Feed a crowd with this delicious, easy Pesto Chicken Salad Recipe. It’s made with 10 simple ingredients and is the perfect way to enjoy a filling, protein rich meal!
The best chicken pesto salad
Chicken recipes are always the best. I think it’s because they’re so versatile, but maybe it’s because they allow you to go in so many different flavor directions!
One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is in chicken salad with pesto. It’s loaded with flavor, uses 10 ingredients (including salt and pepper), and is ready in hardly any time at all!
Chicken salad makes a fabulous dish for feeding a crowd, as it’s the perfect appetizer-style bite but can also be made into a heavier meal by enjoying on wraps or bread.
Ingredients used to make pesto salad with chicken
You will need 10 ingredients to make pesto salad. When all is said and done, the recipe yields 10 delicious servings perfect for eating as-is or enjoying atop your favorite wrap or salad!
- Chicken: First, you’ll need 4 cups of cooked, chopped, and packed chicken.
- Peppers: Use 1/2 cup of chopped roasted red peppers.
- Onion: Next, include 1/2 of a yellow onion diced into small pieces.
- Celery: Include 1/2 cup of chopped celery for extra flavor and crunch.
- Almonds: Add 1/2 cup of sliced almonds. This sneaks in a great flavor component!
- Mayonnaise: To thicken up the salad, add 1/3 cup of mayo.
- Greek yogurt: Next, include 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt. This replaces part of the mayo that you’ll find in other chicken salad recipes and makes things a bit healthier.
- Pesto: Add 1/2 cup of store bought pesto for that great taste!
- Seasonings: Finally, season the chicken salad with 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper, each.
Tools needed to make this recipe
To make this pesto chicken salad recipe, start with a cutting board and chopping knife. Many of the ingredients will need to be diced into small pieces. Next, you’ll need a large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, stirring spatula or spoon, and whisk.
To measure ingredients you will need 1/2 tsp, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make pesto chicken salad
Once your chicken is cooked and your ingredients are prepped, all you do is mix them together and enjoy!
First, add the chicken, roasted red pepper, onion, celery, and almonds to a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, yogurt, pesto, salt, and pepper.
Add the dressing to a bowl with the chicken and veggies and stir until well combined.
How to enjoy pesto chicken salad
This chicken salad can be served in nearly any way, but one of my favorite ways to enjoy it is on a wrap. Just put a few spoonfuls onto your favorite tortillas or wraps, and you’re good go go! You don’t need to add anything else.
You can enjoy it as-is, as a sandwich, or use this as a topping for lettuce-based salads. Just add a dollop on top!
For food pairings, great side dishes include your favorite chips, salad, fruit, veggies, etc.!
Storing leftover pesto chicken
Keep leftovers refrigerated in a tightly sealed container. Enjoy within 3 days for the best flavor and freshness!
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
This pesto chicken salad is the perfect meal for lunch, dinner, or a snack! If you’re craving some more chicken ideas, try these.
- Healthy BBQ Chicken Thighs
- One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta
- Cranberry Chicken Casserole
- Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken
- 4 cups cooked chicken, chopped + packed
- 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup store bought pesto
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- In a large bowl, add chicken, roasted red pepper, onion, celery, and almonds.
- In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, yogurt, pesto, salt and pepper.
- Add dressing to bowl with chicken and veggies and stir until well combined.
- Serve! I like to eat in wraps, on salads, or just straight up!
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