Paleo Whole30 chicken salad equals creamy, curried chicken and loaded up with yummy veggies. This salad is stuffed into avocados and topped off with fresh herbs and green onions. A delicious, quick and easy Whole30 lunch hack!
Why is this Whole30 chicken salad so great?
- The fact that there is curry inside really takes the flavors up ten notches.
- It's perfect for meal prep and eating throughout the week. Such a great dish to eat as leftovers.
- It is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and Whole30.
- You can quickly whip up the chicken in the Instant Pot.
- Serve it in an avocado or wrapped in lettuce, and it's a great low carb option.
I will need to post my coffee recipe soon because I have made a concoction that I deem as perfect for me. I wake up in the morning, excited to break out my blender and start my mad science coffee work.
Okay, so from coffee to curry… I love chicken salad. Usually, I eat chicken salads filled with grapes, cranberries, nuts, etc.
But hold your horses. I’m ready to kick up the chicken salad game about twelve notches.
A paleo chicken salad recipe that's nutritious and filling
My husband used to come and bring me lunch at work (years ago, at my corporate “normal” job) and every once in a while, he’d surprise me with some gluten free bread and chicken salad.
No, not green salad. He would bring over a couple tubs of chicken curry salad and tuna salad from our neighborhood market.
They were both delicious, don’t get me wrong. What I noticed immediately after trying each of them though, was a strange aftertaste. Then, I read the ingredient list, and there was the culprit: VEGENAISE!
Do not get me wrong- if you are vegan and want to get your pseudo mayonnaise on, by all means grab the Vegenaise.
IT IS NOT FOR ME THOUGH. Why? The first ingredient is soy oil. Plain and simple. Neither my mind nor my body agree with any soy products.
Soon after, I was on a mission to make a quick and easy Whole30 compliant mayonnaise at home.. and I did!
How do I serve curried Whole30 chicken salad?
Why did I decide to stuff this creamy chicken salad into avocado “boats?”
Well, first of all, is there anything cuter than a stuffed avocado? The answer is no.
Second of all, I wanted to find a vessel for the chicken salad that was Whole30 compliant and that complimented the flavors from the chicken salad.
Because of the subtleness and creaminess the avocado lends, it is absolutely the perfect companion for the creamy, curried chicken salad. Do you get it now?
Also, I’m all about easy. I wanted to make this recipe as easy as possible and by making it low carb and full of all the healthy fats and protein, I think it will be VERY easy to eat all at once. Just kidding. You could though. If you wanted to.
Can I make the chicken in the Instant Pot?
Turn on the Instant Pot and set to “Manual.” Add chicken thighs, water, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of oregano. SET the pressure to HIGH and the timer for 12 minutes.
After the chicken has finished cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Then, move the “sealing” nob to “venting” and let it release completely. Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and shred using two forks on a cutting board. Set aside to cool.
Chances are, this is your first time seeing this recipe, and that is very exciting for me. The fact that I can get away with rephotographing old recipes from years ago makes me feel pretty giddy.
It is my goal to begin rephotographing more and more of those recipes so you don’t miss a delicious beat. First up was this paleo whole30 chicken salad, as they are one of my favorite recipes to date ????
There is nothing easier to pack ahead of time than these delicious boats, loaded up with creamy chicken salad and fresh veggies and herbs. Get ahead with your Whole30 and make these boats today!
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Paleo Whole30 Chicken Salad Boats
- 2 1/2 pounds pounds organic, boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1 small green apple diced
- 1 small red onion diced
- 2 small yellow or orange bell peppers diced
- 1 cup Homemade Paleo Mayonnaise
- green onions for topping
- fresh parsley for topping
- 4 avocados halved and pitted
- Rinse chicken thighs in cold water and pat them dry on a cutting board. Remove any excess fat if you'd like.
- Bring a large sized pot of water to a boil. Add the chicken and cook until the internal temperature reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you don't overcook the chicken or it will become tough and dry.
- Strain the chicken and leave to cool on a cutting board. After it has cooled, cut the chicken into bite-sized cubes.
- Combine your spices in a small bowl and thoroughly rub them into the chicken with your hands. Transfer your spiced chicken into a large bowl (big enough for you to mix everything together well with your hands!)
- Add the vegetables and apple to the bowl of chicken and stir until combined.
- Pour the mayonnaise over the chicken and vegetables, and give it a really thorough lather/mix with your hands. Make sure everything is completely coated with the mayo.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.
- Stuff the avocado halves with chicken salad. Garnish with green onions and fresh parsley. Enjoy!
- To make the chicken in the Instant Pot: Turn on the Instant Pot and set to “Manual.” Add chicken thighs, water, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of oregano. SET the pressure to HIGH and the timer for 12 minutes. After the chicken has finished cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Then, move the “sealing” nob to “venting” and let it release completely. Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and shred using two forks on a cutting board. Set aside to cool.
- This recipe will make a lot of chicken salad (about 10 servings.) I am unsure how many avocado halves it would take to utilize all of the salad. As a point of reference, I calculated the nutritional information for this salad without the avocado.
Hi! I’m Monica – recipe developer, matcha addict and lover of all things chocolate, kombucha and any & all puns. I am also the blogger, real food lover, & bonafide hustler behind the blog ‘The Movement Menu.’ I’m so excited to welcome you to my happy space, where my appreciation of creative recipes and healthy & mindful eats come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.