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How to Make Smoked Chicken Salad

Learn everything you need to know about how to make smoked chicken salad! 

Whether you’ve got a gas or charcoal grill, a Traeger or Pit Boss pellet grill, or even a Masterbuilt electric smoker, we’ve got you covered!

smoked chicken salad

 

Why Smoked Chicken Salad?

Just like we showed you with our delicious smoked egg salad, smoked chicken salad is a great way to take a very conventional recipe to the next level.

It’s also a great way to make something delicious from your leftover smoked chicken.

Whether you are preparing smoked chicken salad by itself as a low carb meal or making it into sandwiches, there is no doubt you’ll love the taste of smoked chicken salad.

First, check out any one of our complete recipes for Smoked Chicken below, and then come on back we’ll show you how we turn it into smoked chicken salad!

You can use meat from a whole chicken, chicken breasts, thighs, or even legs and quarters.  It’s up to you and any option will be delicious.

 

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How to Make Smoked Chicken Salad

shredded chicken in a bowl

Once you have your smoked chicken, either the leftovers or straight from the smoker, shred it up using two forks or a pair of bear claws like we use for our pulled pork.

You can then gather your other ingredients to make smoked chicken salad.

smoked chicken salad ingredients

Here’s What You Will Need:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups Shredded Smoked Chicken
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 medium stalk Celery, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon (up to 1 tsp)
  • Red Seedless Grapes (halved)
  • Fresh Dill
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

Then mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl!

mixing up smoked chicken salad in a bowl

 

The Best BBQ Rubs for Smoked Chicken Salad

a bottle of three little pigs bbq seasoning

Now, why not finish your smoked chicken salad with a great BBQ rub?

Two of our favorites are Blues Hog BBQ Rub and Three Little Pigs Kansas City Championship BBQ Seasoning.

Blues Hog is a little more sweet than salty and looks just like paprika but will give your smoked chicken salad an extra hit of color and smokey BBQ goodness.

Three Little Pigs is a little more golden in color and has more savory spices of salt, garlic, and onion, so a little goes a long way, especially if you already added a lot of salt to your smoked chicken salad..

You can it incorporate into the smoked chicken salad or just sprinkle on top at the end for a little color and extra flavor!

 

Best Ways to Serve Smoked Chicken Salad

smoked chicken salad

Scoop individual portions of your smoked chicken salad onto a Bibb lettuce leaf with crackers and a pickle for a classic low carb meal presentation ala the Chicken Salad Chick.

Or put it onto sandwich bread for a delicious smoked chicken salad sandwich.

Try sourdough or a buttery croissant for an EXTRA special treat!

 

What Other Foods Can I Smoke?

Looking for some more smoky inspiration?

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You’ve come to right place!

Check out these other great step by step recipes for your grill, smoker, or pellet grill.

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smoked chicken salad

Smoked Chicken Salad

Learn everything you need to know about how to make smoked chicken salad! 
Smoked Chicken Salad can be made from any smoked and shredded whole chicken, chicken thighs, or breasts.
Whether you’ve got a gas or charcoal grill, a Traeger or Pit Boss pellet grill, or even a Masterbuilt electric smoker, we’ve got you covered!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Salad, Sandwich, Snack
Cuisine American, Australian, barbecue, BBQ, Keto, Smoked
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 500 kcal

Equipment

  • 2 Forks or Meat Shredding Claws to shred smoked chicken
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 2.5 cups Smoked Chicken shredded, see recipe links in Notes section below
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 medium stalk Celery chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon Mustard up to 1 tsp
  • Red Seedless Grapes halved
  • Fresh Dill
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • Sprinkle of Smoked Paprika or your favorite BBQ rub
  • Bibb Lettuce  optional for low carb presentation
  • Sandwich Bread or Croissants optional for smoked chicken salad sandwiches

Instructions
 

  • Smoke the chicken on any grill or smoker as described in the recipe links below.  Let cool for at least 20 minutes before shredding to help retain juices.
    2.5 cups Smoked Chicken
    a smoked chicken on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Shred the smoked chicken using two forces pulling in opposite directions, or use a pair of bear claws.
    shredded chicken in a bowl
  • Add all the other ingredients to a bowl and mix together well.
    1/4 cup Sour Cream, 1/4 cup Mayonnaise, 1 medium stalk Celery, 1/4 tsp Dijon Mustard, Red Seedless Grapes, Fresh Dill, 1/4 tsp Salt, 1/4 tsp Pepper
    smoked chicken salad ingredients
  • Add the shredded chicken and mix to incorporate with the other ingredients.
    mixing up smoked chicken salad in a bowl
  • Add more salt and pepper to taste OR your favorite BBQ rub seasoning.
    Sprinkle of Smoked Paprika or your favorite BBQ rub
  • Scoop individual portions of your smoked chicken salad onto a Bibb lettuce leaf for a classic low carb meal presentation. Or put it onto sandwich bread or a croissant for a delicious smoked chicken salad sandwich.
    Bibb Lettuce , Sandwich Bread or Croissants
    smoked chicken salad
  • Top with extra BBQ rub and chopped parsley (optional) for a more colorful presentation.
    Sprinkle of Smoked Paprika or your favorite BBQ rub

Nutrition

Calories: 500kcal
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