5 Ingredient Keto Chicken Salad

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Simple salads like this one are my go-to meal when I don't have time to cook. Technically it's made with eight ingredients but I didn't count the salt, pepper and ghee as these are used in most savoury recipes.

I made my keto & paleo salad with crispy bacon and chicken breast cooked in a skillet and then finished off in the oven. If you're short on time, simply use leftover rotisserie chicken. I also used avocado which is the key ingredient that will provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and electrolytes to keep keto-flu at bay.

Finally, I drizzled some ranch dressing on top. You can make your own or you can use a ready made option like Primal Kitchen made with avocado oil and no additives.

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Nutritional values (per serving)

3.1 grams 7.4 grams 38.7 grams 43.8 grams 10.1 grams 581 calories
Total Carbs10.5grams
Net Carbs3.1grams
of which Saturated10.1grams
Magnesium79mg (20% RDA)
Potassium1,031mg (52% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2%), protein (28%), fat (70%)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, skin on (285 g/ 10 oz)
  • 6 thin-cut slices bacon or 3 regular slices (90 g/ 3.2 oz)
  • 1 large avocado, sliced (200 g/ 7.1 oz)
  • 4 cups mixed leafy greens of choice (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 4 tbsp Paleo Ranch Dressing (60 ml/ 2 fl oz) - or you can make your own Keto Ranch Dressing (recipe contains dairy)
  • ghee or duck fat for greasing
  • salt and pepper, to taste
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  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F. Start by crisping up the chicken breasts. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper from all sides. Grease a small skillet with ghee or duck fat. Place the chicken breasts, skin side down, on the hot pan.
  2. Without moving it, cook the chicken on high until golden brown and crispy, for 5-6 minutes. Then, flip the chicken on the other side, cook for 30 seconds. Transfer the skillet into the oven. 5 Ingredient Keto Chicken Salad
  3. Cook the chicken for 10-15 minutes. WIt's done when an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 74 °C/ 165 °F.
  4. If you want to bake the bacon in the oven, spread the slices over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes ... 5 Ingredient Keto Chicken Salad ... until crispy and golden brown. Alternatively, you can crisp up the bacon separately on a frying pan. 5 Ingredient Keto Chicken Salad
  5. Once the chicken is cooked, transfer to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Slice the avocado and the cooked chicken. Assemble the salad: start with the leafy greens, and then add avocado, crispy bacon and sliced chicken. 5 Ingredient Keto Chicken Salad
  7. Top each salad with 2 tablespoons of Ranch Dressing. 5 Ingredient Keto Chicken Salad This salad is best served immediately. You can always keep some cooked chicken and crisped up bacon in the fridge and reheat or simply use cold. 5 Ingredient Keto Chicken Salad
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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I'm considering a keto diet, have tried the Paleo way & liked it but my husband got board. Not sure how to keep him interested so we can do this together, any suggestions?
Thanks Carolyn


Hi Carolyn, the approach I follow is a whole foods based keto diet which is very similar to the paleo diet (without the high-carb foods). This may help: How To Keto (how-to guides, benefits etc.)


Can I use some homemade substitute of Ranch Dressing? Any recipe?


Yes you can - check the intro and the list of ingredients for the link 😊