These crisp butter lettuce cups are filled with a healthy rotisserie chicken salad, made with fresh herbs, grapes, celery, red onion, and a mayo/Greek yogurt dressing. Look no further for the best chicken salad recipe that’s sure to become a go-to meal for you and your family!
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Spring has definitely sprung in Minnesota! Perennial plants are popping up in our garden, the smell of fresh lilacs is wafting through the air, and it’s almost farmer markets season.
I absolutely love the change of seasons, especially in how it relates to food. Right now, I’m really enjoying fresh herbs and lettuce – two things that perfectly represent the flavors and textures of spring produce.
Naturally, these ingredients are what inspired these Rotisserie Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups!
For this recipe, I wanted to use butter lettuce and herbs in a fun and different way. So, I went with lettuce “cups” instead of a traditional, chopped lettuce salad and added loads of fresh herbs.
And to make sure it was easy enough for you to whip together for a weeknight meal or make in bulk for lunch, I used a rotisserie chicken instead of having you prep shredded chicken.
The end result is just perfect. Crunchy butter lettuce serves as the ideal vehicle for rotisserie chicken salad that’s creamy and delicious from a lightened up dressing of mayo and Greek yogurt.
In my opinion, this is the BEST rotisserie chicken salad recipe, mainly because it uses a veggie as the base, but also because of its texture and flavor.
Ingredients in Rotisserie Chicken Salad
Using the right ingredients is absolutely essential for making a perfect rotisserie chicken salad. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 rotisserie chicken (to yield ~5 cups chicken)
- Red grapes
- Red onion
- Fresh dill
- Fresh chives
- Mayo – I like to use mayo made with avocado oil, like this one from Sir Kensington’s.
- Greek yogurt (whole milk)
- Lemon juice
And of course, be sure to get a couple of heads of fresh butter lettuce!
If you don’t want to use a rotisserie chicken, you can make your own chicken by baking, boiling, or slow cooking chicken breasts then shredding them with a fork.
You can sub any fresh herbs for the dill and chives, and can use cherries or berries in place of the grapes.
How to Make Rotisserie Chicken Salad
First, pull the chicken off the bones and shred it with your hands. Discard the bones or compost them. Add the chicken to a large bowl.
Next, chop up the celery, red onion, grapes, and herbs. Add them to the bowl. Whisk together the mayo, Greek yogurt, and lemon juice, and pour it over the ingredients. Mix until well combined.
Serve on crunchy butter lettuce cups! It also tastes great on seed crackers or just by itself. So easy, right?!
How long does chicken salad last?
Based on my personal experimentation, this will last about 5 days in the fridge. You can also freeze rotisserie chicken salad in a large, airtight container. Thaw it completely in the fridge before eating.
If you make this recipe, be sure to report back and rate or review it in the comments below! For other lettuce cup recipes, check out my Buffalo Cauliflower Lettuce Cups and Southwest Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
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Rotisserie Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups
- 1 rotisserie chicken - ~5 cups shredded chicken
- 3 stalks celery - sliced
- 1 cup red grapes - sliced in half
- 1/2 cup red onion - from about 1/2 of a small onion
- 1/4 cup fresh dill - chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh chives - chopped
- 1/2 cup mayo - preferably made with avocado oil
- 1 cup Greek yogurt - whole milk
- 1/2 lemon - juiced
- 2 heads butter lettuce - leaves peeled off and washed
- Pull the chicken off of the rotisserie chicken and shred it with your hands. Add the chicken to a large mixing bowl. Discard or compost the chicken bones.
- Add the celery, grapes, red onion, and fresh herbs to the bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayo, yogurt, and lemon juice. Add it to the other ingredients.
- Mix everything together until well combined. Serve a large scoop of the salad on a leaf of butter lettuce. Enjoy! Store leftover chicken salad in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Remember to pin this simple rotisserie chicken salad recipe now to make later!
Have a great week!