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Creamy Bacon Chicken Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
This Creamy Bacon Everything Spice Chicken Salad is loaded with flavor and only takes 10 minutes to make!  Instructions on how to easily poach and shred chicken included!
Course: Lunch, main, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, chicken, creamy, everything, everything bagel, everything seasoning, everything spice, sandwich
Servings: 6
Calories: 235 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Cooked Chicken Breasts – shredded or diced
  • ½ Cup Cooked Bacon – crumbled, or more to taste (about 6 slices)
  • 1/2 Cup Celery – finely diced (about 2 small stalks)
  • 1 large Shallot – finely diced
  • 4 ounces Whipped Cream Cheese – at room temperature*
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise (can substitute Greek Yogurt)
  • 1 ½ - 2 TBS Everything Bagel Seasoning or more to taste*
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper to taste
Options for Serving: Croissants, Multigrain bread or Bagel; Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato, Microgreens, Sliced Radishes, Sliced Cucumbers, Sliced Red Onion
Optional Add-ins: Sliced Scallions, Toasted Sliced Almonds, Dried Cranberries
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese with the sour cream until combined.
  2. Add in the chicken, bacon, celery, shallots and everything bagel seasoning. Stir to combine.
  3. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt, pepper, and more everything bagel seasoning if desired.
  4. For the best results, transfer the chicken salad to the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let the flavors develop.
  5. Serve on bread, croissants, bagels; as a wrap or on a salad!  Top with desired accompaniments and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  1. To make your own Cooked Chicken Breasts for Salads – Poach it! (Directions Below)
  2. To quickly shred cooked boneless skinless chicken (breasts or thighs), place warm chicken in a large bowl and use a hand mixer (or stand mixer) on low. Or, add it to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until shredded.
  3. Whipped cream cheese has a lighter, fluffier texture than traditional block cream cheese. It lends a better texture to the chicken salad, but you can use block cream cheese if desired. Regardless, make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature for easy mixing!
  4. The amount of everything bagel seasoning in your chicken salad entirely depends on personal preference. Just like seasoning with salt and pepper, make sure you are seasoning your chicken salad with everything spice to taste!

Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning:

1 TBS Dried Minced Onion

1 TBS Dried Garlic

1 TBS Toasted Sesame Seeds

1 TBS Caraway Seeds

1 TBS Dried Chopped Chives

1 TBS Poppy Seeds

½ tsp Sea Salt

To Poach Chicken:

2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 1 pound)

1 small Yellow Onion – halved & peeled

2-3 cloves Garlic – smashed & peeled

Handful of Fresh Herbs (optional)

1 TBS Lemon Juice

1 Cup Dry White Wine (optional)

  1. In a large straight-sided pot, arrange chicken in a single layer. Add the onion, garlic and fresh herbs (if using). Season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover the chicken and aromatics with lemon juice and enough cold water (and wine if using) to cover the chicken by about an inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 9-12 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through (an instant-read thermometer should register 165 degrees F.).
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Bacon Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 685mg30%
Potassium 276mg8%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.