This hummus chicken salad is a unique twist on classic chicken salad! Instead of using mayonnaise, I used hummus as the binder. Just trust me on this. It gives the salad a unique flavor and creaminess, while also making it naturally gluten free and dairy free. This hummus chicken salad is packed with protein and veggies. It is also easily customizable and can be made in several different flavors and combinations. This salad is so easy to make, you can throw it together in just 10 minutes. It makes a great lunch or dinner option. It’s also a great option for meal prep, as it will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-5 days! Be sure to save this recipe to prep for the week ahead.
Why You’ll Love This Chicken Salad
It’s so easy to whip up!
If you use rotisserie chicken and store bought hummus, you can throw it together in just 10 minutes.
This hummus chicken salad is super creamy!
Using hummus instead of mayonnaise can be a healthier alternative, as it’s lower in fat and calories and higher in protein and fiber.
This chicken salad has a super unique flavor!
It is easily customizable and you can switch up the flavors or vegetables.
This chicken salad is super allergy-friendly and is naturally gluten free and dairy free!
All you need to make this hummus chicken salad is a bowl, cutting board and a knife. If you are going to shred the rotisserie chicken by hand you will need two forks. Otherwise, you will need a stand mixer.
Rotisserie Chicken: I love using rotisserie chicken to make chicken salad because it is a great hack to make it quickly! This is perfect for busy weeks. See below for my tips on how to shred rotisserie chicken!
Celery: Celery adds a nice crunch to this hummus chicken salad!
Carrots: Carrots also add crunch and texture to this chicken salad along with additional nutrients.
Grapes: Grapes add some sweetness to this dish.
Red Onion: Red onions have a slightly sweet and sharp flavor that complements the chicken and other ingredients in the salad. They also add color and crunch!
Hummus: Hummus adds creaminess to this chicken salad and acts as a binder. Feel free to use store bought hummus to make this recipe quick and easy. I used garlic hummus because I love garlic flavored foods. If you are looking for a homemade recipe, I love my sesame-free hummus recipe.
Dill: Dill has a bright, citrusy flavor that complements the chicken and other ingredients in the salad.
Step 1: Gather your ingredients.
Step 2: Shred the rotisserie chicken. See below for my tips!
Step 3: Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Step 4: Mix thoroughly and enjoy!
To store chicken salad safely, it is important to follow these tips:
- Store chicken salad in an airtight container.
- Refrigerate chicken salad promptly after making it.
- Do not leave chicken salad out at room temperature for more than two hours.
- Consume chicken salad within 3-4 days of making it.
How To Shred Rotisserie Chicken
There are two main ways to shred rotisserie chicken: by hand or using a stand mixer.
To shred rotisserie chicken by hand:
Remove the skin from the chicken, if desired. Remove the legs and wings from the chicken. Cut the chicken breasts and thighs into smaller pieces. Use two forks to pull the chicken meat apart into shreds. Be sure to remove any small bones from the chicken meat as you shred it.
To shred rotisserie chicken using a stand mixer:
Remove the skin from the chicken, if desired. Remove the bones from the chicken. Place the chicken meat in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Turn the mixer on low speed and shred the chicken meat until it reaches the desired consistency.
Tips for shredding rotisserie chicken:
- If the chicken is still hot, let it cool slightly before shredding it. This will make it easier to handle and less likely to fall apart.
- If you’re using a stand mixer to shred the chicken, be careful not to overmix it, or the chicken will become mushy.
- Once the chicken is shredded, you can use it immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Store Bought Hummus Versus Homemade Hummus
Store bought hummus is convenient and easy to use. It is also typically less expensive than making your own hummus. However, store bought hummus may contain added ingredients, such as preservatives and artificial flavors. It may also be lower in protein and fiber than homemade hummus.
Homemade hummus can be healthier and more customizable than store bought hummus. You can control the ingredients and make it to your liking. However, homemade hummus can be more expensive and time-consuming to make.
Try out different hummus flavors for this hummus chicken salad! Some ideas are red pepper hummus, garlic hummus, olive hummus, spicy hummus or lemon hummus.
Feel free to experiment with different fruits and vegetables. Try adding in apples, avocado, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes or any of your other favorites.
You can also add different herbs and spices to your hummus chicken salad to customize the flavor. Try adding parsley, basil, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika or cumin.
How To Serve
There are many ways to serve this hummus chicken salad! Try it out on a sandwich, wrap, in a salad, as a dip, on a baked potato or on lettuce cups!
Can you use hummus instead of mayonnaise in chicken salad?
Yes, that’s what I did in this recipe and it turned out delicious! Hummus acts as a binder in this hummus chicken salad.
Can you add more veggies to this chicken salad?
Yes! Feel free to swap out veggies or add additional veggies.
What is chicken salad high in?
This chicken salad is packed with protein from the chicken and the hummus.
How to give chicken salad more flavor?
Adding fresh herbs is a great way to add flavor to chicken salad. Feel free to also add buffalo sauce or hot sauce if you are wanting to add spice.
How can you serve this chicken salad?
This chicken salad can be served in so many ways! Try it out as a dip with crackers, on a sandwich or wrap, in a salad, on lettuce cups or on pasta.
Be sure to try these lunch ideas next:
Hummus Chicken Salad
- 1 bowl
- 1 cutting board
- 1 knife
- 2 forks or stand mixer
- 2 cups rotisserie chicken shredded
- 3/4 cup hummus
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 1 cup grapes halved
- 1 carrot diced
- 1/4 red onion chopped
- 1 tbsp dill
- dash salt
- Gather your ingredients.
- Shred the rotisserie chicken. See below for my tips!
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix thoroughly and enjoy!