous Mother’s Day Weekend! Whether you’re a soon to be mama, fur mama, baby mama, or step mama, you all deserve a day to celebrate yourselves! This was my very first Mother’s Day with Pepper. It was so relaxing. I honestly wanted to spend some time in the kitchen of all places. Like I’ve said before, the kitchen really is my happy place! I also wanted very much to work on some new recipes for Daily Dose.

Eric happily obliged, and I was left to do my work in the kitchen for not just a couple hours, but from 7am until noon! That’s FIVE WHOLE HOURS of delicious creations. I made so many new things! I still need to perfect a couple of them before sharing with you all. One of my only goals in life is to create recipes that will knock your socks off, and maybe make your boyfriends want to marry you and have your babies.

Skinny Chicken Salad

lately on my Instagram account, I’ve had a bunch of requests for my chicken salad. I’ll tell you right now, it’s simple, and it’s fantastic! You honestly cannot add your own spices because these spices are what make this chicken salad so good. I have had personal friends and family of mine CRAVE this stuff during the summer months. It’s good with celery sticks, carrots, crackers, toast, croissants, or just on a lovely bed of lettuce.

My personal favorite is crackers.

Have I ever told you that there was a point in Eric and my relationship that he nicknamed me crackers for, like, a very long time? No? Okay, there you go. Do whatever you want with that information!

I have a feeling most of you might skip over this recipe because of the simplicity of it, but please don’t.

It’s pretty much finger lickin’ good.

This is totally, 100% Eric approved, and he does NOT like mayo, at all. Because he’s not human.

Anyone else have the mayo/miracle whip battles in their homes?

The struggle is real.

Here’s what I do!

Skinny Chicken Salad

Gather up these ingredients, and only these ingredients. FINELY shredded chicken, DRIED minced onion, Light Mayonnaise, and CELERY SALT. (If you aren’t familiar with this type of salt, you find it in with all of the other spices. It’s kind of the key ingredient, to be completely honest.)

Skinny Chicken Salad

Add all of those previously mentioned ingredients into the finely shredded chicken.

Skinny Chicken Salad

Excuse my hands. I have the most unadorable hands in the universe. I thought about telling Eric to do this part and i’d photograph his hands, but then I’m sure you would all think “Whoa, she has really big, manly farmer hands!” I didn’t want there to be any confusion. ANYWAYS, With clean hands, just dig in to the chicken and really mix it up. Honestly It’s part of the process that makes this chicken salad so yummy. Just get in there, It’ll be okay.


This is very important, because the flavors need to mingle. This is also important because you are using dried minced onion, so it needs to soften. You don’t want to eat hard pieces in your chicken salad. Nope, you absolutely do not!

Skinny Chicken Salad

Now go grab yourself whatever means of transportation this chicken salad needs to get into your mouth!

I’m all about the crackers, but I also eat it on sandwiches and with celery a lot too.

I also top with sunflower seeds for the perfect delicious crunch!



5 from 2 votes

Skinny Chicken Salad

A chicken salad that's light on calories, but huge on flavor!
Prep Time 23 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6
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  • 3 cups FINELY shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup Hellmann's Light Mayonnaise
  • 3 tbs dried minced/chopped onion
  • 1 tsp celery salt


  1. In a large bowl, place finely shredded chicken. Add mayo, celery salt, and minced onion. Using clean hands, mix together very thoroughly. Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to let all of the flavors mingle, and the onions soften. Serve!

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1/2 cup

2 Freestyle Smart Points (Calculated with Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)

3 Smart Points  (Calculated with Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)
93 Calories  5g fat, 1g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, sugar 0g, protein 9g (Calculated with My Fitness Pal)


  1. Yummy yummy yummy! Love your version of chicken salad. Girl I love my crackers too!!

    • mamacupcake

      My pantry always has about 10 different types of crackers! I would never last on a low carb diet… and i never have!

  2. undercoverweightwatcher

    Hey there, crackers! I use a combo of light mayo and Greek yogurt in my chicken salad…but then I throw in curry, because I can’t resist. Why didn’t I put in some celerty salt and keep it plain? Next time I will, just cuz you told me so. Your hands comment made me laugh. Have you seen the man hand cover on Tina Fey’s book? That’s what you made me think of when you wanted Eric to be your hand model. Bwa ha ha!

    • mamacupcake

      hahahaha! YES! I haven’t read it, but now I’m totally thinking about eric doing the hand shots from now on. I hate my chubby little dry hands! I hope you enjoy the chicken salad! I thought about doing a greek yogurt mix, but i’ve been making chicken salad this way for so long, i just have troubles messing with it! I make another one with strawberries and pecans in it that has a bit of greek yogurt! I’ll post that soon!

  3. About how many chicken breasts do you use to make 3 cups shredded?

  4. I LOVE your chicken salad!! I made it last week for my lunch every day, and just made some for this weeks lunch!! Thanks for sharing your recipes!

    • mamacupcake

      yay! I AM so happy to hear that. That chicken salad is one of my all time favorites! I’m so picky about my chicken salad now! Enjoy lunch for the week!!!

  5. One of my favorites too! I have to cut back on the celery salt but otherwise it is perfect. It makes enough for me to have it for lunch 4 days. Sometimes I add dill cubes. Thanks!

  6. I just made this and put it into my fridge for lunch later today and couldn’t resist JUST a bite. Even with crunchy onions… de-lish! So simple, but so good! Thanks!!!

  7. Hello! Sounds good but I’m sodium restricted so I’d make without but add celery, red onion and rinsed dill or sweet pickles – love chicken salad so thanks!

  8. I love this recipe and have made it several times since I discovered it on your blog. So delicious and so easy!

  9. I made this and it was so overpowered by onion, I couldn’t eat it. Is to 3 tbsp dried minced onion?

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  12. Goodness. I just made this for lunch prep this week, and legit had an argument with myself “crunchy onions aren’t THAT bad — you could totally just eat it now.” 30 minutes in the fridge seems like an eternity.

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