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Avocado Chicken Salad

This Avocado Chicken Salad is quick and easy to make for a delicious lunch on the go. I love grapes in chicken salad, but you can use any chicken salad add-ins you want!

(This recipe for Avocado Chicken Salad was originally posted in February 2012, but was updated with new photos in 2019).

Head-on view of avocado chicken salad sandwich with top slice of bread slightly removed to show chicken salad, with chips on the side and recipe title at top

You knew this recipe was coming. In fact, you may see it as a cop out. But, I mean, one can only eat so many sandwiches with Avocado Egg Salad and Spinach before one needs to switch it up. And trust me, I’ve been eating a lot of those. So, I decided to play off that recipe and create a chicken salad of a similar nature. I’m currently in super duper busy mode at work and have been needing to turn to some easier options if I want to get food in my mouth at some point throughout the day/night. And trust me, I do. This avocado chicken salad is PERFECT for either packing in a Tupperware or making a sandwich with for a quick lunchtime break.


If you ask me, it’s not a chicken salad if grapes aren’t involved. Seriously. Once upon a time, I thought this was so weird, but now I actually cannot fully enjoy chicken salad if it doesn’t have grapes in it. I was a bit worried that the grapes and avocado may be a weird combo here, but they weren’t. In case you were wondering. I actually quite enjoyed the pair together.

The measurements of ingredients in this recipe are so “whatever.” I list them out here, but feel free to take your own liberties and add more or less of what you want. Basically take some chicken and add the rest of the ingredients in quantities that make you happy. Want it super creamy? Add more yogurt and avocado. Want it spicier? Add more cayenne and some other spices, too. Obsessed with grapes in chicken salad? Add a whole pound full. I won’t tell.

Start by shredding your chicken. I’m pretty obsessed with rotisserie chickens because they’re super inexpensive, amazingly delicious, and the easiest thing in the world to enjoy. I love making a batch of chicken salad to last the week without having to cook a thing. I don’t think I’m a lazy person, but when I get busy, my kitchen sadly gets abandoned. You’ll also want to chop your grapes in half. Mash up your avocado. You can add some lemon to it, too, if you want. This will keep it from browning and give it a delightful spring-like touch. Mix the mashed avocado into the chicken, along with the yogurt, grapes, parsley, cayenne, salt, and pepper.

Collage showing process for making avocado chicken salad, including shredded chicken in a bowl; all ingredients including mashed avocado, yogurt, shredded chicken, grapes, parsley, and cayenne in a bowl; and all ingredients mixed together in the bowl

Taste and then add anything else your heart desire. Spinach? I didn’t have any spinach, but if I did, I might add some in, just like I did the egg salad. The more green the better!

Overhead view of avocado chicken salad sandwich with top slice of break slightly removed to show chicken salad filling on a plate with chips on the side

I like to toast up a slice of bread or two and enjoy a sandwich with my chicken salad. Sometimes I make an open-face sandwich to cut down on the carbs. But I also like to eat this avocado chicken salad right out of the bowl. If you love avocado and chicken, this salad will really make you happy. It’s super creamy and flavorful. And obviously the grapes add a perfectly wonderful, sweet little crunch!

Overhead view of a slice of bread topped with avocado chicken salad with grapes on a plate with chips on the side

I’m pretty psyched for another easy meal option I can take to work for lunch. Not to mention, it’s another healthy one. And one that I didn’t need to turn the stove or oven on for. I always get bonus points for that.

No, it’s not the prettiest sandwich, but my belly really doesn’t care about a little green tint. It just loves avocado! Also, sandwiches are excuses to eat chips on the side. Take advantage of this.

Head-on view of avocado chicken salad sandwich with top slice of bread slightly removed to show chicken salad on a plate with chips on the sid

Thank goodness for quick, healthy, and most importantly, satisfying foods that can work as both lunch and dinner. Now, if only there was such an easy option for getting enough sleep…

What’s your ideal chicken salad?

If you’re looking for other fun chicken salad recipes, check out my Apple, Fennel, and Bacon Chicken Salad. I also can’t wait to try this Strawberry Poppyseed Salad from Lemons + Zest!

Avocado Chicken Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This Avocado Chicken Salad is quick and easy to make for a delicious lunch on the go. I love grapes in chicken salad, but you can use any chicken salad add-ins you want!

Course: Entree, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Avocado Chicken Salad, Chicken Salad, Picnic Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Sues
  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken (can use rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (I use 2%)
  • 1/2 cup halved red grapes
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  1. In a large bowl, mash together avocado and lemon juice.

  2. Add shredded chicken, yogurt, grapes, cayenne, salt, pepper, and parsley to the bowl. Toss ingredients so everything combines.

  3. Serve on toasted bread or lettuce, or just eat chicken salad as is! Keep leftovers in airtight container in fridge for 2-3 days.

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20 Responses to "Avocado Chicken Salad"

  1. Erica says:

    I want this on top of a salad with tons of extra grapes ;). I bet the avocado adds awesome creaminess.

  2. lynn @ the actor's diet says:

    grapes in chicken salad are one of my favorite things ever!!!

  3. Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says:

    This sounds amazing! I’ve made avocado egg salad & chicken salad with grapes… but haven’t yet tried combining avocado & grapes in chicken salad.

    There are so many delicious add-ins for chicken salad; tonight I’m making (and will be posting soon) my recipe for buffalo chicken salad =).

  4. Simply Life says:

    I’ve never tried one with grapes- looks like I need to change things!

  5. Michelle says:

    I have been loving chicken salad lately with Laughing Cow blue cheese wedges, a touch of mayo and diced cucumbers. Yum!

  6. Ben says:


  7. Erica @ In and Around Town says:

    I am not a mayo fan, which generally turns me off of Chicken Salad, but this one I could totally get behind!

  8. Mal @ The Chic Geek says:

    I love the idea of using avocado in chicken salad, so delicious!

  9. emily @ the happy home says:

    i still have yet to try that egg salad, but i have to say: this is SUCH a good idea! my friend calls avocado “california mayonnaise,” it seems like such a no-brainer!

  10. sharon says:

    This was very delicious!

  11. 5 Star Foodie says:

    A lovely salad, very healthly and delicious with avocadoes and grapes!

  12. Gia Grossman says:

    I love healthy but yummy recipes like this. Can’t go wrong!

  13. Shannon says:

    this sounds pretty much like my ideal chicken salad 🙂 i keep forgetting to pick up avocados though…. boo.

  14. Sophie says:

    A real delight of a special good-for-you salad sandwich! I love the tasty combo of chicken & avocado! Yummy!

  15. TheHealthyFarmer says:

    Avocados are a fantastic super food. Destroys bad LDL cholesterol. But I love them because they taste great. I have made an Avocado dip with feta cheese and garlic last weekend. Mmmm! Salad sounds great! Lunch Tomorrow.

  16. Kelly says:

    As if I needed another way to eat chicken salad! I love the Greek yogurt style. You’ve somehow improved on a perfect dish!

  17. Alanna says:

    I love the sound of this! I’m going to try it and also add some walnuts. I love the grape, walnut combo in a chix salad. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Misty says:

    I tried this tonight and added some pecans and lemon juice, plus swapped out the red pepper for ancho chili powder, a little salt and cumin. It was delicious!

  19. cltgrace says:

    Love, love, LOVE chicken salad with grapes. Thinking I’ll love it even more with avocados. Yum! In addition to grapes, I also like to throw in slivered almonds & cranberries. If not almonds, diced water chestnuts give it the crunch I love. I’m hungry now. =)

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