This light and refreshing homemade Chicken Salad with Bacon is loaded with fresh ingredients. It is a perfect lunch to serve in a sandwich, greens or all by itself. You will never make chicken salad any other way after one bite.
Lately, I haven’t been able to get enough chicken salad. My favorite being the pre-made version from Costco. If you want to use rotisserie chicken, go ahead. I prefer to boil a few chicken breasts and shred it myself. This way the meat is juicier and doesn’t dry out during baking.
Adding bacon crumbles to the chicken salad is a game changer. Paired with the finely chopped apple bits, you get a sweet and salty mix in each bite. Not sure why I didn’t think of that before. Most chicken salad recipes call for fruits like grapes or cranberries. However, not many mention using apples. I found that using apples doesn’t overpower the salad in sweetness. It gives the scallions, dill and mustard a fair shot at flavor. Bottom line – bacon and apples just work in this chicken salad.
Depending on your dietary preference, this chicken salad can be served over a green salad, in butter lettuce wraps if you want to keep it low carb. If you love lettuce wraps, like I do, check out these chicken lettuce wraps. Also, it’s tasty over toasted bread or simply with a fork on its own. You can’t go wrong either way!
Just a side note, you can swap the light mayo for greek yogurt. The yogurt gives the salad a slightly different taste, but it won’t take away from the flavor of the overall dish. Now, onto the recipe!