This simple Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad recipe is an easy low calorie meal with tons of flavor. Serve it on your favorite type of bread, as a lettuce wrap, or over salad.Jump to Recipe
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad (Low Calorie)
Homemade chicken salad is the best way to enjoy chicken salad because you can 100% control the ingredients that go into making it.
Controlling the ingredients (and the quantities) means you can also control the nutrition content and make a healthy chicken salad that’s full of flavor but lower in calories and fat. Greek yogurt chicken salad makes a low calorie chicken salad that tastes just as good (if not better!) then traditional chicken salad recipes.
Typical chicken salad is very heavy on the mayonnaise and often includes calorie dense ingredients like nuts and larger quantities of dried fruit. We keep it simple with this low calorie chicken salad recipe by providing flavor from low-calorie ingredients like non-fat Greek yogurt, dried spices, crunchy celery, and a hint of sweetness from a small amount of dried cranberries.
Non-fat Greek yogurt and lean chicken breast are both excellent sources of lean protein and this healthier chicken salad incorporates them both.
Alternatively, you can make this chicken salad without mayo and use all Greek yogurt instead. This will provide a little more of a protein boost but it will also make the chicken salad a little more tangy, which is why I prefer to use 1/2 Greek yogurt and 1/2 mayonnaise.
If you love the tanginess, feel free to give that version a try!
I know you’ll love this low calorie chicken salad recipe as much as we do. It’s sure to make a regular rotation in your weekly meal plans!
Ingredients to Make Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
chicken salad calories by ingredient
- Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken (8 oz.) – 373
- Celery – 5
- Reduced Sugar Dried Cranberries – 100
- Garlic Powder – 0
- Onion Powder – 0
- Plain Greek Yogurt, 0% – 16
- Hellman’s Mayonnaise – 180
- Fine Sea Salt – 0
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper – 0
Total Calories / Serving – 169
*The calories listed here are approximate and vary depending on specific products/brands used and whether measured by volume or by weight/grams. Calories were calculated using LoseIt App.
As you can see here, the total calories per serving varies slightly from the calories provided in the recipe card below, which uses a different nutrition calculator.
For the most accurate calorie count, weigh your ingredients before cooking using a digital kitchen scale and use your favorite nutrition calculator.
How to Make Chicken Salad with Canned Chicken
You can make this low calorie chicken salad recipe with canned chicken. I use 2 10 oz. cans of chunk white chicken in water. Just be sure to drain the water before adding the chicken.
Start with adding 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt and 1 tablespoon mayonnaise to the chicken and add a little bit more as needed to reach your desired consistency.
How to Make Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt
Step 1. Add the shredded chicken, celery, dried cranberries, garlic powder, onion powder, Greek yogurt, and mayonnaise to a medium-sized bowl.
Step 2. Mix to combine, making sure all the chicken is coated with the mayo/yogurt and the celery and dried cranberries are evenly distributed. The chicken salad should hold together fairly well.
Step 3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to help the flavors meld. Serve as a sandwich, lettuce wrap, or over a salad.
Step 4. Store leftovers in an airtight container up to 4 days.
Meal Prep Chicken Salad
We often make this easy chicken salad recipe for meal prep when we get a rotisserie chicken from Costco. I meal prep the the chicken salad with leftover chicken on Sunday then portion it into 4 small containers to grab throughout the week.
If you like to meal prep chicken recipes, be sure to try these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders (no breading). It’s another quick and easy chicken recipe.
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What To Serve with Chicken Salad
There are a few different ways wot serve chicken salad but one of my favorite ways to serve this Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad is making chicken salad sandwiches on low-calorie bread with lettuce but it’s also great in a lettuce cup if you want to skip the bread. Chicken salad is also great with low calorie sides like carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber slices, red grapes, or fresh berries.
You can also serve this easy chicken salad recipe over a large garden salad for light dinners.
Potato chips and pickle spears are often also served alongside sandwiches but that’s 100% optional.
Tips for Preparing this Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe
- Save time and use leftover cooked chicken. I make Chicken Salad with Rotisserie Chicken almost every time I make it. Rotisserie Chicken Salad is a great use for leftovers and the perfect way to reduce kitchen waste.
- I used reduced-sugar dried cranberries but if you can also use regular or sugar free.
- Shred your chicken as finely as you can. If you use finely shredded chicken, you don’t have to use as much mayo or yogurt to bind the chicken salad together.
- You can even shave off a few more calories by using diced or sliced grapes instead of dried cranberries and light mayonnaise instead of regular.
- Do not use regular yogurt in this recipe. It doesn’t provide the same texture, flavor, or protein that Greek yogurt does.
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Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Recipe (Low Calorie)
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast, finely shredded 8 oz. cooked
- ¼ cup celery finely diced
- ¼ cup dried cranberries finely diced
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 0% fat
- 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
- Add the shredded chicken, celery, dried cranberries, garlic powder, onion powder, Greek yogurt, and mayonnaise to a medium-sized bowl.
- Mix to combine, making sure all the chicken is coated with the mayo/yogurt and the celery and dried cranberries are evenly distributed. The chicken salad should hold together fairly well.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to help the flavors meld. Serve as a sandwich, lettuce wrap, or over a salad.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container up to 4 days.
- I use Hellman’s Mayonnaise in this recipe. See suggestions in the post for mayo substitutions.
- See below for more FAQ’s about chicken salad.