Creamy Mediterranean Chicken Salad contains shredded chicken and classic Mediterranean ingredients like Kalamata olives, capers, roasted red peppers and feta cheese. This simple recipe only has 7 ingredients... with four of the ingredients coming straight from a jar!
Creamy chicken salad is one of my absolute favorite make ahead lunch recipes. It stores well in the refrigerator and can be eaten so many different ways.
While I love a chicken salad recipe with classic ingredients like celery and white onion, this recipe is unique, delicious and crave-worthy as well! I love how easy it is to make with very minimal chopping, because most of the ingredients come from a jar.
- Cooked & shredded chicken breast - If you prefer to make your own shredded chicken, then I recommend poaching your chicken. Poached chicken is juicy, tender, full of flavor and cooks quickly on the stove-top. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to poach chicken here. You can also cook your chicken in the slow cooker. Slow cookers make perfectly juicy and tender shredded chicken! If you don't want to make your own chicken then you can purchase a rotisserie chicken or canned chicken breast.
- Roasted red peppers - I used roasted red peppers that came straight from a jar. You can make your own if you want to, but you definitely don't have to! You can find roasted red peppers near the pickle section in any grocery store.
- Red onion - Red onion is my preference but if you don't have red onion then you can substitute in white or yellow onion.
- Capers - Capers are briny, salty little green balls that add pops of flavor to your dish! Specifically, capers are native to the Mediterranean and are the un-ripened flower buds of the caper bush. You may have eaten capers the last time you ordered chicken piccata from a restaurant!
- Kalamata olives - These are another jarred ingredient. I would not recommend subbing in green or black olives. Kalamata olives are a vital ingredient in this recipe.
- Feta cheese - Purchase crumbly feta cheese and make sure you purchase the full-fat version.
- Mayonnaise - I prefer low-fat mayo but you can use whatever your preference is.
- Optional ingredient - fresh parsley for garnish
That's it! I didn't add any extra salt because the roasted red peppers, capers and Kalamata olives all have salt added in the jar. I found the recipe to be plenty salty and flavorful without adding any extra salt.
- Medium-sized saucepan (to make the shredded chicken)
- Large mixing bowl and spoon
- Cutting board and chopping knife
- Measuring cups
How to make
- Cook & Shred: Cook your chicken breast and then either shred or chop the chicken.
- Mix: Add the roasted red peppers, red onion, capers, Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese to the mixing bowl and combine.
- Stir: Stir the mayonnaise into the chicken mixture.
- Serve: Serve this Mediterranean chicken recipe over greens and garnish it with fresh parsley.
- Over salad greens
- In a wrap
- In a pita
- As a sandwich
- With raw veggies
- With your favorite crackers
Frequently Asked Questions
You bet! It's one of those amazing recipes that actually tastes better after it has sat for a little while.
As long as all of your jarred ingredients are specified as being gluten free then yes, this is a gluten free recipe! This recipe does not contain any of the common gluten filled ingredients like flour, bread crumbs or pasta.
Mediterranean Style Creamy Chicken Salad will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Technically yes... but I do not recommend it! Mayonnaise does not freeze well and tends to separate after it has thawed. I also do not know how well the jarred ingredients or the onions would hold up after freezing and thawing.
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- 2 pounds cooked chicken breast - shredded or chopped
- ¼ cup roasted red peppers - chopped
- ¼ cup red onion - diced
- ⅛ cup capers - liquid drained
- ½ cup Kalamata olives - chopped
- ½ cup crumbly feta cheese
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- Optional - fresh parsley for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, roasted red peppers, red onion, capers, Kalamata olives and feta cheese. Mix until combined.
- Add in the mayonnaise and mix until combined.
- Serve over salad greens and garnish with chopped fresh parsley (optional).
- This recipe is a great high-protein, low-carb option.
- This chicken salad recipe is gluten free as long as all of your jarred ingredients don't have any added gluten.
- Creamy chicken salad will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: lunch
- Method: meal-prep
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
- Diet: Gluten Free
Keywords: Creamy Mediterranean Chicken