Classic Chicken Salad

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This lightened Classic chicken salad made from scratch uses far less mayonnaise that most recipes call for. It comes out tender and delicious, perfect on a bagel, served over lettuce or in a wrap.

This lightened Classic chicken salad made from scratch uses far less mayonnaise that most recipes call for. It comes out tender and delicious, perfect on a bagel, served over lettuce or in a wrap.
Lighter Chicken Salad

I have so many chicken salad recipes here on Skinnytaste because it’s on of my favorite things to make ahead for lunch, from Cilantro Chicken Salad, Chicken Waldorf Salad, and Chicken Salad with Dill, to name a few.

I always make my chicken salad from scratch by cooking the chicken breast in chicken broth and I usually add some onion, parsley and celery to the broth to give the chicken a lot of flavor. Using light mayonnaise and some of the broth keeps the chicken salad moist without having to add too much mayo.

This lightened Classic chicken salad made from scratch uses far less mayonnaise that most recipes call for. It comes out tender and delicious, perfect on a bagel, served over lettuce or in a wrap.
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Lighter Chicken Salad

169.5 Cals 25.5 Protein 4 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 3 servings
COURSE: Lunch, Salad
CUISINE: American
This lightened Classic chicken salad made from scratch uses far less mayonnaise that most recipes call for. It comes out tender and delicious, perfect on a bagel, served over lettuce or in a wrap.


  • 2 pieces (1 lb boneless) skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 chicken bouillon
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Hellmann's Lite Mayonnaise, regular for Keto


  • In a medium sauce pan, place chicken, half the celery, half the onion, parsley and cover with water.
  • Add bullion and cook on medium flame, covered for about 15-20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  • Once cooked, remove chicken and let cool. Reserve chicken broth.
  • Cut chicken into small pieces and place in a bowl. Add onions, celery and mayonnaise, 1/8 cup reserved chicken broth and mix well. If looks dry add 1/8 cup more.
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce, in a lettuce wrap or on your favorite bread.


Serving: 1/3, Calories: 169.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 25.5g, Fat: 5.5g, Sodium: 664.5mg, Fiber: 1g
WW Points Plus: 4
Keywords: chicken salad, chicken salad calories, chicken salad recipe, how to make chicken salad

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  1. Great recipe!
    I can’t believe the repeated question of how much chicken for this recipe. You clearly stated one pound.
    You offer free recipes and do the calculations for dieters along with weekly plans and a grocery list. No one else offers that much convenience that I know of.
    I have used your recipes for a long time and I always have great results.
    You have the patience of a saint !!!
    A very grateful follower.

  2. Delicious! And super easy. Always appreciate your recipes. I didn’t have celery but I did have grapes so I swapped for those. Still great.

  3. Awesome on a piece of dry rye toast. Moist and the flavor is there!

  4. What is the serving size it just says 1/3?

  5. I did not have parsley or onion as recipe called for . Basically just used light  mayo, diced celery, salt, and pepper., and Italian spices. I diced it in small cubes that were probably quarter of an inch.  Simple but very flavorful. I think what made it was poaching the chicken with chicken broth and spices. I let it chill for about 4 hours then used it in a wrap with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber. and red onion. It was awesome. Thank you for a recipe that was flavorful and healthy. 

  6. I’ve made this a few times, with good results. Throwing a couple of (large) pieces of celery and onion in the cooking water with the bullion cube really enhances the flavor of the chicken.

    I’ve been using a 1/2 non-fat greek yogurt and 1/2 regular mayo for the dressing. I also use a bit of lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon.

  7. If I use unsalted veggie or chicken broth will it be the same points

  8. can I do 1/2 with mayo and 1/2 with yogurt or sour cream? And then add dill ?? I am not the world’s best cook so not sure about the flavors! thanks

  9. Gina I can’t thank you enough for creating this web site everything is so delicious. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!! Well done!!@

  10. Wonderful and simple chicken salad. Love eating over baby spinach and with other veggies.

  11. 2 chicken breasts?? Approx what weight did you use? I’m going to make this with greek yogurt. whats the converstion for 1 bullion to chicken broth?

  12. Gina – how many ounces did you use for chicken breasts? Thanks.

  13. What a great idea, cooking the chicken in chicken broth! I think I'd just sub the mayo for avocado to avoid all those pesky additives.

  14. Hi' thanks for the recipe! Super easy love it. My intentions were to have enough for lunch the following day but that didn't work. It was gone in less the. 10minutes. Next time I'll double It up. I also added apple to it. It was yummy!

  15. Are the two pieces of chicken breasts 8 ounces each?

  16. if i double the recipe do i double the chicken bullion or still put one cube?

  17. I'm going to have to try this one! I LOVE Chicken Salad. Long ago, when I worked for fast food chicken restaurant, they added a splash of Worcestershire Sauce and honey to their chicken salad. Wonder if that would work here.

  18. Yummy! Was delicious!! How much chicken? What is the serving size? I just did 1/2 cup serving but didn't have the actual pts. value for that? I used a pound of chicken breast.

  19. I tried this with plain greek yogurt and it was delish!! 🙂

  20. i didnt have any chicken bullion so i cooked it in fat free low sodium chicken broth and also added tarragon it was great ty

  21. Hi gina,

    do you know if you can substitute the mayo for non fat greek yogurt? does it taste any good? i'm not a very big fan of mayo and am trying to eat healthier!

  22. hi! i suggest adding some cranberries & walnuts! (i don't follow weight watchers so i'm not sure about the points)

  23. Any updates on this? How many ounces of chicken??

    Thanks 🙂

  24. What do you do with the onion and celery you cooked the chicken in – is this discarded and add the remaining half?

  25. How many ounces of chicken? =)

  26. hi gina – how many ounces of chicken do you use?


  27. I would love to know the new points too! I think I am going to make this for lunches after my Macaroni BLT runs out! 🙂

  28. This is the old points, I'll check and see how it changes to points plus…

  29. Gina can you please update this recipe for us? The weight of the chicken and the WW+ points or the status. I tried plugging it in to the builder but it doesnt seem accurate to me. I got 5 ww+ points per service. Still great but would rather be certain.

  30. Just made this and it was yummy, yummy, yummy!!! I've always been leery of "lite" products but the Hellman's lite had just as much flavor as the full-fat stuff. Hubby wolfed it down (I didn't mention it was "lite"). Very tasty!

  31. Do you know how much chicken in weight?

  32. I love this recipe! I had never made chicken salad before yours, and now I'll never need another recipe! 😉

  33. Hi Gina,

    This looks amazing and I can't wait to try it. Is the serving size a 1/2 cup? Also, do you happen to know the new points+ value?


  34. Nice idea!

  35. I used this as a replacement for my Mother's full fat recipe and added a little old bay for a nice spicy Maryland kick. Even my diet food hating fiancee loves it!

  36. Hi Gina, I just found your website and I LOVE it! I have made three recipes for my family for dinner already and we loved every one. Can you help with the portion size on this chicken salad? How many ounces of chicken or how much finished salad. Thanks!

  37. I just found this post & cannot wait to try this! I love chicken salad & have never made my own from scratch! This sounds amazing & gives me a new option for a lunch for both myself & my daughter!! Thanks!!

  38. This was delicious. Seedless grapes would be a great addition also, or pineapple chunks. The great thing is that you can't even tell it is made with light mayonnaise. For a sandwich I used Pepperidge Farms deli flats for the bread, lettuce and tomato and had a 4 point sandwich!

  39. I love apples in my chicken salad! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to make it with apples soon and post!

  40. Gina,

    I've been reading your blog all morning and sharing it with friends that are on WW. My fiancee LOVES chicken salad and makes it really good…add apples to your Chicken Salad and it fills you up!

  41. Gina,

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful WW recipes! It really gives me such choices that are good and healthy! I love it! 🙂

  42. Gina.
    I’ve been up and down your blog and I have just finished licking the computer screen.Wish I had smelly vision.

  43. Looks so healthy, thanks for sharing it 🙂

  44. Gina, this looks positively delicious! 🙂