Canned Chicken Salad with Grapes and Almonds
Canned Chicken Salad on Avocado Boats – No Cook Meal Prep Lunch!
Simplify your lunch meal prep with this easy canned chicken salad recipe! Instead of cooking chicken yourself, you can make your prep easier AND more affordable with canned chicken.
It still offers the same nutrients and wholesome protein, and it’s perfect for dorm friendly meals where kitchen equipment is limited. If you’re looking for no cook meal prep lunches, this canned chicken salad is definitely worth trying!
Of course, you could also opt for a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and simply pull the meat off the bone, if you prefer. Personally, I just think it’s easier to make chicken salad with canned chicken, and it turns out just as flavorful!
Between the bursts of sweetness from the grapes and the satisfying crunch from the celery and slivered almonds, you get tons of texture and flavor in this simple canned chicken salad recipe. And, if you stick with canned chicken, it’ll only take you about 10 minutes to make!
How to Make Chicken Salad with Canned Chicken
Honestly, it’s way EASIER to make chicken salad with canned chicken…so there’s not much to explain in terms of changing the basic chicken salad recipe. BUT, what is important to consider is the type of canned chicken that you choose.
Generally, it’s easy to find clean canned chicken options, that are canned in just water—no other junk or inflammatory oils. But, be sure to read those nutrition labels carefully! Check the ingredients lists for any sneaky vegetable oils or questionable additives.
Then, to keep the ingredients as clean as possible, I recommend making this canned chicken salad without mayo. Instead, use Greek yogurt (or an unsweetened nondairy yogurt) for creaminess and an added dose of protein! Plus, mayo doesn’t store as well for meal prep.
Also, I recommend making your canned chicken salad with grapes that are whole and not cut in half. Of course, you can absolutely cut them if you prefer, but keeping them whole also helps this dish last longer for meal prep purposes.
Finally, serve your canned chicken salad as a sandwich, over greens, or even stuffed into avocado halves for a lower carb option!
Canned Chicken Salad Recipe
- 25 oz canned chicken, drained (2 cans, 12.5 oz ea.)
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup red grapes
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup Greek yogurt, or mayo
- ½ lemon, juiced
- ¼-½ tsp salt
- black pepper, to taste
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix to combine.
- Serve on top of greens, in a sandwich, or stuff into avocado halves as chicken salad ‘boats!’ Or, package and store for later in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Yields 6 cups canned chicken salad.