This Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad is a quick, easy, and flavorful Whole30 lunch that you can prep ahead and pack all week. Enjoy the flavor of a jalapeño popper in a simple salad for lunch!
Spice up your lunchbox with this Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is one of those recipes that I hated as a kid, but cannot get enough of as an adult. You can make so many different styles and varieties of chicken salad and it’s always satisfying.
The best part is that you can prep it once on Sunday or Monday and enjoy it in your lunchbox all week. This chicken salad has all the flavor and spice of a jalapeño popper, but with healthy, Whole30 ingredients.
Plus, you won’t need to reheat this at work when you pack it in your lunch!
What kitchen tools will I need to make this Whole30 lunch?
What ingredients will I need to make this low carb chicken salad?
You will be amazed at how easy it is to make this Whole30 and low carb chicken salad with just a few simple ingredients!
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Mayonnaise – I like Primal Kitchen Mayo or my homemade recipe!
- Green onion
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Avocado oil
How spicy are jalapeño peppers?
Want to make this chicken salad a little spicier? Just leave in some or all of the seeds when you slice up your jalapeño. The spice level of jalapeño can vary from pepper to pepper.
The spiciest parts of jalapeño peppers are the seeds and the membrane. They aren’t super spicy, but you can control how much spice you get from each pepper.
Let’s make some Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad!
Step 1: Poach the chicken.
First, place chicken breasts in a sauce pan and cover with cold water. Then, bring the water to a boil, cover the pot, reduce to a simmer and simmer for 14 minutes.
After simmering, remove the chicken from the pot, allow to cool slightly and shred with two forks.
Step 2: Prep the Bacon and Jalapeños.
While the chicken poaches, prep the bacon and jalapeños. Fry the bacon over medium low heat until crispy. Then, place the bacon on a towel or rack to let the grease drip off.
Next, deseed and chop the jalapeños into small strips. If you want a spicier chicken salad, leave some of the seeds attached to the pepper.
Saute for 10 minutes, add salt to the jalapeños and saute for an additional minute before removing from heat.
Step 3: Mix it all together!
In a large mixing bowl combine mayonnaise, green onion, garlic powder, and onion powder into an even mixture.
Then, add shredded chicken, cooked jalapeños, and chopped bacon to a bowl with the mayo mixture.
Mix together until each piece of chicken is coated and an even mixture remains.
Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Step 4: Enjoy!
How long will this chicken salad keep in the fridge?
Once prepared, store this chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- Place chicken breasts in a medium sized sauce pan and cover with cold water until both breasts are covered with at least 1″ of water
- Place pot on the stove uncovered and bring water to a boil
- Reduce the water to a simmer and cover with a lid
- Simmer the chicken for 14 minutes then remove from heat
- While the chicken cookes prepare the bacon on the stovetop – fry at medium-low heat until crispy
- Also, prepare the jalapeños by deseeding and slicing into small strips. **If you want a spicier chicken salad, leave some of the seeds attached to the pepper.
- Place 1 tbsp of avocado oil in a frying pan over medium heat
- Saute jalapeños until soft, about 10 minutes. Then, add 1/2 tsp salt and saute for an additional minute
- Place cooked bacon on a towel to drain some grease and then chop into bite sized pieces
- In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, green onion, onion powder, and garlic powder
- Once cooked, remove the chicken from the water and shredd on a plate or cutting board with 2 forks
- In a large bowl combine shredded chicken, mayo mixture, sauteed jalapeños, and chopped bacon
- Mix all ingredients until evenly combined
- Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days
If you are on the Whole30 be sure to use Whole30 compliant bacon and mayo. I like this one.