A refreshing take on traditional chicken salad, this Whole30 Chipotle Chicken salad is great on its own, in a lettuce wrap, sandwich, or leafy salad.
It can be really hard to bust out of a lunch rut. And this last year has been easy to get into a rut, for sure. I usually fall into two choices for lunch, a salad when I’m at work, or a sandwich at home. Snooze. But what I love about chicken salad is that it is versatile. I can make a sandwich with a little something different, add it on top of a leafy green salad for extra protein, put it into a wrap, or on leaves of butter lettuce. Either way, I’m getting the extra protein I need, and avoiding the carbs I don’t.
Summer is all about fresh flavors, and I add extra lime and cilantro to mine to give it that pop! Adding red bell pepper and corn gives a little sweetness to the mix, along with gorgeous color.
If you’re not inclined to make this Whole30 compliant, you can use any mayonnaise you have on hand. A Whole30 compliant mayo doesn’t have sugar, or soy in it, so be sure to read your labels if you’re making this W30 compliant. One brand I like is Tessemae’s Organic Mayonnaise. Whole30 has lots of rules, but whether or not you’re following it right now, this chipotle chicken salad is a winner all around. And to add more fiber to the mix, you can even add in cannellini or black beans!
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Nope! It’s got a tiny bit of heat, but the best thing about chipotle is that it gives this whole30 compliant chicken salad a smoky flavor that is delicious!
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce is easy to find, but hard to justify opening a whole can for when a recipe calls for just a couple tablespoons. I will open a can of chipotle, and freeze the leftovers into cubes for future use. Just thaw before mixing into this salad. I also use Tabasco Chipotle sauce, too!
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