Incredibly easy, totally tasty, and 100% compliant Whole30 buffalo chicken salad is a perfect dish to meal prep for the week, whether it’s your first Whole30 round or your 10th. Portion it into individual servings in grab-and-go containers, or make up a giant batch ahead of your next tailgate or potluck. With shredded chicken, chopped celery, and bold & spicy hot sauce, this chicken salad’s a guaranteed hit.
A Note from Our Nutritionist
To make sure this buffalo chicken salad is Whole30-compliant, you’ll need to double check the ingredients lists on both your store-bought mayonnaise and hot sauce. Some brands of each will contain sugars, nitrates, and/or oils that aren’t compatible with a Whole30 round.
🥗 What Makes This Recipe So Good
- Whole30 buffalo chicken salad is SO good, and even better – it’s SO easy to make! If you’ve got leftover chicken on hand, or maybe you scored a compliant pre-cooked rotisserie chicken at Whole Foods or Sprouts, then you don’t even have to cook anything to make this recipe. Just mix everything together and enjoy!
- It has all the flavors you’d expect from buffalo wings. Tender chicken, creamy & spicy buffalo sauce, crisp & refreshing celery. You could even add some diced carrots if you typically eat carrots with your wings. I like to have a compliant ranch nearby, too – it’s great for dipping lettuce-wrapped buffalo chicken salad in!
- This dish is SUPER versatile. You can make a small batch, single serving of chicken salad to enjoy for lunch one day. You can meal prep a full batch and divide it into individual servings to get you through your week. If it’s football season, you can even just make a giant bowl of salad and set it out at your watch party. Serve the salad with celery sticks, cucumbers, and carrot sticks for dipping. Lettuce cups or halved bell peppers for a sandwich-like option.
👩🏼🍳 Chef’s Tips
- I mentioned earlier that there’s no cooking involved if you can find a compliant pre-cooked chicken or if you have leftover chicken from last night’s dinner. If you want to cook chicken fresh specifically for your salad, that’s totally fine! I highly recommend our recipe for the BEST shredded chicken EVER – complete with 5 different ways to shred your chicken!
- When it comes to condiments like mayo or ranch, store-bought works just fine, and there are SO many Whole30-compatible options in most grocery stores nowadays. If you prefer to make your own, we’ve got you covered! Check out our recipes for one-minute mayo and Whole30 ranch. They’ll become staples for your Whole30 rounds, I promise.
🍗 Even More Chicken Salad Recipes
- BBQ Chicken Salad
- Curry Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins
- Keto Chicken Salad (Classic Shredded Chicken Salad)
- Chicken Salad with Grapes
- Whole30 Chicken Salad
- Cranberry Chicken Salad
- Large mixing bowl
- Large wooden spoon or large silicone spatula
- Add shredded chicken, chopped celery, chopped onion, mayo, hot sauce, salt, and black pepper to large mixing bowl. Gently stir all ingredients together until fully combined and evenly distributed.
- Serve immediately. Alternately, cover bowl with lid or plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour, then serve.
- Chicken: Use leftover chicken, or cook chicken specifically for this recipe using this method. You can use a store-bought rotisserie chicken if you can find one that’s compatible, but most include a form of added sugar.
- Mayonnaise: Store-bought Whole30-complaint mayo is totally fine, or you can make your own. Check out my recipe for Whole30 1-minute mayo.
- Storage: Transfer chicken salad to an airtight container. Refrigerate within 2 hours of preparing. Chicken salad will keep up to 5 days if refrigerated properly.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.